I have decided that this book will differ from my previous titles. This time I shall be telling the story of an anti-hero, through the eyes of another. He will be a sailor wandering the seven seas. This is where I can draw on my own life as I spent many years doing just that, first in the Pacific in the Royal New Zealand Navy, then once more in the Pacific, and the Atlantic and Mediterranean in the Merchant Marine and much later aboard my own Nate Herreschoff sailboat – Breeze, off New Zealand’s East Coast. What he gets up too is still undecided. Might he be a murderer one step ahead of the authorities? Perhaps he is involved in the drug or contraband or people smuggling game! At this stage its anyone’s guess.
Meanwhile, here’s something to whet your appetite.
A whale chaser departed the factory ship, then altered course towards the becalmed double-ender. After the crew returned with her under tow, having found no one aboard, the captain began reading the log of the East Wind…
From the captain down, she stirred the hearts of these tough seamen. The captain recognised her design. Her keel was laid in 1905. She was one of the last of a long line of pilot boats, designed by the Norwegian Colin Archer, responsible for the most successful arctic explorer Roald Amundsen’s boat – The Fram.
East Wind is 46 feet overall, double-ended and rigged as a gaff ketch. A more sea-kindly vessel you would be hard put to find. When they came across her she was laying head to wind, secured by her sea-anchor. Her sails had been furled by her owner. How long since, or indeed his identity, he was yet to find out as he returned to her log book.
Unlike most of my library of published books, this one which I have decided will be about East Wind, not so much about her owner Olav Knudsen, or ‘Bill’ as he is known, is going to be a long term project. As for ‘Bill’, I will be drawing heavily on my own extensive experience as a deep water mariner. His makeup, attitude, even his temperament is something you will have to read the finished product to find out about for yourselves…
If this story doesn’t grab the general public’s imagination – I give up!