The cover of Adrian Hayter’s account of his voyage to New Zealand
in the Albert Strange yacht Sheila
Just a few years ago it seemed that every other second-hand bookshop in the UK had a copy of Adrian Hayter’s book Sheila in the Wind, which describes a voyage from the UK to New Zealand in an Albert Strange-designed yacht.
Nowadays there don’t seem to be so many exmples around, but there’s no doubt that Sheila sold in numbers, and I’m certain many sailing enthusiasts around today will have read Hayter’s account. I’m pretty sure too that they will have wondered who he was and what he did with the rest of his life: he was clearly such a powerful and individual personality that his life could only be extraordinary.
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