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When Ben Tucker and his kid brother Matt decided to sail south in search of icebergs on Ben's small home-built kiwi sloop, their father Jon was allowed to come along as their cabin-boy, on a promise of good behaviour.

The unfolding adventure took them through thick pack ice to become trapped at the windiest place on the planet, a remote location in East Antarctica.

'Snow Petrel' is proof of what ordinary people can achieve on a minimal budget. Recently released in New Zealand and Australia, it has been surprisingly popular amongst non-sailing readers as well as sailors.

"...an exceptional work by a gifted writer .... The story is so compelling that one wishes it not to end." (Janet Upcher - reviewer.)

"A textured, intriguing, exhilarating story." Rachel Edwards - Book show host).

"...up there with the best. Jon's writing style is perfect." (Don McIntyre - adventurer, columnist).

"Snow Petrel consists of two quite separate books. One is an extraordinary tale of sailing - well outside the genre of most sailing books. The second provides a wonderful insght into a very special family." (Dr Nick Gales - Chief Scientist, Australian Antarctic Division).

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