The Unlikely Voyage of Jack de Crow: A Mirror Odyssey from North Wales to the Black Sea

The Unlikely Voyage of Jack de Crow A Mirror Odyssey from North Wales to the Black Sea Equipped with his cheerful optimism and a pith helmet this Odysseus in a dinghy takes you with him from the borders of north Wales to the Black Sea kilometers over salt and fresh water under s

  • Title: The Unlikely Voyage of Jack de Crow: A Mirror Odyssey from North Wales to the Black Sea
  • Author: A.J. Mackinnon
  • ISBN: 9781574091526
  • Page: 305
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Unlikely Voyage of Jack de Crow: A Mirror Odyssey from North Wales to the Black Sea

    Equipped with his cheerful optimism and a pith helmet, this Odysseus in a dinghy takes you with him from the borders of north Wales to the Black Sea 4,900 kilometers over salt and fresh water, under sail, at oars, or at the end of a tow rope through twelve countries, 282 locks, and numerous trials and adventures, including an encounter with Balkan pirates.

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    1. Robert Ditterich

      This is the true story (give or take some artistic licence) of an impossible trip which is radically under-planned and supremely under-resourced in a totally inadequate piece of equipment, beginning on a river in North Shropshire England, and ending at the blunt end of Bulgaria on the Black Sea. The stuff of every small boat sailor's dreams.The charm of the book is partly in the self-effacing humor of our lone adventurer, and his capacity to portray the daily improbabilities of his task as minor [...]

    2. Virginia

      If you've ever felt like you wanted to climb aboard a boat and sail off into the sunset then this is the book for you! I really enjoyed this book! It was humorous and informative and I really liked A J Mackinnon's style of writing. If only we all had the means and opportunity to cut loose from our day jobs and embark on an adventure like this! However, the next best thing is to enjoy the adventure vicariously through the engaging writing of an author like A J Mackinnon. I'm definitely going to g [...]

    3. Deborah Ideiosepius

      This is a light-hearted, engagingly written tale of a fascinating and most unusual modern voyage. An Australia man, just finishing a teaching stint in England decides to take an unpowered dinghy for a short trip down the river. Somehow, he never quite stops going and ends all the way from the UK to the Black sea.The writing style is enjoyable though I found a lot of the early adventures a little difficult to follow because I am not terribly familiar with UK geography. This did not significantly [...]

    4. Sedonia

      Basically I LOVEd this book. MacKinnon is hailariously funny and I was hysterical through practically every page. I know that he really made the voyage but since he was drunk a lot of the time, by his own admission, some parts are embellished. It doesn't matter. It's a delightful fun read.

    5. Dermot O'Sullivan

      A. J. McKinnon sets of in his Mirror dinghy from North Wales and travels through canals and rivers, and across the English channel to reach the Black Sea without much planning aforethought. It is the sort of adventure that many of us dream of doing but few get around to. And this is what makes it such an enchanting and quirky travel story. This is not some professional explorer with a train of porters or a celebrity with a television crew in tow. He is just an ordinary guy who has a sense of adv [...]

    6. Martin Chambers

      Sandy Mackinnon sets out at the end of his teaching contract in England to travel home to Australia. He decides to borrow a small sailing dinghy from the school and follow the river into the village, a distance of about 10km. He arranges for the boat to be collected and he will catch the train to London to fly home to Australia. What follows is a remarkable journey told remarkably well. He arrives in the village with time to spare and as it was pretty easy going he decides to go a bit further. H [...]

    7. Geoffery

      By the time I'd reached page 20 I was hooked on Jack de Crow. Mackinnon's style is both charming and humorous. The very idea of setting sail in the river 'at the bottom of the oval' simply because he found a boat and becuase he could, is what we would all like to do but never actually get around to. Jack de Crow is the perfect antidote to the repetition and obligations of everyday life. When he reaches his target destination he decides to go to the next one, simply because it seems like a good i [...]

