Greenland Yarn came from reading Tristan Jones. His are good stories - yarns in an old fashioned way - but I found them too good, to the point that one doubts their truth.
A little research and I discovered I wasn't alone - indeed he has a reputation for being "flexible" with the facts in his writing.
However reading the stories it's clear it isn't all fiction, there is some truth there, but where to draw the line and why did he write like that?
I think that partly it was his character, and so, in my review of his book "Ice", I imagined him in a pub, telling tall tales in return for drinks.
But also one thing that offshore sailing does give you is time for the mind to wander, and you are also spending a lot of your time wondering "what if?".
What if the wind backs? What if we get iced in? What if a polar bear attacks?
And in each case, how would I respond?
I think his stories came from those long spaces between events when he lived with his dog Nelson and his imagination.
So I thought I'd try the same, starting with four true stories from my sail last summer, when I saw an iceberg in the Denmark straight, when we went for soak in a natural hot spring, when we were caught in the mist ashore and when we had engine failure when moored deep in a fjord.
What if there'd be something on that iceberg? What if those hunters had joined us in the hot spring? What if I'd been alone in the mist without a compass? What if the outboard engine had failed during the tow?
The last one for obvious reasons was on my mind a lot during the towing, and I'm really glad that that one was fictional.
It was then split into 9 chunks with the last line of each a suitable hook for the next post.
Which reminds me, there was something I said I'd post about sailing to Greenland with three Disney princesses...