The Dove - Robin Lee Graham

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  1. Wildman

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    Some of my early wanderings were inspired by Robin Lee Graham, the 16 year old who in 1965 sailed alone around the world. Whilst I got my coastal skippers ticket and yacht master offshore I never did get out of the Solent, preferring a motorhome. I wonder if anyone has the original book "Dove" or the follow up which I have never read "home is the sailor", In 1975 there was a film made starring Joseph Bottoms as Robin, I missed it when it was eventually shown on the TV, I wonder if anyone has a recording or DVD of it. My life has been inspired by the man and feel it time to revisit the inspiration.
     
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    And to think Roger we could be calling you "Uncle Albert"

    My favourite Uncle Albert Scene :Rofl1:

    A tall naval officer aged about 40 and carrying a naval officer's topcoat, and a wren have entered. The two naval officers talk to one of the regulars who points in Albert's direction. The two begin to make their way through the crowd. They are stern and officious. Albert has not noticed the naval officers.

    Albert
    All together now, Oohhh!

    Naval Officer
    (Posh voice)
    Albert Trotter?

    Albert
    Aye, sir, ma'am.

    Naval Officer
    Able Seaman Albert Trotter,
    late of Her Magesty's ship
    Peerless?

    Albert
    Aye, sir.

    Naval Officer
    I'm placing you under
    arrest.

    There is a shocked murmur from the crowd.

    Del
    They're only nicking him,
    look!

    Rodney
    What's goin' on?

    Naval Officer
    You will be taken to the
    naval stockade, Portsmouth,
    where you will await court
    martial.

    Albert
    Yeah, but why?

    Naval Officer
    Dereliction of duty. November
    19th 1941. While serving the
    Royal Pacific fleet. You did
    wantonly abandon your watch
    duties. Thus causing the
    sinking of HMS Peerless and
    causing considerable damage
    to the American vessel USS
    Pittsburgh.

    Albert
    But...but...that was nearly
    50 years ago!

    Naval Officer
    The original papers have
    only just been discovered
    in the vaults of Admiralty
    Headquarters, Singapore.

    Albert
    I couldn't understand the
    radar, it's was all blibs and
    blobs.
    :Rofl1::Rofl1:

    Naval Officer
    Read the charges, petty
    officer.

    Wren
    Aye, aye, sir.

    The wren produces some official looking paperwork.

    Wren

    Able Seaman Albert Trotter.
    You are hereby ordered by
    her Majesty the Queen, by
    the high Lords of the
    Admiralty and by all your
    friends and relatives to
    have a very happy
    birthday.
     
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    Amazon Book’s

    Dove; Paperback by with Derek L. T. Hill £6.99p
    Home is the sailor; Paperback by Robin lee Graham. £15.05p
    No joy on the video or DVD.
     
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    Roger, what a different life you may have led. Its strange the way it all works out. As a boy I was determined to go to sea and it was very simple to do then. Never did and never regreted it but often wonder what if ? (Have you ever read The Kontiki Expedition) the best seafaring book I've read

    Cheers
    Jim
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    The Dove

    Soundtrack

    An original motion picture soundtrack of the film was released in 1974 by ABC Records and contained thirteen tracks (00:31:43). On May 1, 2001 a CD was released on the Artemis record label. The song "Sail the Summer Winds," sung by Lyn Paul, was nominated for a Golden Globe and was a top selling hit in England. It hovered just outside the British Top 50 for four months.[6] The score was written by composer John Barry.


    Side 1

    1. "The Dove (Main Title)" (03:05)
    2. "Sail The Summer Winds" (Vocal by Lyn Paul) (03:09)
    3. "Hitch-hike To Darwin" (02:14)
    4. "Patty and Robin" (02:20)
    5. "Here There Be Dragons" (02:44)
    6. "Mozambique" (02:15)
    Side 2

    1. "The Motorbike and the Dove" (01:24)
    2. "Xing'mombila" (02:09)
    3. "Alone On The Wide, Wide Sea" (03:52)
    4. "Porpoise Escort" (02:30)
    5. "After The Fire" (01:46)
    6. "Sail The Summer Winds" (Vocal by Lyn Paul) (02:21)
    7. "The Dove (End Title)" (01:54)
     
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    It's strange isn't it, I did think that you would fit well on the bridge of some yacht sailing around the world :Smile: but life doesn't always put us where we want to be, but as long as we can enjoy what we are doing now, that's what matters. Hope you manage to find the books and the recording of the TV show that you are looking for. Sorry I can't help with either.
     
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    The search has ended.

    [ame="http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_ss?url=search-alias%3Dvhs&field-keywords=The+Dove&x=19&y=17"]http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_ss?url=search-alias%3Dvhs&field-keywords=The+Dove&x=19&y=17[/ame]

    The Dove – VHS- 1974
    One used & New
    £184.99p

    www.Amazon.co.uk

    Search for VHS, then type The Dove, should be the first one up.

     
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    Am I missing something here - so what's the big deal with a 17 YO this week ?

    And a 13 YO girl in the Netherlands - now this is a big deal, the courts have overruled her parents in allowing this because it will hinder her development - and we call the UK a nanny state.
     
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    maybe the 17 yr old did it non stop whilst robin did have couple of stops along the way and even changed boats part way through. 13 is too youg to cope with the pressures of solo sailing over a long period of time. Any parents who would allow it at that age are obviously not fit to be parents, they are glory seeking via the daughter and failing to protectect her. I have no problem with her being made a ward of court and just as well some protection is in place.
     
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    I was thinking the same thing, bit expensive for a video :Eeek:
     
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    Snap Wildman. I have read that book over the years more times than I can remember. I do have a copy but would be reluctant to part with it. I also dreamed of sailing around the world, did the RYA Skippers course etc. Been around boats all my life and until recently had a 4 berth cruiser which I reluctantly sold recently as it wasn’t getting used since we bought the MH. When I married Michelle back in 93 I tried to get her into sailing but she’s just not into it but loves the MH, hence the compromise. Even if you’re not into sailing that book is such an inspiration and anybody who reads it couldn’t fail to be both gripped and moved by such a story. He actually spent 5 years going around the world, spent months in various countries and got married half way around! When he left at just 16 years old I think there was quite a bit of controversy over his age and I agree about the Dutch girl,13 is too young but I don’t think 16 is. I never realised there was a sequel and a film. Let me know if you have any success but Im not paying £180 for a video!
     
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    Sounds a good read, I will look out for it. I do like a good travel adventure Couple of weeks ago I finished reading about Rosie's 5 year run around the world, a remarkable adventure which started when she was 57. She started running after her husband died of cancer. Her website is here, Read it and if you are a male over 50 take her advice and go and get a prostrate screening.


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    Just had a good rake around and the only other source I found for the video was here

    http://www.alibris.co.uk/search/movies/upc/097360873832

    Cheapest £40 plus shipping and there is some warning about American VHS being compatible with UK (Dont know about that one)

    One did sell on US Ebay for $18 recently but none there at the moment.
     
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    I you enjoyed that you should read her earlier books when she and Rob I think it was sailed around the world in a catermaran on about £5, plus another back packing around the world, she is a lifelong adventurer.
     
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    That is a fair comment.

    Though it seems heavy handed on the part of A State.

    Freedom is freedom to excel, freedom is also freedom to die in failure.
     
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    I remember seeing the film and very good it was too, hope you find it, I'm sure you will enjoy it:thumb::thumb:

    Tim
     
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    I am a Falkland Islander and remember seeing her there in the catermaran, with her husband and two kids if I remember rightly:thumb:
     
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