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Exploring With Adele
Exploring With Adele Cruise your way around
  the world from the comfort
  of your own home with
  this delightful new book,
  Exploring With Adèle

IMAGINE SUNNING YOURSELF FROM THE DECK of one of the planet's most famous super-yachts — the Adèle — watching the unforget-table scenery float past as you relax and sip an endless supply of cocktails; saving your energy for some well-chosen shopping or sight-seeing ashore.

Exploring with Adèle, by Jan-Eric Österlund, is a magnificent photo-graphic account of an amazing voyage on the beautiful sailing yacht through the eyes of various cameras — including those of both Jan-Eric himself and Rick Tomlinson. The book accompanies Adèle as she passes through some of the Earth's most exhilarating ocean environments, from Svalbard — the most northern landmass of Europe — with its polar bears; to Antarctica; from the unique wildlife of the Galapagos; to exotic Fiji and Vanuatu with its erupting volcano. You are invited to sit back, turn the pages and enjoy the views!

Detailed maps pinpoint the voyage, starting with the trip north from Harlingen in Holland to Bergen and Lofoten in Norway and ending in the magnificent continent of South America. Jan-Eric introduces his crew and, at the end of the book, gives us an intimate tour of Adèle with diagrams, plans and specifications.

Author and photographer Jan-Eric's descriptive prose brings the journey to life, giving you a remarkable taste of life on the ocean wave with Adèle as she is put through her paces — cutting through the whitecaps with the grace of a thoroughbred.

Jan-Eric has sailed this extraordinary yacht from the pack ice in the Arctic Ocean in the north to Antarctica in the South; from the Mediter-ranean in the East to New Zealand in the West. Together with photo-grapher Rick Tomlinson, he tells the tale of this wonderful journey, visiting legendary places — including Spitsbergen, The Galapagos, The Marquesas and Fiji.

Illustrated with over 400 pictures that include a beautifully-preserved 1150 stave church in Borgund; the fortress of Carlsten at Marstrand; stone carvings; a stunning night picture of Falmouth Harbour; Hump-back whales in the Dominican Republic; the largest stone statue of a Polynesian deity in the world; tropical islands; magical coves; natural ice-sculptures and a magnificent view of Rio de Janeiro with the statue of Christ looking over the bay with Adèle at anchor.

We also meet people from different cultures and fantastic creatures
— including penguins, albatrosses, whales, frigate birds, flamingos, nesting kittiwakes and iguanas.

The journey spans over two years with Jan-Eric and his crew travelling the distance of one Atlantic crossing each month. With chapters broken down into the oceans travelled, Exploring With Adèle really is a wonderful mix of travelogue, photo-essay and adventure story.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading — or should I say, viewing — this impressive "documenta-read". You might find the word "book" is a
little misleading!

Not quite as good as riding the oceans yourself, maybe, but certainly the closest you can get without actually setting foot on board. Exploring With Adèle is a marvellous book to own.

Exploring With Adèle by Jan-Eric Österlund was published in hardback by Duncan Baird Publishers Ltd in January (2008) at an RRP of £40.

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Born in Sweden in 1945, Jan-Eric Österlund is a keen photographer
and author. His accounts of his voyages on the Adèle have been published in a number of yachting magazines. Jan-Eric lives with his wife Jennifer in Devon, South West England, and his business interests include investments in a number of biotechnology and medical com-panies. His four grown-up children are based in London, Stockholm
and Los Angeles.