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OG Nicola tells all about her adventures of sailing away for eight years

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OG Nicola Rodriguez (nee Watkins, who left Godolphin in 1981), is pleased to be releasing a second edition of her book that will be available mid January. There is also going to be a launch of the book in February, in London.

Such wonderful news! It is always so lovely to hear from our Alumnae.

Below is the Fernhurst Books Press Release for Nicola's book.

Sail Away Second edition by Nicola Rodriguez


You long to escape the daily grind, buy a boat and sail away. This book will inspire your dreams and show you how to turn them into a reality – be it an extended cruise or years away.

Written by a yachting journalist who has sailed away for 8 years, together with the contributions of 100 other blue-water cruisers, there are tales a plenty of what it is like to do it from around the world – west, east, north and south.

There is also practical advice on everything from choosing a boat to crossing oceans. You’ll be guided through each step of the preparation before casting off on your adventure of a lifetime. There’s information on everything the would-be blue-water sailor needs to consider, including safety, communications, children, ocean passages and budgeting.

Learn about routes and destinations around Europe, the Caribbean, the Pacific and beyond to help you cruise the Mediterranean or Baltic, cross the Atlantic or circumnavigate the world. Colour photographs and charts will inspire and inform in this essential guide for the 21st century blue-water sailor.

Fully updated for 2019 with new sections on visiting the Baltic and high and low latitudes. Contributors include John Ridgway, Jeanne Socrates, Tom Cunliffe, Ellen Massey Leonard, Behan Gifford, Nigel Wollen, Andrew Wilkes, Jane Russell and Jeremy Wyatt.

With the publication of this book, Fernhurst Books launches its new series of books designed for the cruising sailor: Skipper’s Library. This series of how-to books is packed with wise advice and filled with photographs and illustrations to show you exactly how it’s done and communicate complex on-the-water scenarios with clarity.

Published by Fernhurst Books as a paperback and eBook, Sail Away will be available to buy from all good chandleries, bookshops, websites and direct from

The book is being launched at an evening at Stanfords – the world’s biggest and best map and travel bookshop – in the heart of London with a talk by the author on Wednesday 13th February 2019, 7 Mercer Walk, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9FA at 6.30pm. Further details on the launch are available from .

About the author Nicola Rodriguez dared to dream the impossible. She wanted to see the world with her family. She wanted to have her own adventure, a taste of paradise, and most importantly – freedom. Freedom from the demands of life, and time out to explore on every level. With careful planning (and the gift of yachting equipment), her dream came true, allowing her to travel, escape and explore the world by yacht for 8 years, 4 while raising her family. She is a yachting journalist and writes for magazines including Practical Boat Owner, Blue Water Sailing and SAIL.