Nick and Jenny Coghlan first sailed their diminutive Albin Vega 27, Tarka the Otter, around the world. It took them four years to sail from Maple Bay, B.C. and back, via the Cape of Good Hope and Panama. A career change then took Nick from Vancouver Island to Ottawa and into the Canadian Foreign Service.

Later, posted to South Africa, Nick and Jenny bought Bosun Bird, a sturdy but equally small Vancouver 27, and began a slow voyage home to British Columbia through the South Atlantic, weathering stormy seas around Cape Horn and New Zealand, and spending the winter of 2011/12 in Japan. During this trip, they sailed in their 27-foot cutter from Cape Town across the South Atlantic to the spectacular glaciers of Tierra del Fuego (Fireland). Nick Coghlan recalls their adventures during a year in Patagonian waters in Winter in Fireland.


Winter in Fireland (University of Alberta Press, 2012)

386 pages · 3 maps

30 B&W photographs

6" x 9"

Wayfarer Series

$34.95 (T) paper



$27.99 (T) EPUB


[BCBW 2012]