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More from Nigel Ridgway

Nigel has been keeping his pen going with reminisces of owning Clare, a Western Australian Built Wooden Ketch and his time on the ocean.

 Nigel traces the history of the Western Australian built ketch, Clare, in this delightful tale. With contributions from the logbooks of his wife, Aileen and Lanie (the owner after the Ridgways) we share the love and frustration of sailing and maintaining a wooden boat. 

   Nigel takes us on a voyage of discovery when he learns about Clare’s chequered past but is very enthusiastic about her future in the hands of current owner, Brad.

   The book also examines wooden boat building in WA, skills that are still alive and well today.

   A very enjoyable read with many photos, every lover of the sea and sailing vessels will want this book in their library.




From Mark
Just put “Clare” down feeling richer for the experience of reading about Nigel's relationship with her.  What a great yarn.  It was clever to include Lanie’s part as she provided a different perspective. You opened my eyes to wooden ketch sailing and feel as if I missed out on that type of adventure. Anyway congratulations on a very readable and interesting story.

Having just put down Captain Cook’s life story down, your yarn has prompted me to tour the Endeavour next time in Sydney and appreciate wooden boat building at it’s finest.  I  hope Brad is enjoying his experience with the refit.


From Roger

Received my copy a fortnight ago and it was a welcome yarn against the world’s gloom! I really enjoyed the tale... light, breezy and it was as if you were reading this to me! There were many highlights and lowlights with Clare but was appalled at the behaviour of the Hillarys Yacht Broker that you had to take to the tribunal. He ended up verbally threatening you after you were awarded damages…not one of Trumps relations was he?

Congratulations on a great read and looking forward to seeing this on Netflix soon!! 


From John and Julie (Clare's crew)

Jules and I enjoyed the book and it brought back many memories of our time on board! Do you remember, Nige, when we were having sundowners on the poop deck late in the arvo, when Julie asked why the dinghy with the man and his daughter in it was going backwards with him rowing the dinghy? You and I went to rescue them in your dinghy and towed them back to their yacht.

Their outboard had stopped with water in the fuel if we had not gone to the rescue they would have gone out of the lagoon on the ebb tide never to be seen again!     Cheers,


Clare is available in print and ebook formats from the following online bookstores, to name only a few



Barnes and Noble

Herringbone Books



Tide Pool Bookshop

1st May 2022