Rod Heikell's very informal site on sailing around bits of the world and an eclectic collection of things nautical or nearly so.


Rod Heikell


Brief biog.

Rod Heikell was born in New Zealand in 1949 and sailed hesitantly around bits of it’s coast in a variety of yachts. He tried racing in the Hauraki Gulf but was really not much good at it. In England he abandoned academic life and for no good reason other than curiosity, he bought Roulette, a 1950’s plywood JOG yacht nearly 20ft long, and sailed it down to the Mediterranean. He worked on charter here and delivered yachts until, in ignorance of the scale of the task, he set off to write a yachtsman’s guide to Greece. This was followed by guides for other countries in the Mediterranean. He has sailed back and forth between England and the Mediterranean including a trip down the Danube and on to Turkey in Rosinante, an 18ft Mirror Offshore. In 1996 he took his fourth yacht, his beloved Tetra, to SE Asia and back for the research for Indian Ocean Cruising Guide. Apart from sailing the ‘wrong’ way and back again the ‘right’ way across the Indian Ocean in Tetranora, his beloved 31ft Cheverton New Campaigner, he has done two transatlantics in seven tenths and two transatlantics on Skylax, his present yacht. He has also cruised extensively in other parts of the world on other yachts. Skylax is now back in the Mediterranean after her circumnavigation being readied for new adventures. He always returns to the Mediterranean, his favourite cruising grounds, where with his wife Lu he updates his guides on the area.


I don't sell any of these books off this web-site but you can check on Amazon or any of the other book sites for these titles.

Greek Waters Pilot (now in 10th edition)

Italian Waters Pilot (now in 7th edition)

Turkish Waters & Cyprus Pilot (now in 7th edition)

Mediterranean France and Corsica (now in 4th edition)

Mediterranean Cruising Handbook (now in 5th edition)

Mediterranean Sailing

Imray Mediterranean Almanac (editor with Lucinda Michell) (Biennial publication)

The Danube – A River Guide

Sailing in Paradise - Yacht Charter Around the World

Yacht Charter Handbook

The Turquoise Coast of Turkey

Ionian (now in 6th edition)

West Aegean (now in 2nd edition)

East Aegean

Indian Ocean Cruising Guide (now in 2nd edition)

RYA Book of Mediterranean Cruising (now in 2nd edition as Adlard Coles Book …)

Mediterranean Islands (contributor)

Dorling Kindersley Eyewitness Companion to Sailing (contributor)

Ocean Passages & Landfalls (with Andy O’Grady) (now in 2nd edition)


Some of these books have been translated into French, German, Italian, Spanish and Turkish.

Also edits the Imray-Tetra chart series for the eastern Mediterranean.

Articles have appeared in Yachting World, Yachting Monthly, Practical Boat Owner, Sailing Today, Yacht, Sail, and other magazines.




1.   Roulette  1975 to 1978  20ft hard chine ply JOG. Southampton to Mediterranean.

2.   Fiddlers Green. 1978 to 1981. 27ft Cobra 850. Portsmouth to Mediterranean.


3.   Tetranora   1981 to 1996   31ft Cheverton New Campaigner. Mediterranean and Indian Ocean


4.   Rozinante   19ft Mirror Offshore. 1986 to 1987  UK to Turkey on the Danube, Black Sea and Aegean.


5.   Seven Tenths   36ft Cheoy Lee Pedrick. 1996 to 2004   USA, Caribbean and Mediterranean


6.   Skylax   46ft Warwick Cardinal. 2004 -      USA, Caribbean, Mediterranean, Pacific, SE Asia and Indian Ocean. Currently back in the Mediterranean.


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