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Taniwha Press UK

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Rod Heikell
 
Rod Heikell was born in New Zealand in 1949 and sailed hesitantly around bits of its coast in a variety of yachts. He tried racing in the Hauraki Gulf but was really not much good at it. In England he abandoned academic life and for no good reason other than curiosity, he bought Roulette, a 1950’s plywood JOG yacht nearly 20ft long, and sailed it down to the Mediterranean. He worked on charter here and delivered yachts until, in ignorance of the scale of the task, he set off to write a yachtsman’s guide to Greece. This was followed by guides for other countries in the Mediterranean. He has sailed back and forth between England and the Mediterranean including a trip down the Danube and on to Turkey in Rosinante, an 18ft Mirror Offshore. In 1996 he took his fourth yacht, his Tetra, to SE Asia and back for the research for Indian Ocean Cruising Guide. Apart from sailing the ‘wrong’ way and back again the ‘right’ way across the Indian Ocean in Tetranora, his beloved 31ft Cheverton New Campaigner, he has done two transatlantics in seven tenths and two transatlantics on Skylax, his present yacht. He has also cruised extensively in other parts of the world on other yachts. Skylax is now back in the Mediterranean after her circumnavigation being readied for new adventures. He always returns to the Mediterranean, his favourite cruising grounds, where with his wife Lu he updates his guides on the area.
He has had over 20 books published and been translated into six languages. He often writes articles for yachting and other magazines. When he is not on Skylax he lives with Lu in Cowes on the Isle of Wight working on his books and cooking good food in the Keith Floyd tradition of one for the pot and one for cookie. His most recent books are The Trade Wind Foodie, The Accidental Sailor and Sailing Ancient Seas.
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J C Graeme
 
Jean-Charles Graeme, French mother and English father, hence the name, is a retired history teacher who has spent thirty years sailing his own small boat, Apagio, around the Mediterranean. He has written several books on the history of the Mediterranean. His knowledge of both the sea itself and its history is unrivalled. He has written two novels: To Ithaca and My Name Is No One. When he is not sailing he lives in Douarnenez in Brittany with his Jack Russell Odysseus. He is now working on his third novel though he has no finish date in sight yet.
 

Penny Minney


Penny Minney has four children and seven grandchildren.  Between 1955 and 1958 she and a fellow Somerville College Oxford undergraduate Sally Hinchliff bought a 17 foot lifeboat in Malta, and with relays of friends or one of the two other co-owners as crew, finally sailed coastwise to Istanbul, then Rhodes, Santorini and back to the Piraeus. Their adventures along the way give an intimate picture of the Mediterranean in the aftermath of WW2, with a Classical perspective. Co-owner Robin Minney was with them on the first open-sea crossing, toured the Greek islands with them, and in the final year joined the boat at Rhodes, where Penny and he became engaged.
Penny taught Classics for 17 years at Central Newcastle High, in the holidays sailing to the Hebrides, to Finland, and to St. Petersburg, with her old skipper. She is the daughter of the author Richard Hughes.