Pirates and Pacific storms in new book

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A COUPLE who were rescued from the clutches of Somali pirates by the French navy have published a book about their adventures.

Tony and Audrey Walter were on a two-year round-the-world sailing trip when the pirates struck off the Gulf of Aden in 2010.

Fortunately the huge warship appeared on the horizon and the pirates sailed off. Now that terrifying incident, and other much happier times from their trip, is documented in A Leap of Faith.

The couple, from Southwood Road, Hayling, took in places such as Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Fiji and the Galápagos Islands,

They reveal their battles in the Pacific with force 10 gales, having to repair their boat, Cayuco, at sea and snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef.

Mr Walter, a 68-year-old retired lecturer, said: ‘Next year we’ll be off again just around the Med but I don’t think we’ll be mixing with pirates any more.’

They will be returning to The Alec Rose bar, The Boardwalk, Port Solent, where they set off on the journey of a lifetime, between midday and 6pm on Saturday to sign copies of the book.

You can also buy the book from Hayling Island Bookshop or Amazon for £8.99.

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