Friday, April 30, 2010

The Unlikely Voyage of Jack de Crow

Since I'm on the road all the time, I tend to do a lot of reading to pass them time.  This is good, but it's also not-so-good as I get to daydreaming about my unfinished Goat Island Skiff.  However, sometimes a book comes along that not only motivates, but helps embellish daydreams and pass the time.

I just finished reading this whimsical adventure book, and I highly recommend it to my fellow small-boat aficionados.  The author takes his 11' Mirror Dinghy from Northern Wales in England, down to the Channel via rivers and canals, then crosses the Channel into France.    Once in France he sails and rows his way across the continent's surprisingly extensive canal and river system until he gets to the Danube and takes it to the Black Sea.  Filled with fantastic literary references (he's an English Lit. teacher), sailing, rowing, high adventure, and out-loud laughing points, I enjoyed this book immensely.

This book gets me all the more excited for my Super-Secret Summer Adventure that I am planning in my Goat Island Skiff.  Tally-ho!


  1. Furled Sails has an online interview with the author as well. Fun interview,.

  2. Nice mention David! Here's a link for others: