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In the summer of 2002 two profoundly amateur sailors Griff and Bob set off in an elderly yacht for Russia because on the map it looked easier than sailing to Cornwall They took Baines with them as he knew how to mend the engine And this is their story Over four long months of applied bickering in a vess An epic misadventure was a good subtitle for it Griff has an impressive command of English and uses it beautifully to paint the scene of their adventures Some words such as wan I hadn t heard of before now I know a word that is a short synonym for dreary Nowhere was the book dreary sorry wan though the references to sex shops and such like I found a bit unnecessary and puerile at times I am not sure the book has won me over to a love of sailing there is so much that is a pain its slowness the need for copious and expensive amounts of charts leaks and repair work needing to pay crew bureaucracy at borders and not simply being able to drop down anchor where you fancy boat envy cliched yacht clubs and much I felt that the journey lost some of its romance when crew members came and went flying home on errands Also I couldn t believe crew hands on a journey of a lifetime expected to be paid for the privilege what world do we live in Anyway great book and I could relate to a lot of having cycled a similar route by bicycle see my book To St Petersburg With Love sorry about the plug Mating Flight vess An epic misadventure was a good subtitle for it Griff has an impressive command of English and uses it beautifully to paint the scene of their adventures Some words such as wan I hadn t heard of before now I know a word that is a short synonym for dreary Nowhere was the book dreary sorry wan though the references to sex shops and such like I found a bit unnecessary and puerile at times I am not sure the book has won me over to a love of sailing there is so much that is a pain its slowness the need for copious and expensive amounts of charts leaks and repair work needing to pay crew bureaucracy at borders and not simply being able to drop down anchor where you fancy boat envy cliched yacht clubs and much I felt that the journey lost some of its romance when crew members came and went flying home on errands Also I couldn t believe crew hands on a journey of a lifetime expected to be paid for the privilege what world do we live in Anyway great book and I could relate to a lot of having cycled a similar route by bicycle see my book To St Petersburg With Love sorry about the plug

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To the Baltic with Bob

Leeping bags on a cool cycle at number six To the Baltic with Bob is the full account of their stirring journey through the longest heat wave the frozen north has ever suffered; of three men in search of the answer to a troubling uestion can you really outmanoeuvre a mid life crisis by running away to s I enjoted this at first but began to flag towards the end It might be because I don t sail so a lot of the stuff about sailing didn t mean a great deal to me It all sounded pretty uncomfortable to me I was left wondering why anyone would want to sail so far

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El no bigger than a London taxi they visited most of the geographically interesting restaurants on the Baltic seaboard They sailed over and even at one point onto the mysterious heart of the Nordic world They pushed themselves to the very limits of human endurance before finally agreeing to wash their s There is no denying it Rhys Jones can write However he does seem perpetually angry This is a great description of a North Sea Baltic cruise in what sounds like an alarmingly damp wooden vessel Ryhs Jones is clearly an experienced sailor and makes light of what must have been some challenging passages However I couldn t shake the feeling that he resented writing the book somewhat I came away feeling that I was intruding on his voyage rather than being part of it Some of the descriptions are so negative that parts of the Baltic popularly renown for their natural splendor come out sounding like a kind of maritime Slough Worth a read if you are planning on visiting this region but I d also take the time to read Martin Edge s book Bobbing to the Baltic for a second opinion of some of the same places Having not actually been to them myself perhaps Rhys Jones is correct and Edge is wrong who knows The positive attitude prevalent in Edge s book made for satisfying reading Sottomissione visited most of the geographically interesting restaurants on the Baltic seaboard They sailed over and even at one point onto the mysterious heart of the Nordic world They pushed themselves to the Dragon Age: Hard in Hightown very limits of human endurance before finally agreeing to wash their s There is no denying it Rhys Jones can write However he does seem perpetually angry This is a great description of a North Sea Baltic cruise in what sounds like an alarmingly damp wooden The Isles vessel Ryhs Jones is clearly an experienced sailor and makes light of what must have been some challenging passages However I couldn t shake the feeling that he resented writing the book somewhat I came away feeling that I was intruding on his KING voyage rather than being part of it Some of the descriptions are so negative that parts of the Baltic popularly renown for their natural splendor come out sounding like a kind of maritime Slough Worth a read if you are planning on Ty jesteś moje imię visiting this region but I d also take the time to read Martin Edge s book Bobbing to the Baltic for a second opinion of some of the same places Having not actually been to them myself perhaps Rhys Jones is correct and Edge is wrong who knows The positive attitude prevalent in Edge s book made for satisfying reading


10 thoughts on “To the Baltic with Bob

  1. says:

    Fun enoughshorter on laughs than the book blurb claimed but in fairness I rarely if ever judge a book solely on the reviews on the sleeve as it's often the case a mate of the author is providing some of the glowing assessmentsHowever this is a good enough travel book disguised as an adventureI found it life on the adventur

  2. says:

    An epic misadventure was a good subtitle for it Griff has an impressive command of English and uses it beautifully to paint the scene of their

  3. says:

    Thank goodness I've finish his bookit has everything I should like on paper Sailing Wooden Boats Exploring new lands Humour of Griff Rhys Jones but for me it lacks all the above and I actually still can't day why I didn't enjoy it It certainly doesn't have the At least 3 good jokes on every page as promised by the Mail o

  4. says:

    Now that I have spent the summer sailing into many of the places that Bob and Co sailed into I thought a re read was in order Not a great literary tome but thoroughly enjoyable

  5. says:

    There is no denying it Rhys Jones can write However he does seem perpetually angry This is a great description of a North Sea Baltic cruise in what sounds like an alarmingly damp wooden vessel Ryhs Jones is clearly an experienced sailor and makes light of what must have been some challenging passages However I couldn't shake the feeling that he resented writing the book somewhat I came away feeling that I was intruding on his voy

  6. says:

    Who would have known Griff was not only an accomplished comediancomedy writer but what appears to be a gifted amateur sailor He does

  7. says:

    This is a well writte and reasonably funny book The reason I only gave it three stars is because it is so very full of sailing jargon and because of this is took me absolutely ages to read I also think it would be improved if it had maps attached detailing the route of the journey Not being familiar with the ins and outs of the B

  8. says:

    Turgid I mean I guess the Baltic is a hard place to love but Jones brings little delight to it And to uote Chubby Brown who the f is Bob I could

  9. says:

    I enjoted this at first but began to flag towards the end It might be because I don't sail so a lot of the stuff about sailing didn't mean a gre

  10. says:

    I love the sea I love boats even those with sails but I struggled here There were glimpses of humour and I enjoyed that and interesting details not all of which went over my head I'd like to read another book by Griff with of that dry British humour which he is a master of

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