A new life in the sun

Inspirational stories about new adventures for expats

Expats, books about sailing, sailing memoirs, books about changing your life, sailing mediterranean, sailing in sardinia, sailing in sicily
Many people will know what it feels like to be stuck in a rut, with no obvious way of resolving your problems or changing your life. We found ourselves in that position and made a decision that was to change our lives dramatically for the better.

These books are about how we changed our lives. They are about details of our lives as expats, and the events that shaped our lives during the time we spent living aboard our sailing boat, sailing in the Mediterranean, sailing in Sardinia and sailing in Sicily.

The first book, 'Escape To Italy', covers our sailing memoirs of our voyage to France, across the Bay of Biscay, around the northern coast of Spain, down the Atlantic coast of Portugal, through the Strait of Gibraltar, across the Mediterranean Sea to the French Riviera and finally crossing the border into Italy and a new life.

The second book, 'A Magical Summer in Sardinia', covers our time sailing around the Italian island of Sardinia. It describes our experiences in one of the most beautiful locations in the world. It describes the fascinating people we met and spent time with, the many unexpected events we became involved in and the rich history and culture of the Sardinian people that we learnt about while sailing in Sardinia.

The third book, 'Island Hopping to Sicily', covers our trip sailing down the Tyrrhenian coast of Italy to Sicily. From the Island of Elba, once home to Napoleon Bonaparte, past the ancient Roman port of Ostia to Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples, down to the Aeolian Islands and the north coast of Sicily. From there, we stayed in Marsala and visited the Aegedian Islands, before sailing down the south coast of Sicily and up to the beautiful, ancient city of Ortigia, part of modern day Siracusa. We survived Mount Etna and the Strait of Messina with the whirlpools of Scylla and Charybdis before returning to Tropea and a different kind of future.
Escape to Italy
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Dramatic and rocky coastline of Brittany

Islands and rivers of Atlantic France

La Coruña and Finisterre in Atlantic Spain

Historic grandeur of Lisbon

Towering majesty of Cape St. Vincent

Cadiz, Trafalgar and the Strait of Gibraltar

Sultry Costas of Southern Spain

Luxurious playground of the French Riviera

Italy - Our New Home

A Magical Summer in Sardinia

Crystal clear water and wall-to-wall sunshine

The most spectacular religious procession in the world

Flamingos, pilot whales and dolphins up close and personal

Birthday celebrations for a tree

A fascinating cast of entertaining characters

A millionaire and his Russian bride

A body builder who’s trunks don’t fit

A ‘Southern Belle’ from Georgia

Lost in the wilderness and a shower next to some Roman ruins

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This is the story of a sailing trip around Sardinia. We meet a cast of colourful characters who take part in a series of compelling events, set against a backdrop of some of the most stunning scenery in the Mediterranean. The journey starts in the Costa Smeralda, the playground of the rich and famous, and takes us to beautiful bays of crystal clear water and pure white sand.
  • We witness the largest and most spectacular religious procession in the world from the historic streets of Cagliari.
  • We meet a millionaire and his Russian bride, a body builder who’s trunks don’t fit and a ‘Southern Belle’ from Georgia.
  • We see flamingos, pilot whales and dolphins up close and survive a ferocious maestrale storm.
  • We celebrate the birthday of a tree and Italy winning the FIFA World Cup.
  • We get lost in the wilderness and take a shower next to some Roman ruins.
After seven eventful months, the story ends where it started, sailing back across the Strait of Bonifacio and on to other adventures. Throughout this voyage of discovery, family, old friends and new friends all played their parts in creating A Magical Summer in Sardinia.
Island Hopping to Sicily
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Elba and the Tuscan Archipelago

Ancient Rome, Ostia and Anzio

Ponza and the Pontine Islands

Ischia and the Phlegraean Islands of Naples

Tropea and the Aeolian Islands

Northern Sicily, Cefalù, Palermo and Marsala

Aegadian Islands

Southern Sicily, pirates and Siracusa

Mount Etna and the whirlpools of Scylla and Charybdis