    8. Barbara

      It is 1997-98 and we are voyaging from the headwaters of the Severn to the mouth of the Danube in a 12 foot dinghy - a route that takes us through often ravishing scenery and fascinating history. The dinghy's captain has a keen visual sense, a mind stocked with poetry and song, a nice turn of phrase, a readiness to be pleased and an engaging personality which wins him many friends on the way. The text is helpfully and attractively illustrated with the author's own line drawings. The numerous ha [...]

    9. Tim Heywood

      This crazy, crazy man rows and sails a Mirror dinghy from Lancashire to the Black Sea with less planning apparently than goes into the average school run. He seems happy enough, which is strange for a guy who clearly doesn't value his own life too greatly, as he is happy to test his right of way with Rhine barges, row against the stream for tens of miles at a time, enter ex-Soviet countries without a visa and make a plan that involves only needing to tow for three more days and he will be able t [...]

    10. Russ Kennedy

      Enjoyed absolutely every single page.Do not hesitate for a second to read this book, you won't be disappointed (as long as you like awesome, hilarious accounts about normal people undertaking really very unlikely and frankly, slightly stupid adventures of brilliant-ness).The story of this guy's deranged trip from the UK to the black sea in a boat about the size of a sofa is a glorious, Technicolor shambles from start to finish. I am amazed that he didn't die.Jack and Mr. Mackinnon, I salute you. [...]

    11. Jennifer Allan

      This has to be my favourite of all the new books I have read in the last couple of years. I thoroughly enjoyed it and had to only read a chapter at time to make it last longer. Thankfully my birthday is coming up soon and I am looking for a copy of the Well at the Worlds End. Being the same age as the author, sharing a love of classics, recently having been to England and having a taste of some of the places he went and overall thoroughly appreciating his sense of humour all made this book a chu [...]

    12. Ian Tymms

      Sometimes not knowing what you're doing means that you have adventures that more knowledgeable people would never contemplate. There's a bumbling innocence to this book which adds to the enjoyment and the constant sense of "I can't believe he's doing that" which, as the book develops, becomes "I can't believe he survived that." Lots of fun.

    13. Glenys Parslow

      A delightful journey with a wonderful sailing companion. As a complete land lubber I enjoyed learning all the sail boat vocabulary and seeing Europe from this vantage point. Inspired me to go read Swallows and s. And the author lives in Geelong!!

    14. Jill

      Funny, informative, entertaining account of author sailing a dingy from the borders of North Wales to the Black Sea. Delightful characters and beautiful scenery with a frisson of danger and a touch of stupidity.

    15. Lisa Taylor

      Imagine floating down the Thames or the Avon River or even the Mosel River in Germany in a little wooden boat, watching the quiet and beautiful scenery float by. Add in a few adventures such as pirates in Bulgaria or mishaps with locks in France, capsizing of the little boat all while staying high and dry at home reading this delightful book.Literary references abound as the author was an English teacher. A wonderful story to lose yourself in and have a chuckle on the way as it is written with h [...]

    16. Lesley Webb

      Loved this book! A wonderful read for anyone who loves sailing. Must add that my Dad had a Mirror dinghy built in 1970 & taught us to sail when I was 12 & my sister was 6. This same boat stayed with me for 30 years, in the meantime I advanced to bigger boats & more serious sailing. When I eventually sold her she was pristine; her sails were as new. I still hear my Dad saying'fold the sails along the fold-lines, Les' & 'Dont scratch the car!' when we heaved her up onto the roof-ra [...]

    17. Beata Bowen

      Now, this is my idea of travel! I really envied Sandy's crazy adventures, as he made his way from Wales all the way to the Black Sea in a little leaky boat, because I want nothing more than to spend 6 or 7 months out exploring the world, even if it means running into Romanian pirates!I'm taking one star off for all the boat lingo. As much as I loved the adventures, the parts about actual sailing and stuff were extremely boring (to me).

