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Atlantic Affair consists of three parts. Part One is a description of one of Ireland's greatest yachtsmen Otway Waller's single-handed voyage made in 1930 following the route of his friend and gun-runner Conor O'Brien's circumnavigation, in which he demonstrated the value of the self-steering system he invented, the first to enable a yacht to run unattended before the wind. It introduces the reader to a brave man, whose journey would fulfill many landlubber dreams today. It also explains the final and shocking cause of the break-up of Otway's marriage. At the end of Part One, Otway, who is seriously ill with a divorce pending, decides to return to Ireland to face his English wife Muriel and his son Peter. This is dealt with in Part Three. To understand these three characters, we need to go back to Otway's and Muriel's courting and Peter's childhood. Who better to tell this story than Peter? He wrote an autobiographical manuscript, the second half of which became Irish Flames - Peter Waller's true story of the arrival of the Black and Tans. Part Two of Atlantic Affair incorporates even more of Peter's manuscript. The final third of the book follows directly on from Part One. In 1930 Otway is in the Canary Islands suffering from Canary Fever. He decides to postpone his voyage on the Imogen and return to Ireland. On the boat home he falls in love with another Englishwoman, who becomes his second wife. His departure from Ireland is traumatic: his family and community split, his house is torched and, in trying to bring a solution to potato blight into Ireland, he is forced out of Ireland by a UK monopoly supplier. His new life in England is a mixture of happiness raising a new family and stress as he moves towards bankruptcy.The RTE Seascapes programme said: 'Otway Waller was one of the three greatest Irish yachtsmen'.'Capt. Waller is a fearless fellow.' The Irish Times 1930 'An invention which is of vital interest to sea-going yachtsmen.' The Tatler, 1931