Around These Islands in 12 Ports
Exploring maritime Britain and Ireland by sail

“A sailor’s perspective on our sceptred isles told in aid of the excellent Mission to Seafarers, and worthy of a place beside your bunk.”
Tom Cunliffe, author and broadcaster

A donation of £10 for every book and all revenue from the e-book will go to The Mission to Seafarers.

Sailing round Britain

Sailing round Britain may be one of your life goals, or you may be an armchair sailor interested in coastal history. Either way, this is a book that could interest you.

The book follows Anne and Jonathan Winter aboard the British-built GT35 yacht Nova as they explore twelve landmark ports on the coast of Britain and Ireland. Covering more than 2,500 nautical miles and staying in 69 places over 155 days, they set out to dig deeper into the history and identity of these islands.

In the book you’ll find sailing stories and images together with an article from each port, written by local historians and award-winning authors, and produced in association with think-tank These Islands. Together these paint a hopeful picture of generous, resilient people and places that have faced challenges before, doing all they can to invent themselves again.

Ports and authors

SouthamptonThe Invisible SeaMatt Kerr
LondonThe Canvey Island CharedimDaniel Sugarman
HullWool, Whales and Wind turbinesRobb Robinson
DundeeComings and GoingsMichael Marra
StromnessMade of StoriesNick Isbister
ObanThe Little Bay with a Big ReputationMike Robertson and John Howe
BelfastTitanic PortAlf McCreary
DublinTaming the Dangerous BayLar Joye and Yvonne Shields O’Connor
HolyheadGateway to IrelandIolo Griffiths
Milford HavenDreams and VisionsSimon Hancock
BristolShipshape and Bristol FashionTim Bryan
FalmouthWild Promise of the Western OceanPhilip Marsden