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Doug Sutherland
Doug Sutherland

Doug was educated at St Andrews College in Grahamstown, and this was followed by a couple of years as an articled clerk with a firm of accountants. Business appealed to him more so he went to work for a large importer and distributor of many products.
Along with his brother David, they eventually started their own business, acting as agents and distributors importing various brands of watches and jewellery until he sold his share of the company and took off to go sailing with his wife Marianne and three children, Rob, Andy and Jax.
Doug and Marianne retired to Port Alfred when Doug turned 72 and are enjoying watching their eight grandchildren grow up and play sport at schools in Grahamstown, with the last one finishing in 2026, when Doug will be 85.

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Throw Off The Bowlines

R109,00
As Doug puts it: “As I stood on the deck at the start of our first solo voyage, with the Sugar Loaf Mountain passing on our starboard side, I thought, ‘How did the five of us come to be facing the huge Atlantic Ocean all alone?’ ” The story of this epic adventure is wonderfully and intimately told through the medium of dozens of letters the couple wrote home to concerned and disbelieving parents back in South Africa. Storms and even hurricanes, many windless and frustrating days, stunningly beautiful anchorages and islands, eccentric fellow “yachties”, close encounters with the Queen, Princess Margaret and Robert de Niro, vexatious bureaucrats, a robust social life while in port, (even a revolution!) and the challenges of feeding, raising and educating three lively and energetic young children within the confines of a 16 m yacht, are all part of this great story. The adventure ends when Gaucho is sold in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands, in 1979, and the family returns to a “normal” life in South Africa, having forged a bond often denied most families.
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Throw Off The Bowlines

R109,00
As Doug puts it: “As I stood on the deck at the start of our first solo voyage, with the Sugar Loaf Mountain passing on our starboard side, I thought, ‘How did the five of us come to be facing the huge Atlantic Ocean all alone?’ ” The story of this epic adventure is wonderfully and intimately told through the medium of dozens of letters the couple wrote home to concerned and disbelieving parents back in South Africa. Storms and even hurricanes, many windless and frustrating days, stunningly beautiful anchorages and islands, eccentric fellow “yachties”, close encounters with the Queen, Princess Margaret and Robert de Niro, vexatious bureaucrats, a robust social life while in port, (even a revolution!) and the challenges of feeding, raising and educating three lively and energetic young children within the confines of a 16 m yacht, are all part of this great story. The adventure ends when Gaucho is sold in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands, in 1979, and the family returns to a “normal” life in South Africa, having forged a bond often denied most families.
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