Publisher: Seafarer Books, 2nd ed., 2003 £ 9.95
What an enjoyable read this proved to be. Gossip is an unusual idea that works well.
The author has an easy, relaxed, flowing style. One quickly gets involved with the 13 ton gaff rig cutter, Gossip was built in 1899 at Rowledge, Essex and the main human character is the author's father, Major Cecil Brent-Good - ' Dambon' to his family- who owned her from 1920 to 1964. We read of Gossip's spring refits and her annual cruises, which stretch from Norway to South Brittany, from her home port of Yarmouth. The petrol engine features prominently, with a wonderfully funny description of the mysteries of starting and stopping it.
This is a book for everyone who enjoys cruising, with the ups and downs of our weather, the trials and tribulations of fitting out and even the drama of man overboard. The black and white photos are largely poor quality. However the painting of Gossip, on the front cover, tells you all you need to know.
The best read for under £10 I have had for a long time and hugely entertaining. Sadly the engine proves the final downfall of Gossip in her 79th year. - JCSH
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