A Scotsman’s Odyssey


Ian Macpherson was the Ocean Youth Trust Scottish Area Governor from 1997-2000. Now aged 83, he published his sailing memoirs, A Scotsman’s Odyssey on 18th June 2020. The book is now on sale at booksellers and on Amazon. 


His publishers The Conrad Press have this to say about his memoirs:


A Scotsman’s Odyssey is a riveting account of four decades of sea adventures and exploration, written so vividly you can feel the salt spray in your face.


Ian’s maritime chronicle has something for everyone. His love of sailing has taken him to out-of-the-way places ranging from the sub-arctic Faroes Islands to the remote Barrier Reef islands in tropical Australia. A Scotsman’s Odyssey is a book as much about voyaging in the imagination as on the waves. It inspires cruising yachtsmen and yachtswomen to sail beyond their native shores, young readers to seize opportunities to sail on Ocean Youth Trust voyages, armchair sailors to journey to northern Europe and ancient Venetian ports in Greece and Croatia. Nature lovers will enjoy Ian’s encounters with basking sharks, dolphins, killer and humpbacked whales, and even salt-water crocodiles.


Ian Macpherson was educated at Perth Academy and the University of St. Andrews. He was a headmaster for twenty-two years at Barrhead and Eastwood High Schools. An active Rotarian, he led a Rotary group study exchange to Namibia and South Africa, and is a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International. As the Scottish Area Governor of the Ocean Youth Trust he had responsibility for the building and commissioning of their new ketch Alba Venturer. A keen chorister, he sang with the Scottish Festival Chorus and the Scottish Philharmonic Singers. He is married with two sons.

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