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"With a warm wind in my face from the south-west, fleecy clouds and a half-moon overhead, I set out, not for Bensersiel but for Benser Tief, which I knew must cross the road to Dornum somewhere. " - October 24

“With a warm wind in my face from the south-west, fleecy clouds and a half-moon overhead, I set out, not for Bensersiel but for Benser Tief, which I knew must cross the road to Dornum somewhere. ” – October 24

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Joining the Adventure Club, and all the stuff we put up on the site, is free until September 23rd, when the Adventure Club Live kicks off. Then, only those who have pledged their support through our publisher Unbound will be able to access the site.

If you want to continue the Adventure beyond September 23 2015 by following our travails day by day as we take the book for a long walk, pledge your support on Unbound. As well as access to the live adventure, you’ll get a copy of our exclusive Handbook Edition, either digitally or in a beautiful printed format, dependent on your pledging level.

So join for free now, or pledge now to have continued access later. Either way: welcome aboard!

46 Responses to Join The Club

  1. denise March 26, 2015 at 5:06 pm #


  2. Mike Paterson March 29, 2015 at 6:30 pm #

    Fabulous notion. Good luck with the project. I’ve done the both, hope it doesn’t break your web site.

  3. Kaye McAlpine April 1, 2015 at 11:47 am #

    Ahoy chaps

    A splendid diversion you have created here. I look forward to plunging headlong into your adventures.

  4. Tim Wright April 1, 2015 at 11:52 am #

    Ahoy Kaye! Good to have you on board.

  5. Tim Wright April 1, 2015 at 11:54 am #

    Ahoy Mike! Glad you’re enjoying the adventure so far. I’m not going to be able to make your event this evening, but hope to come along to another later in the year – if invited!

  6. Jerry Clinton April 8, 2015 at 8:20 pm #

    Hello I found your website and it is most interesting. Childers most certainly sailed the E Friesian Islands on his yacht, I have an extract from his logbook, republished in a Royal Cruising Club anthology of interesting logbooks.
    It is beautifully written, with a dry humour. Reading between the lines, he was a bit of a hard nut, the cruising sounds very Spartan indeed by modern standards.
    When I get time, (busy preparing my gaff cutter for a Baltic cruise), I will transcribe it and send it to you for addition to the website.
    Cheers Jerry

    • Lloyd Shepherd April 9, 2015 at 6:29 pm #

      Jerry – many many thanks. We’d really love to see that transcript!

      • Jerry Clinton April 11, 2015 at 6:37 pm #

        Hello again Lloyd, I have digitally photographed the 17 pages of Childers’ account of part of his cruise entitled ‘A Drift to the Baltic in a 7-tonner’.

        I will email you the photos if you give me an email address. My email address is:

        It’s not an extract from a yacht’s logbook but an ascerbic narrative of a tough cruise, (1897), which clearly provided material for ROTS as you will see.

        I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

        The book is: ” Copywright (C in a circle) The Royal Cruising Club Pilotage Foundation ”
        who would I am sure be delighted to allow use of the extract.

        cheers Jerry Clinton

  7. Rob Hudson April 9, 2015 at 6:51 am #

    What a great idea! The link to this was sent to me by a sailing friend, and I’ve spent a pleasant hour browsing the site. I read the book for the second time a few years ago while bringing a yacht back from Sweden to Harwich via the Kiel canal and round the Frisians to Den Helder. We had no time to stop, unfortunately, but it brought the book to life. You have started me off again!

    • Lloyd Shepherd April 9, 2015 at 6:29 pm #

      That’s really cool, Rob – any more details on the Kiel canal we could use?

  8. David April 9, 2015 at 9:29 pm #

    Good luck! Will follow avidly!

  9. Thomas May 1, 2015 at 2:43 pm #

    Ahoy indeed!

  10. Michael Glasper May 12, 2015 at 8:02 am #


    Capital idea, I’d like to congratulate you warmly on this whole endeavour.

    • Lloyd Shepherd May 12, 2015 at 8:12 am #

      Thanks Michael – very good of you to say.

      • Michael Glasper May 14, 2015 at 7:31 pm #

        Just noticed that there were no reviews of the podcast on iTunes. I’ve just remedied that. Keep up the good work lads, I’m well and truly hooked.

        • Lloyd Shepherd May 18, 2015 at 7:45 pm #

          Many thanks, Michael!

  11. Nick Hammond May 21, 2015 at 7:41 pm #


    Splendid stuff. Great to see ROTS getting well deserved attention. Have now caught up with all of the podcasts and eagerly await the next installment. Many thanks and keep up the good work.


    • Lloyd Shepherd May 22, 2015 at 3:18 pm #

      Thanks Nick – we’re doing our best!

  12. eamon hynes June 3, 2015 at 3:02 pm #

    just came across the website and am interested . I read the book years ago and found it excellent read even though have no sailing experience .

  13. Adam Moliver June 16, 2015 at 7:39 pm #

    Sounds like a jolly good wheeze for a holiday…Tally-ho chaps.
    Don’t know why but it is one of my favourite books,

  14. JerseyCity Frankie June 23, 2015 at 2:44 am #

    “Some years ago, never mind how long precisely, having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world.”

  15. A.Ron July 28, 2015 at 10:36 pm #


    I have ordered the book from the library. I will be ready for action come 1898,.

    I know f**** all about anything,

    All the best.


    • Tim Wright July 31, 2015 at 9:28 am #

      Ahoy! Welcome aboard. Lloyd and I know pretty much f*** all about anything so you’re going to fit in nicely.

