The Reluctant Sailor
The Joys and Adversities of a Sailors Wife
Travel the seas with Helen Haskins, The Reluctant Sailor. Journey alongside Helen, an ordinary Australian woman, who led an extraordinary life.
Relive the courage with which she met her adventures and her sorrows, and join in on the fun, the laughs and the love she shared with her family and friends sailing around international and Australian waters in their yacht, ‘Trah’.
After Helen and her husband John hand-built Johns own redesign of the famous yacht ‘Spray’ (sailed around the world by Joshua Slocum, one of the safest designed yachts in the world), they sailed up the coast of Queensland, to New Zealand and to New Caledonia. Travel along as Helen tells of her adventures with numerous people, frightening storms, unexpected reefs, all sprinkled with lots of love, drama, and loads of laughter; though some of the laughs would only come later in the retelling.
Review by Aishah Macgill
This is the true story of the remarkable life of Helen Haskins. Helen was an everyday, young wife with young children, until her husband plucked her from her cosy household, built his own yatch, and they sailed away into the sunset! They lived through and experienced all kinds of extraordinary adventures.
But Helen’s book is more than that. It’s deeply personal and we can re-live and breathe her life from her fascinating family history through to the tumultuous end of her sailing adventures. Full of funny stories and some more sinister, this is as real as life gets.
Well worth reading. Especially Yatchties and anyone who has ever dreamt of ‘sailing away’ will love it!