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Book launch Edward Allcard

Wednesday, 22nd February 2017 at 3.30pm at the Hotel Coma, Ordino.

Wednesday Tea Talk. (5€ includes use of the hotel’s equipment plus tea/coffee, sandwiches and scones.) A Power Point presentation: An Unconventional Man plus a Double Book Launch. The first will draw on tales from Edward Allcard’s unusual 102-year life. In 1951, he became the first person to sail solo both ways across the Atlantic – and then, on leaving the Azores, discovered a beautiful young stowaway aboard! This heady combination led to his being invited by Roy Plumley to be a guest on Desert Island Discs. In 1957, competing against his friend Peter Tangvald, he was the first to race a sail boat single-handedly east-to-west across the Atlantic. Peter won. And the books. Solo Around Cape Horn and Beyond is Edward’s fourth book. Set in 1966, it describes a year spent cruising alone around South America’s Tierra del Fuego and Patagonia. There are stories of poison mushrooms and elderly heiresses and of how, near Cape Horn, he very nearly lost his boat and his life. The book also describes what it was like living for six winter months in the ‘uttermost part of the earth’, whilst scavenging for mussels along the shore, hunting wild geese for the pot and collecting water from cascades. Clare Allcard’s book, A Gypsy Life, reissued as a companion volume, describes their many adventures in the 70s travelling the world aboard an old sailing cargo boat: rammed and almost sunk in the Bay of Biscay, attacked by the Mafia and then the Ethiopian Navy, fired on, captured and jailed for spying by the South Yemeni Communists etc. (Hopefully books will have arrived and signed copies will be available at 19€ each. Both books are also available on Amazon.) Please book with Montse on 736 100 by midday on Tuesday 21st.

Cultural Events is sponsored by the International Club of Andorra in support of the Cor Internacional d’Andorra