Book Review: Last year we announced on Asia at Sea the impending release of The Adventures of Chas from Tas. So is it worth a read? Do the adventures of Chas from Tas live up to the near euphoric hype dispensed by Chas groupies in the Yacht Club bar?
The Adventures of Chas from Tas follows the true life of Chas, a blonde Tasmanian in his early twenties, as he jumps from boat to boat, marina to marina, and girl to girl, finding mischief and adventure wherever he can. In fact the book is as much about Chas’s escapades on land as at sea, so whilst yachties will certainly enjoy the stories of famous and infamous sailors, boats and races, there are an equal number of non-sailing stories thrown into the mix. Chas’s kidnapping in Miami, his meeting Britt Ekland in London, and his drinking sessions with train robber Ronnie Briggs in Brazil are but three of a whole host of exciting short stories to amuse.
The book in some ways is a narrative of the late 1960s and 1970s in terms of Blundell and Prentice’s peppering of references to how the various characters Chas meets, are linked to things happening elsewhere in the World. A sort of Forrest Gump structure if you will, but swap Forrest for a Tasmanian yachting version of James Bond who sails the World shagging every pretty girl in sight, and all the better if she is the daughter of the skipper or wife of a local Comandante!
A very enjoyable read – turns out the hype was true!