I met Olly when we were both on the ChartCo Stand at the 2017 Southampton Boat Show, signing copies of our books. I love weather, especially simplifying it so that my students can understand it more readily. I am also a great fan of the Alan Watts’ Instant Weather Forecasting. And let’s face it if that book was good enough for Bernard Moitessier to refer to when he was unsure of the weather during the 1968 single-handed Golden Globe race then it’s good enough for me. So I was intrigued at what Olly was offering. I bought a copy of his original book and found that it was absolutely brilliant; a must for anyone who does anything outside and for whom the weather might be important. It’s for sailors of course but gardeners, walkers, golfers – everyone really, wherever they are in the world, will get something from this book.
And so while I thought that it was admirable to have a self-published book, as it was at the time, I thought it would be better to have a big publishing name behind it. I contacted my publisher, Janet Murphy at Bloomsbury, and here is the result. With Reading the Clouds, Olly has expanded the original content and added more photos, diagrams, tables and explanations, as well as more tips and hints on identifying and interpreting cloud formations.
Thanks to Olly you will be able to look at the sky mid-morning and tell with certainty what the wind will be doing and whether or not it will rain during the afternoon. That’s worth knowing.
Duncan Wells is principal of Westview Sailing, author of Stress-Free Sailing and Stress-Free Motorboating and creator of MOB Lifesavers. http://westviewsailing.co.uk/