Blindfold to Memmert

To my mind, October 22 is the greatest and most memorable day in ‘The Riddle of the Sands’. It’s the day Carruthers and Davies row a dinghy in thick fog, all way from Norderney to Memmert and back again. It’s atmospheric, full of tension & jeopardy, and describes an extraordinary act of derring-do with theContinue reading “Blindfold to Memmert”

‘Well, are we never going to have supper?’

On the evening of October 22nd, Carruthers and Davies make their way to Dollman’s residence for a dinner party. Carruthers gives no clue as to the food that is taken, but it seems to be a strange combination of formality and informality, with no waiters but several courses, and lots of good booze: No servantsContinue reading “‘Well, are we never going to have supper?’”

‘Direct to the south point of Memmert’

Memmert, the destination for the epic rowing trip undertaken by Carruthers and Davies on October 22nd, is as much sandbar as island. In fact, right up until the 1950s, its full name was ‘Memmertsand’. It’s mainly famous for birds, and the only inhabitant on the island is a bird warden. Since 1986, the island hasContinue reading “‘Direct to the south point of Memmert’”

The 22nd Adventure Club Podcast: Rowing to Memmert & Dinner Afterwards

We’re now at the most important moment of the book, and the section that could be claimed to have secured the reputation of ‘The Riddle of the Sands’ as one of the greatest British adventure novels of all time. It’s the row to the island of Memmert in a thick fog on October 22: aContinue reading “The 22nd Adventure Club Podcast: Rowing to Memmert & Dinner Afterwards”