So Far, So Good
An Adventurous Life
Imprint: The Liffey Press
320 Pages, 6.7 x 9.4 in, Over 60 color photographs and maps
- May 2021
- In Stock
In this revised and updated memoir, Paddy describes sailing his leaking Galway Hooker across the Atlantic Ocean to a triumphant arrival in Boston Harbor; a near ‘wipe out’ while successfully recreating Ernest Shackleton’s exploits in Antarctica; capsizing near Mount Brandon on the night of the Fastnet Race disaster; accomplishing the first westward circumnavigation of the North Pole in a small boat, winning the Blue Water Medal; completing the hazardous journey through the Northwest Passage, one of only a handful of boats to do so; his recent remarkable journey to Greenland on an old Irish ketch; and a few less perilous journeys such as sailing across the Bay of Biscay to trade Irish woollens and whiskey for Spanish wine and cheeses – though even then they nearly collided with a tugboat and its tow – and retracing the remarkable journeys of Irish monks in Iceland.
On land Paddy had further adventures building bridges in the fierce heat in Malawi, and later in life worked for the Rapid Response Team for the United Nations World Food Programme in Ethiopia. And in Ireland he worked on the construction of the iconic Poolbeg Stacks which still dominate the Dublin skyline, and which his children always referred to as ‘Daddy’s Chimneys’. But he was always drawn back to the sea.
So Far, So Good is a rollicking, delightful account of a life truly well lived, and a striking example of a work/life balance that is much to be envied.