  16. Eric Langlois July 29, 2015 at 1:32 am #

    “Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people’s hats off – then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can.”

    Ahoy! I’m a bit of a Carruthers-come-lately but i’m glad to have come across your project while it’s still going on. Can’t wait to see how it all goes.

    • Tim Wright July 31, 2015 at 9:31 am #

      Ahoy Eric. Welcome aboard. Better to be Carruthers than Ishmael I think. Do we think ‘Moby Dick’ might be another book that could be replayed by the Adventure Club?! I’m kind of hoping not!

  17. Sergeant Matron August 13, 2015 at 8:08 pm #

    Good effort chaps! Now that we’ve got the ashes back tis a good omen methinks. Don’t forget your briars and baccy.

  18. Brian Lunn August 14, 2015 at 6:51 pm #

    Ahoy chaps. An unbounder bounding in

    • Lloyd Shepherd August 14, 2015 at 10:13 pm #

      Ahoy Brian! Welcome aboard, lovely to meet you.

  19. Brian Lunn August 20, 2015 at 8:00 am #

    Ahoy chaps!

    In response to your comment on Unbound and then subsequently listening to a podcast (I’m some weeks behind as I came to the podcast later than the book) I thought I’d drop a line about cycling kit.

    I understand the desire to not be a MAMIL (Middle Aged Man In Lycra) so here’s a few suggestions:

    Cycling polo shirts from Velobici ( or Vulpine (

    Both companies also do longer sleeved jerseys which are suitable for off & on bike wear as do Café du Cycliste (

    Vulpine ( and Swrve ( do good cycling trousers that are weather resistant.

    As for jackets I would recommend either Vulpine ( or Swrve (

    Finally all chaps love their tools and Full Windsor have the Nutter (

    Drop me a line if you want to (I’m a cycling coach)

    • Lloyd Shepherd August 21, 2015 at 3:53 pm #

      Ahoy Brian! What an excellent list of recommendations. We will certainly be in touch….

      • Brian Lunn August 21, 2015 at 4:09 pm #

        If you want you DM me on Twitter and I’ll give you my phone number. My handle is @uisge

  20. Brian Lunn August 24, 2015 at 7:38 am #

    I know I have come aboard somewhat tardily but listening to the older podcasts I recall someone suggesting it may be difficult to cycle the Keil Canal. Actually it couldn’t be harder fromt he truth. My colleague and work neighbour is just back from cycling in SH. She’s from Köln. I did (not a lot of) digging (first linka ctually) and came across this: The URL is self explanatory really.

    Additionally (and on the same site) the Baltic coastal path runs from Flensburg: “Schleswig-Holstein’s 438 kilometer-long Baltic coast cycle path takes you from Kupfermühle, near Flensburg, to Lübeck-Travemünde. Many fascinating features of this varied region are revealed along the way. Sometimes you cycle along the beach with a view of the sea, then you pass wooded cliff tops or cycle through the fertile hinterland with its dark blue lakes, its fjords and fields. Historic fishing villages and bustling seaports tell their story of the coastal region and offer an interesting programme of cultural events.
    The Baltic Sea coast tour has repeatedly been voted in to the TOP 10 in the ADFC-cycle tour analysis.”

    There’s another site that covers other radfahren including the D1 that runs along the mainland coast near the -siel. There’s a list of all the long distance routes here: and there’s a handy iOS app that has the main German routes available offline for your phone (including being ablte to use GPS). It can be found from (I know it links to the UK app but the authors have UK, Germany, France and Netherlands apps). Also worth checking is Komoot which is great for advance planning and downloading maps to save on data charges.

    My experience cycling in Germany that whilst the Germans can be rigid this id very much reduced for cyclists and so long as you act sensibly and respect the rules of the road and others they are hugely supportive and welcoming. Much more so than int he UK.

    • Tim Wright August 27, 2015 at 3:01 pm #


      This is incredibly useful info – and heartening. It makes the whole trip feel just that little bit more doable (for us). Thanks for taking the time to offer such great detail. I shall include a lot of this in a post about the cycling element of our trip soon – giving you full credit, of course. Ahoy!

  21. Brian Lunn August 27, 2015 at 5:06 pm #

    No worries. (Note to self – PROOF READ). I must beware iOS autocorrect and my own poor typing skills.

    Happy to talk vorbeireden (talking past the point) about anything cycling related

  22. Sylvester December 2, 2015 at 9:59 pm #

    Love what you are doing, and love the book. Have also pledged on Unbound. Good luck

    • Tim Wright December 7, 2015 at 12:49 am #

      Thanks so much! We really appreciate your support. L & T

  23. zydny December 16, 2015 at 3:22 am #

    I am woefully late to the party but I am having a lovely time reading all on your site!

  24. Bruce Parish July 21, 2016 at 8:26 pm #

    Really like the book and what you are doing.
    After looking through the book pledges available on unbound the heading photo of the ROTS does not really stand out as a marine story.
    Men in tights with bicycles? Maybe a photo of the Dulcibella or some marine subject would be more appropriate.
    Also may generate more pledges as September is coming and pledges are lagging. I want this project to succeed.

    • Tim Wright August 30, 2016 at 11:56 am #

      Hi Bruce

      Thanks so much for your support. Yes, I’ve tried to change the default image that comes up with our YouTube video but it doesn’t seem to update on Unbound for some reason.

      We are indeed lagging behind with pledges. Lloyd and I are meeting tonight to make decisions about what to do – we’ll make an announcement by the end of the week.

      Many thanks & best wishes

      Tim NotCarruthers

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