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Nick Ardley  

IYC Member & Author

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Nick Ardley Author & East Coast Sailor



Nick sails from the Island Yacht Club, Canvey Island, on a Finesse 24 clinker sloop. When cruising, a little lug sail dinghy skips along behind. He explores muddy creeks and watery marshland fingers finding forgotten wharves; he wanders the riverside towns, soaking in their atmosphere and history. It is all brought vividly to life in his yarns based around a skipper and mate...


His first book was about his childhood afloat being brought up on a spritsail barge, the May Flower, and his subsequent books follow on. They tell the tales of a boy who hasn’t yet grown up! Salt flows through his veins, mud oozes from his pores: his heart lies in the marshes of the Thames estuary.



The May Flower A Barging Childhood, ISBN 978 0 7524 4225 9, is published by The History Press and was been republished in April 2010.

Salt Marsh & Mud A Year’s Sailing on the Thames Estuary, ISBN 976 1 84868 491 1, was published by Amberley Publishing in Aug 2009.

Mudlarking Thames Estuary Cruising Yarns, ISBN 978 1 84868 492 8, was published by Amberley Publishing in April 2010.

The Jottings Of A Thames Estuary Ditch-Crawler, ISBN 978 1 4456  0100 7, was published by Amberley Publishing in October 2011.

All are available from book stores and the web book sites, or from Nick himself.


A further book is currently being worked on...        email: Nick Ardley       Amazon







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