Romford author releases novel describing adventurous 15 year trip sailing around the world
PUBLISHED: 09:59 14 May 2018
An adventurous journey sailing around the world for 15 years in a self-made boat formed the inspiration for a Romford author's new book.
Patricia Gogay, 76, from Main Road shares her memories, the triumphs and tragedies of 15 years spent at sea with her husband, Ken, in The Wind Has Weight: Neither Wind Nor Fate Bears Malice.
The couple had just finished their circumnavigation in 2003 when Ken suffered a serious stroke in France, which forced them to return home to the UK.
He spent eight months in Oldchurch Hospital, since replaced by Queen’s Hospital, Romford.
He managed to defy doctor’s expectations that he would need a permanent feeding tube and be unable to talk or walk again.
Despite his recovery, Ken still needs dependent care and Patricia explained that writing is her “palliative” to the health trials they have faced.
She told the Recorder: “As well as describing our extraordinary adventures as we sailed around the world in our self-built boat, the book recounts [Ken’s] remarkable recovery which we now think of as our third journey together.
“We travelled to 69 different countries across the Atlantic and the Pacific, to Sri Lanka, through the Suez Canal and all the way around.”
When they set off from Plymouth in 1988, Ken was 48 and Patricia was 39.
It had taken the couple seven years to build their boat named Imago, which refers to the final stage of a fully developed insect.
“[The name] came about because we were building the boat using steel which is quite rusty, but after we painted it, it transformed like a nymphus to a butterfly.
“We had never sailed before, so we did get into a couple of scrapes, but we got better at it.
“I think the fact that we built the boat together for seven years meant that we were prepared for travelling together in a 40ft sized boat.
“It’s our love story.”
The Wind Has Weight was published on April 28 and is available to purchase from Amazon, Waterstones and austinmacauley.com.