Troubador Sh*t Bugger Damn

Released: 28/11/2021

eISBN: 9781803138268

Format: eBook

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Sh*t Bugger Damn

Provisioning and cooking for a happy Atlantic crossing


Crossing the Atlantic on a yacht can be a daunting prospect, especially for the first time. Jan and Greg Paine crossed the Atlantic in January 2020 on their 50 foot Northwind sailing yacht, Viridian.

Jan oversaw the provisioning and cooking for the crew of five. She researched online before setting sail, hoping to find advice on what and how much to buy, how to preserve produce, what to cook and how best to cook in challenging conditions; but couldn’t find a definitive guide.

After a couple of days at sea, Jan started to catalogue and photograph her experiences to help others planning similar crossings. She has included details of what and how much she bought, the menu for the entire journey and the main recipes as well as sections on storage, equipment, cleaning, and general housekeeping. She includes numerous helpful tips and advice based on the experience of what went well and what didn’t.

You will guess from the title that quite a lot of swearing was involved, because as all sailors know, not everything goes to plan at sea!

Jan hopes her book will help others to have a smooth crossing and may be of general interest to sailors living aboard a yacht or when making occasional longer overnight passages.

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Jan Paine

After 40 years working in education, I retired in 2017 with a plan to see as much of the world as possible, with my husband Greg, on our 50 foot Northwind sailing yacht Viridian.

We bought her in 2015 after chartering yachts for the last 30 years, all the time refining what features we liked most, so that we would make the right decision when we purchased our own boat.

Viridian is an older but very well made centre cockpit boat; she feels very safe on long passages and in bad weather, so I wasn't too worried about crossing the Atlantic on her.

I have always loved cooking and entertaining so this first book combines that with our adventures. Some parts of the book will probably be most useful to people crossing an ocean, but other sections hopefully are interesting for anyone living aboard or thinking about doing so.

We are currently in the Caribbean, planning to head to Central America next year, then maybe into the Pacific.

I am also writing my second book.

Off to re-provision in Grenada after our Atlantic crossing
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