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11th June 2011

Reports From Coastal Stations By Geoff Saunders

Reports From Coastal Stations By Geoff Saunders

Geoff Saunders is a regular tall ship and SchoonerSail sailor who has sailed in both the northern and southern hemispheres.

His new book Reports From Coastal Stations focuses a little closer to home on a journey around the British shipping forecast areas.

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Everyone loves the Shipping Forecast!

A weather balloon launches from Lerwick

A weather balloon launches from Lerwick

Waking early, we hear warnings of gales, fair becoming good later. And then, ‘Weather Reports from Coastal Stations’, actual weather reported from around the fringes of our islands, names familiar yet so remote.

Trinovante sailor, Geoff Saunders was inspired to visit these remote stations, write about his travels to each, the friends he took with him and publish his own reports…..

Sandettie Lightship the last shipping forecast station

Sandettie Lightship the last shipping forecast station

Though the BBC broadcast itself has been all but superseded by more modern technology, many of us can remember when it was a feature of everyday radio, and listened to eagerly by sailors and travellers.

The weather stations themselves still serve the same purpose that they did when first established by Robert FitzRoy, Beagle captain and founder of the Met Office. Though many are now unmanned, a proportion still depend on human operators as they have done throughout the years. The staff were welcoming to the author, and had many interesting tales to tell.

Reports From Coastal Stations Book Cover

Reports From Coastal Stations Book Cover

To make life more interesting, Geoff decided to use public transport, and avoid flying. So the transport to these remote locations included ferries, trains, buses, bikes, a tallship (Europa) and even a steam train!

The resulting book, Reports from Coastal Stations, is a mix of travellers’ tales, history and a little science. It has attracted great reviews. You can find more information at www.reports-from-coastal-stations.co.uk and can buy the book there too.

Alternatively, you can find it on Amazon, where you are encouraged to leave your own review.

Read a SchoonerSail newsletter article by Geoff
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