Sailing in Paradise
by Rod Heikell
Reviewed in SAILING May 2010:
Anyone who has sailed in the Mediterranean, Caribbean and any number of other waters, will have heard of Rod Heikell, and in all likelihood made use of his pilotage books that make navigation so much easier and the trips so much more pleasurable.
So it was with some anticipation of more enjoyment, not to mention enlightenment, that I opened the pages of his new publication. I was not disappointed.
The author 'fell into yacht charter' in Greece in 1977. He had an old 20-footer and needed 'to work and top up the kitty'. He soon started his own flotilla and has kept in touch with the chartering business ever since.
That, combined with his immense knowledge of so many wonderful international sailing waters, makes him a formidable authority on charters and 'sailing in paradise'.
First come the explanations of the types of charter, with top advice on choosing a company and a boat, how to book and plan a holiday, what to pack, and what to expect.
Then, it is about destinations beautiful and exotic. Learn the best time to go, what weather and sea conditions to expect, requirements in harbours, anchorages or on land, including documentation. The book has helpful maps, and enough in the way of photographs to encourage that decision to 'go'!
Decision made, keep the book near at hand - in case you're in need of overcoming any charter 'hiccups'.
Price: - available on request -
Book ID (for ordering): 2613