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The Wind Has Weight: Neither Wind Nor Fate Bears Malice -bookcover

By: Patricia Gogay

The Wind Has Weight: Neither Wind Nor Fate Bears Malice

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There are many adventures and epic challenges that people of all ages can aspire to complete. In The Wind Has Weight, Patricia Gogay shares her memories and reflections of fifteen years at sea aboard Imago, the trustworthy steel cruising yacht that she and her husband built. From the inception of the ship, throughout the duration of their global travels, and through the ups and downs of her husband's medical crises, Mrs. Gogay illustrates the triumphs and tragedies of the exciting yet difficult life on the seas. As husband and wife, as skipper and 'admiral', the Gogays endured much in their goals to travel around the world. They scraped and saved to put their effort and resources into building their ship. They learned and were advised as they met colourful friends and foes at multiple ports in countries around the globe. Facts and observations about wildlife, government, politics, poverty, wealth, and nautical pleasures and woes are presented with each stop of their journey. With her husband's medical challenges, we learn that their adventures are not simply dreams or goals, they are labours of love, at sea, on land, and in the heart. The knowledge that, inexperienced though they were, the Gogays set sail on this adventure reinforces the notion that people of all ages can aspire to realise a dream.  

Patricia Gogay was born in 1942. Her working life included a nurse in training, laboratory technician and croupier. Finally, as a mature student, she studied for two years at college to qualify as a social worker and probation officer.

By her mid-thirties, Patricia had built her own houseboat, could change a fuse and was a happily confirmed spinster. Then she met Ken.

Working together, they built a 42-foot yacht and sailed it around the world for fifteen years. Shortly after returning to England, Ken suffered a catastrophic stroke. For the next fifteen years, Patricia cared for him at home as he made a prognosis-defying recovery. She could not have managed dependent care alone. It was made possible by the immaculate help and support they both received from his carers.

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