In 1949, two brothers from Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, Stan and Colin Smith, built a 20-ft sloop, ‘Nova Espero’, in Canada, and sailed her from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia to Dartmouth, Devon, in 43 days. Arriving in England expecting a quiet welcome from a few friends and family, they found instead that they were national heroes. That, however, was just the beginning of the saga of Nova Espero.
Part history, part sourcebook, part biography, this book tells the story of the boat, and the extraordinary characters involved with her, from the yachts her design was based upon, to her final fate, and the brothers’ audacious plans for peace colonies across the world.
Featuring news stories and published works from the time, and many previously-unpublished letters and photographs, the book provides a long-awaited explanation of precisely why the brothers chose to cross the Atlantic in an unfeasibly small boat, and a history of her other, equally remarkable, journeys with Stan Smith and Charles Violet.
The book is available in e-book and (very soon…) paperback formats from my online shop.