caterpillar-seas-robert-fridjhonCaterpillar Seas, written by SACS Old Boy, Robert Fridjhon, is currently for sale. Robert has kindly contributed 50% of sales of his book to benefit the Trust.


A compelling account of adventure and endurance. I read it in one sitting. – Mike Nicol

In 1973, a young South African named Robert Fridjhon stole a yacht in Hawaii and set out to cross the Pacific solo during hurricane season. He had become involved with Russian gangsters in Los Angeles and witnessed a crime, putting his life in danger and forcing him to flee.

In Caterpillar Seas, Fridjhon tells his dramatic story for the first time. He describes the perils that he faced at sea: caught in violent storms, trapped in the doldrums with dwindling supplies, losing his mainmast and running aground on a reef, as well as contracting scurvy and fever. He recalls the months of solitude and despair, and describes his encounters with remote Pacific islanders and his return to civilisation in Fiji, where the consequences of his crime would catch up with him.

Compelling, entertaining and written with the insight of an experienced sailor, Caterpillar Seas is an astonishing tale of adventure, endurance and courage.

Rob Fridjhon grew up in South Africa and studied at the University of Cape Town before deciding on a life at sea. For the next thirty years he sailed to almost every corner of the globe, working on yachts, ships and fishing vessels. He returned to South Africa in 2003 and now lives in Cape Town with his wife Hanrie, stepson Josh and adopted daughter Sebenzile. He doesn’t miss sailing at all.

ISBN: 978-1-77022-184-0 | RRP: R200.00 | CLASSIFICATION: Memoir, Sailing

For an interview with Rob, cover images and/or author photographs, contact Kim Taylor at / 011 484-3538.

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* Available in e-book format | ISBN: 978-1-77022-185-7


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