About a Village Boy: A memoir
Troubador Publishing Ltd, 2015/01/28 - 176 ページ
‘Once I had polio I could no longer run and I could no longer play tennis.I tried other hobbies: walking, swimming, gardening, photography, beekeeping.
And then I tried sailing.’
Chris Dunning overcame the after-effects of polio to win some of the world's biggest ocean racing competitions, including captaining the British Admiral Cup team to victory in 1977. Throughout his life, Chris has suffered the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune while literally sailing through a sea of troubles, all of which is captured perfectly in About A Village Boy.
‘It’s not all been plain sailing...’
From the rural innocence of the post-war British countryside to the greed and corruption of the 1980s, with thrilling anecdotes of sailing horrors and heroics, this book contains first-hand accounts of the devastating storm that hit the Fastnet race of 1979, but also the brilliant Admiral’s Cup victory two years earlier. It is also a personal tale of how Chris lost his mother at a young age and contracted polio in his teens. His passion for life saw him not only succeed in sailing, but also in the business world – he grew one of the leading shopfitting businesses in the country, only to see it crumble before his eyes.
About A Village Boy captures the highs and lows of his extraordinary life.
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Chapter One Dunning Manning
Chapter Three To Cannes
Chapter Five The Dunning Empire
Chapter Seven Getting On
Chapter Nine Family Matters
Chapter Eleven Plain Sailing
Chapter Thirteen Dunnings Great Summer Sail
Chapter Fifteen Sailing into the Sunset
Aderhold Admiral’s Cup Andover asked Audrey Aunt Ada bank Basil became Bermuda Bill Bill Atkinson boat bought boys British brother Bugden building built called chap cheque Chris coast Commodore course Cowes crew dance Danebury Dora drive Dunning’s Edinburgh Airport farm Fastnet Fastnet race Father finish Grandfather Gulf Stream Harry hospital inshore races International Stores Irish James Jubilee Sailing Trust knew Leslie Porter Lloyd’s London look Ludgershall manager Marionette married Mayfield miles morning mother needed Nelson never o’clock Ocean Racing offshore race once pretty Raymond Ron Holland RORC round Royal Yacht Squadron rudder sailing Sardinia Cup sell shooting Shopfitting someone Southampton started Stephanie storm syndicates Taylor Woodrow Ted Heath Tesco thing timber Tony took Treloars turned underwriter wanted week Weyhill wife wind wine Yacht Club Year’s