top of page

author & journalist

Rick Dodson

Books for sale by:

Rebecca Hayter

Adrian Hayter

Brian Peet


The Book Shop


Wild Seas to Greenland


A sailing adventure with ocean racer Ross Field

by Rebecca Hayter

In 2017, yachting journalist Rebecca Hayter joined ocean racing veteran Ross Field on a voyage to the Arctic Circle. More than an adventure, this book is a chance to learn from one of New Zealand's most experienced expedition sailors.


Sheila in the Wind

by Adrian Hayter (Dad)

Adrian Hayter's Sheila in the Wind is one of New Zealand's great sailing classics.

In 1949, an intensely self-reliant, introspective New Zealand soldier set sail single-handed from England to New Zealand, despite having no sailing experience. Sheila in the Wind is a story of the first solo voyage from England to New Zealand and a journey of the human spirit. 

With an introduction by Rebecca Hayter

UK & Europe readers: available from




Rick Dodson: America's Cup champion to Paralympian

by Rebecca Hayter

Rick Dodson was a two-times world champion sailor whose many victories led to his role as strategist on board Team New Zealand when it won the 1995 America’s Cup. But for the successful defence in 2000, Rick was sailing with a secret: a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS), which would eventually debilitate him.
Storms Ahead is the story of Rick's two lives: as a top, able-bodied sailor and as a Paralympian.



Des Townson: a sailing legacy

Book Cover.jpg

by Brian Peet

A stunning, coffee table-style book of 344 pages, 244mm x 288mm,

with more than 200 photos and drawings.

New Zealander Des Townson was a self-taught yacht designer and boat builder whose 50-year design career produced some of New Zealand's most striking and spirited boats, by close family friend and sailor, Brian Peet.

‘Des possessed an intuitive feel for a boat, an analytical mind, a phenomenal memory, a dogged drive and a wonderful eye for the visual balance of a yacht,’ says Peet. Townson was a purist, a perfectionist and a genius. He had a spartan approach to design and exacting standards. The result: outstandingly beautiful yachts with great race potential.


What You Wish For


What You Wish For

One man's guide to life, death and alternative therapies

by Paul Blacklow and Rebecca Hayter

When Paul Blacklow was diagnosed with MND at the age of 31, he immediately took control of his illness. That included research into alternative therapies and how to approach death as a journey of the mind, body and spirit. Having cared for my father through cancer, I understood that the process of death can be a process of love, and I felt privileged to complete Paul's book after his death.



Oceans Alone

Chris Sayer's solo adventures on the high seas

by Rebecca Hayter

When I wrote Oceans Alone, I had followed Chris Sayer’s solo adventures for 10 years and sailed overnight with him on his tiny, complex Mini Transat 6.50 yachts.
Twenty years later, it remains a story of high-adventure and a highly technical experience of the design and build of three, fast Mini Transat 650s.

Only a few copies left, slightly worn.



Secondhand Books


Free postage if bought with a copy of
Wild Seas to Greenland by Rebecca Hayter

The Year of the Quiet Sun

by Adrian Hayter

Adrian Hayter's book of his stint as leader of Scott Base, Antarctica in the wintering over party of 1964-5.
Only a few copies left, normal wear and tear.


bottom of page