Skipper John Vallentine is an Australian physician who has pretty much sailed all his life at sea. But Russia, he did not know. His experiences range from bewilderment to frustration, described with prickly humour. The book gives an impression of the boat, illustrated with maps and beautiful pictures, making a good impression is created by the current Russia and more specifically of the Volga and other waterways between the pole and the Deep South. The obvious nautical information is conveniently arranged in a number of annexes.
Only in 2012 the vast Russian backwater area was opened to foreign yachts. A year later, the Australian yacht Tainui was the first pleasure boat the in rivers Volga and Don sailed under a foreign flag. The story about the 3000 miles between start and finish offers the reader an insight into the developments during the trip, the laconic attitude that sometimes had to be adopted to complete the journey and the amusing effects that occasionally occurred. PB 318 pages