Adrian Hayter explained

Adrian Hayter Sheila in the Wind at the Alber Strange Association site

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.

Finally, last week I came to understand the man and to learn the story of the rest of his life from an article about New Zealand lone adventurer posted by the Albert Strange Association website.

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4 thoughts on “Adrian Hayter explained”

  1. Owen Sinclair has written to say that Hayter also wrote a book called "Business In Great Waters"; an account of another voyage from England to NZ, this time via Panama. (Hodder & Stoughton 1965).

    His daughter, Rebecca, is Editor of Boating New Zealand magazine.


  2. I was named after Adrian Hayter and at the age of about 20 after reading "Sheila in the Wind" I was compelled to meet my name`s sake. So after enquiries made I managed to get Adrian`s address and wrote to him. He replied with an invitation to go and meet him.

    Delighted I rode my motorcycle from CHCH to A hippy outcrop up this winding dirt Road near Nelson and spent four days with Adrian and asked questions and listened intently.

    Sadly he passed away a couple of years later and I never got the oppurtunity to see him again and at least say goodbye.

    He was a remarkable pioneering man and I vivdly remember wishing that when I grow old I`d like to be like him…. he gave me and signed some of his books…"From Adrian to Adrian "

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