“Vertical” round the world solo yachtsman to give fundraising talk for local RNLI lifeboats

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Adrian aboard Barrabas off the Siberian coast

Date: 11/11/2008

Author: Adrian Don, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

Reference: Tynemouth 045 2008

Tynemouth and Cullercoats RNLI lifeboat stations are asking people to join us for an extraordinary event.

Adrian Flannigan, solo yachtsman, will re-live his adventures to raise funds to help keep our lifeboats saving lives at sea.

Adrian has a reputation for delivering a fascinating and lively talk, capturing his audience completely.

Adrian became the first person to complete a ‘Vertical Circumnavigation’ of the planet in 2008, having endured an epic 405 days of sailing and 31,000 lonely miles.

The event takes place on Friday 14 November 2008, from 6.30pm (start 7.30pm prompt) at South Tyneside College, St Georges Avenue, South Shields, NE34 6ET.
Tickets: £8 (adults; £5 (students / senior citizens); £10 (on the door)
TICKETLINE: 0191 266 1037 or 07703 323 086
Email: info@storrarmarine.co.uk or info@thepolarfront.com

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Over The Top

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This is an inspiring story and it holds the reader from the first page.

Good books inform and entertain. This is a good book. The author is a writer who embarked on an extraordinary adventure. The result is a well-written book. The adventure was the first attempt to complete a vertical or bi-polar circumnavigation by sea. The idea took root while the author was a teenager. The events of life conspired to delay the adventure for three decades. Many have a dream, see it delayed and never pluck up the courage to make it happen. Flanagan sets the scene with a brief and readable background to his life before the adventure. The task he set himself was considerable. He had to acquire the necessary skills of seamanship, find and equip a suitable boat and then sail his dream. That would have been a serious challenge for a novice sailor, but he planned a course that would tax the most experienced yachtsmen. It involved sailing from the South Coast of England, down through the Atlantic, past the Falkland Islands, round Cape Horn against prevailing wind and currents, north through the Pacific to the Bering Strait and then along the Russian northern coast, round the top of Norway and down the North Sea to the English Channel and back to Southampton Water. The preparation was compressed into less than a year and the expedition was largely funded by mortgaging his home and using all his savings. The voyage was full of extreme tests, not least in obtaining the first permission from the Russian Government for a single-handed sailor to transit the Russian Northern Sea Route.

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The Voyage of the Beagle

B1538

This book is both a fascinating account of one of the events that changed the world, and fine art. The publisher has produced a handsome volume with printed linen covers and high quality paper. The work is lavishly illustrated with art, photographs, sketches, maps, facsimile extracts of newspapers and advertisements. The production standard is very high and the quality of illustration is to be expected of this publisher and of an author who was an auctioneer with Phillips Fine Art Auctioneers, Head of Victorian Paintings and a former curator of art. James Taylor has collected together for the first time all the threads of the story of Charles Darwin and the Voyage of HMS Beagle that was to change our view of the world. The text is readable and engaging, enriched by first-hand commentary from personal letters and diaries.

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