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Book Review: Winter in Fireland - A Patagonian Sailing Adventure

By Sue Richards last modified Oct 31, 2011 12:43 PM

Published: 2011-10-31 12:43:59
Countries: Argentina , Chile , Falkland Islands , South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands

Winter in Fireland - A Patagonian Sailing Adventure
By Nicholas Coghlan
Published by the University of Alberta Press, 2011
$34.95 in Canada

For anyone considering venturing to this part of the world, or simply those that love armchair adventuring, this is a “must-read”. Not only does Nick Coghlan paint a vivid picture of the tenacity and slight insanity required to attempt winter cruising in this part of the world, he also delves into the rich maritime history that the likes of Chatwin, Cook, Darwin and Magellan left behind.

Nick and his wife Jenny, experienced cruisers with a circumnavigation under their belts some 20 years previously, sail from Cape Town to the Beagle Channel and the Strait of Magellan, skirting Tierra del Fuego (Fireland). Progress is slow in their 27 foot sailboat, and their days are dictated by constant weather concerns, tricky navigation and the harsh yet beautiful terrain surrounding them.

Both enjoy exploring and hiking ashore, giving the reader a full picture of just what it’s really like to adventure in Patagonia.

About the Author

Nick Coghlan and his wife Jenny, sailed around the world on their first boat, Tarka the Otter, between 1985 and 1989. Upon return, he joined the Canadian Foreign Service and has written books about two of his postings: "The Saddest Country: On Assignment in Colombia" and "Far in the Waste Sudan: On Assignment in Africa". Following the adventure described in "Winter in Fireland", Coghlan accepted a 2 year posting as Deputy High Commissioner in Pakistan. Now, he and Jenny are living aboard Bosun Bird somewhere in the Pacific Ocean.