    18. Sue Smith

      A very enjoyable read about a schoolteacher who decides to sail a dinghy from Wales down to the mouth of the Severn. On arriving a couple of weeks later he's hooked on the adventure and continues to London across the Channel, through Europe finally reaching the Black Sea over a year later. His writing is full of humour ; I know nothing about sailing but was transported along on the journey willing him to continue.

    19. Jane

      Written by an Australian journalist as he travels through the English canal system and then across to the Black Sea in a tiny Mirror yacht, rowing and sailing. He personifies “De Crow” and also meets the most amazing personalities along the way. He is seized by pirates as well as having some hilarious adventures.

    20. Lisa

      You know how sometimes you’re in the mood for some light reading, but you don’t want any dross that insults your intelligence? After The Unknown Industrial Prisoner and a most disappointing foray into the first 50 pages of James Salter’s All That Is, I wanted something that would amuse me. I predicted, on the basis of my reading of The Well at the World’s End in 2010, (see my review) that The Unlikely Voyage of Jack de Crow was the perfect book – and I was right.The Unlikely Voyage of [...]

    21. Paul

      I had a book voucher that needed spending and saw this book on the sale table of the book shop. I'm glad I got it; it has been a very enjoyable read.The author is obviously a well-read man, as he continually refers to and quotes obscure aspects of history and literature. He isn't afraid of "waxing poetical" when describing the scenery or people.For me the charm of the book is the very concept of a different form of travel - one that is unexpected but probably shouldn't be. Small sailboats are ob [...]

    22. Lee Belbin

      A remarkable story about a journey of a school teacher from Adelaide who in a mirror dingy managed a trip from north Wales through the canal systems to Bristol then via canals to London, to Dover and then across the Channel to Calais, then canals of France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria and Romania to the Black Sea: An amazing accomplishment told with humour and openness. His experiences of towns and hospitality are delightful but he is certainly lucky to have survived! [...]

    23. Ange

      Well I'm not quite finished yet, but am really enjoying Jack de Crow. It is longer and more detailed than I expected, given the copy I am reading had a note in it saying that it was a "light read". It might be a light read, but it certainly is a long one as well. I'm going to the UK later this year and now I can't wait to see some of the canals. Update: I've finished Jack de Crow, and found it highly enjoyable. The first half set in the UK is definitely more engaging, but still it was worth keep [...]

    24. Becky Boo

      A J Mackinnon has my total admiration for being a nutter, in a pith helmet, sailing a Mirror Dinghy to RomaniaAnyone who owns or has ever sailed a trusty Mirror, will be able to sympathise completely with the various pains of long-haul sailing and camping in what is effectively a plywood box!This book is written in a very natural style which is both absorbing and hilarious. I would say that the story loses momentum a little towards the end of the voyage but I enjoyed it all the same and that's a [...]

    25. Gary Davis

      A fabulous adventure done by an quirky adventurer. This book made me want to set off in my dinghy and see the world. MacKinnon's unique point of view and his Flashmanesque luck makes for great reading. His constant literary references will appeal to the intellectual crowd, and his everyday tone makes for good reading for the rest of us. It is a must read for armchair adventurers, wanna be sailors and literary geeks. BZ!

    26. Julie

      If you enjoy stories of solo travel, told by a good-humored narrator who skillfully blends action with contemplation, you will have fun with Sandy Mackinnon on his unlikely voyage through England, across the English Channel, and on through Europe to the Black Sea in a dinghy. Mackinnon is excellent company, and even if he doesn't make you want to cast off on your own under-planned, under-funded adventure, he may inspire you to be kinder to the poor travelers you encounter.

    27. Deb

      I have marked this as read because there is no way to register that I have stopped and doubt whether I will finish. I enjoyed this adventure and did learn a lot about how a small boat works. Unfortunately the sailor didn't seem to. If he had all of those misadventures, and I only got halfway through, I congratulate him on surviving to tell the tale. Written with a self conscious whimsy.I do hope to get back to it.

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