your way around
the world from the comfort
of your own home with
this delightful new book, Exploring With Adèle...
IMAGINE SUNNING YOURSELF FROM THE DECK of one of the planet's most
famous super-yachts the Adèle watching the unforget-table scenery
float past as you relax and sip an endless supply of cocktails; saving your
energy for some well-chosen shopping or sight-seeing ashore.
Exploring with Adèle, by Jan-Eric Österlund, is a magnificent photo-graphic
account of an amazing voyage on the beautiful sailing yacht through the eyes
of various cameras including those of both Jan-Eric himself and Rick
Tomlinson. The book accompanies Adèle as she passes through some of the Earth's
most exhilarating ocean environments, from Svalbard the most northern
landmass of Europe with its polar bears; to Antarctica; from the unique
wildlife of the Galapagos; to exotic Fiji and Vanuatu with its erupting volcano.
You are invited to sit back, turn the pages and enjoy the views!
Detailed maps pinpoint the voyage, starting with the trip north from Harlingen
in Holland to Bergen and Lofoten in Norway and ending in the magnificent continent
of South America. Jan-Eric introduces his crew and, at the end of the book,
gives us an intimate tour of Adèle with diagrams, plans and specifications.
Author and photographer Jan-Eric's descriptive prose brings the journey to life,
giving you a remarkable taste of life on the ocean wave with Adèle as she is
put through her paces cutting through the whitecaps with the grace of
Jan-Eric has sailed this extraordinary yacht from the pack ice in the Arctic
Ocean in the north to Antarctica in the South; from the Mediter-ranean in the
East to New Zealand in the West. Together with photo-grapher Rick Tomlinson,
he tells the tale of this wonderful journey, visiting legendary places
including Spitsbergen, The Galapagos, The Marquesas and Fiji.
Illustrated with over 400 pictures that include a beautifully-preserved 1150
stave church in Borgund; the fortress of Carlsten at Marstrand; stone carvings;
a stunning night picture of Falmouth Harbour; Hump-back whales in the Dominican
Republic; the largest stone statue of a Polynesian deity in the world; tropical
islands; magical coves; natural ice-sculptures and a magnificent view of Rio
de Janeiro with the statue of Christ looking over the bay with Adèle at anchor.
We also meet people from different cultures and fantastic creatures
including penguins, albatrosses, whales, frigate birds, flamingos, nesting
kittiwakes and iguanas.
The journey spans over two years with Jan-Eric and his crew travelling the distance
of one Atlantic crossing each month. With chapters broken down into the oceans
travelled, Exploring With Adèle really is a wonderful mix of travelogue,
photo-essay and adventure story.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading or should I say, viewing this impressive
"documenta-read". You might find the word "book" is a
Not quite as good as riding the oceans yourself, maybe, but certainly the closest
you can get without actually setting foot on board. Exploring With Adèle is
a marvellous book to own.
Exploring With Adèle by Jan-Eric
Österlund was published in hardback by Duncan Baird Publishers Ltd in January
(2008) at an RRP of £40.
Born in Sweden in 1945, Jan-Eric Österlund is a keen photographer
and author. His accounts of his voyages on the Adèle have been published in
a number of yachting magazines. Jan-Eric lives with his wife Jennifer in Devon,
South West England, and his business interests include investments in a number
of biotechnology and medical com-panies. His four grown-up children are based
in London, Stockholm
and Los Angeles.