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Jeffdyas
Jeffery Dyas
Jeffdyas
Blurbarian Since February 2010
Name Jeffery Dyas
Location Dunedin, New Zealand
Gender Male
My Occupation Retired Aerospace Engineer
My Bio Jeffery J. Dyas was born in England and raised in South Africa. He entering the University of the Witwatersrand in 1957, and later obtained an MSc degree in electronic engineering. In 1968 he immigrated to the USA and worked in the California Aerospace Industry as a Satellite Systems Engineer for 26 years.
He is also a small boat sailor who crossed the Pacific Ocean three times on-board his own 32 foot yacht. In the tropical regions he lived for spells in Hawaii, Fiji and several other island groups.
Towards the end of his working life he spent 8 years in Australia, also employed as a satellite engineer. At present he is retired and living in New Zealand with his family, where he is a house-father who writes for a hobby.

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To date I have written 4 books; 3 are Blurb Publications. "Every Turn of the Wheel" was my first effort, being an autobiographical novel based on early years in Post WWII England and South Africa. In documenting sailing adventures I have also published "Beyond Catalina" (Blurb), "Voyage to the Edge" (Pipers' Ash) and 5 magazine articles. "Space-Age Cowboys" (Blurb) is based on reminiscences from early years in the California Space Industry and was undertaken as a retirement project.
This book is addictive. Read it. (At your own risk.)
Beyond Catalina is a must read for anyone planning to venture out to sea on a small boat. It will also be of interest for those who have already crossed oceans. Amongst the fraternity of blue-water sailors experiences will always be different. For the uninitiated, some of the book’s chilling descriptions of ocean storms and wild destructive seas might make their hair stand on end. But take some consolation in the fact that the Author – by his own admission – was less lucky than most.

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