- OCC Australian Award 29th December 2018
- Wintering in Russia 19th November 2018
- Yachting World 31st August 2018
- Priozersk again 25th August 2018
- Priozersk 21st August 2018
- Valaam 21st August 2018
- Konovets monastery 16th August 2018
- Dalyokaya Bukhta 16th August 2018
- Out onto the lake at last 16th August 2018
- River Yacht Club St Petersburg 14th August 2018
- Apostol Andrei 14th August 2018
- Towards Ladoga 13th August 2018
- It couldn’t end better 13th August 2018
- Sailing through St Petersburg 13th August 2018
- Russia at last 7th August 2018
- Tallinn 6th August 2018
- Mud Baths 6th August 2018
- Slow Progress 6th August 2018
- Apologies to Miss Perfect 19th July 2018
- Blue Dove on Marine Traffic 16th July 2018
- Boat Insurance for Russia. 16th July 2018
- Klaipeda 16th July 2018
- Warnemunde 12th July 2018
- Denmark 12th July 2018
- Hanseatica 12th July 2018
“…a captivating adventure. I read the book at one setting and was very late to bed.(the book is) beautifully presented and bound, with noble images…half pilot book, half cruising yarn.”
“Vallentine is a semi-retired doctor from Australia with a dry, Aussie humour which he really needs as one crazy nonsense after another gets in his way. He is an unsung hero of ocean sailing.”
– Tom Cunliffe, Yachting World August 2018.
“[whether sailing or taking a river cruise]…this fascinating and entertaining book would be the ideal guide to take along. Everyone interested in cruising off the beaten path…as well as anyone with a specific interest in Russia, will enjoy this book.”
– Ocean Cruising Club book review
“What a fascinating book! Even if you never repeat the history-making voyage of Australian yacht Tainui, this is a great read. If you do plan such a venture, it is compulsory reading.”
– Afloat Magazine
A lively and informative combination journal and cruising guide for those who might follow. Whether you are planning the voyage yourself or just looking for an adventurous tale, Sailing Through Russia is a photo-filled gem that’s well worth the read.
– Cruising World
Since St Petersburg we have encountered just 2 yachts. Both small Russian boats with small outboard motors.
So Priozersk came as a surprise. Entering through a narrow but well-marked channel there are 3 small marinas here in the river, with dozens of small local yachts. We stopped at the first marina on the left, said to be the best of them. A decrepit timber mill looms large on the opposite shore and there is a medieval fortress worth exploring.
The marina has pontoon berths, shore power and rudimentary facilities (no water or fuel, though). Staff are friendly and there is an excellent restaurant nearby. A welcome change.
North from here there are myriad islands, sounds and byways begging exploration en route our northernmost destination, Valaam.