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Blue Water, Green Skipper: A Memoir of Sailing Alone Across the Atlantic | [Stuart Woods]

Blue Water, Green Skipper: A Memoir of Sailing Alone Across the Atlantic

Stuart Woods had never owned more than a dinghy before setting out on one of the world's most demanding sea voyages, navigating single-handedly across the Atlantic. How, at the age of 37, did this self-proclaimed novice go from small ponds to the big sea? Now with a new afterword that looks back at how one transatlantic race changed his life, Woods takes listeners on a spectacular journey not just of traveling across the world, but of being tried in fire, learning by accepting challenges, appreciating the beauty of the open water, and living to tell about it.
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Publisher's Summary

Stuart Woods had never owned more than a dinghy before setting out on one of the world's most demanding sea voyages, navigating single-handedly across the Atlantic. How, at the age of 37, did this self-proclaimed novice go from small ponds to the big sea?

Now with a new afterword that looks back at how one transatlantic race changed his life, Woods takes listeners on a spectacular journey not just of traveling across the world, but of being tried in fire, learning by accepting challenges, appreciating the beauty of the open water, and living to tell about it.

©2012 Stuart Woods (P)2012 Penguin Audiobooks

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    Steven Calgary, Alberta, Canada 10-10-12
    Steven Calgary, Alberta, Canada 10-10-12 Member Since 2005
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    "If you love the idea of sailing."

    This is a good book for those of us who dream of being out on blue water. It's not a tension filled tale of high risks or a razor close finish to a race or even a long vicarious experience such as Joshua Slocum's excellent story of sailing around the world alone. As you listen, you'll journey with the author through the fun as well as the many lessons involved in progressing from novice dinghy sailing to preparing and engaging in an ocean crossing in a large single handed boat. It was enjoyable for providing yet another view into a watery world that for me has so far existed only in my dreams.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth 09-02-12
    Elizabeth 09-02-12
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    "curiously lacking in excitement"

    wanted to like this "memoir," but it seemed contrived and left me bored. Too much description of boats themselves and too little actual story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Frank Bedford, NH, United States 11-10-12
    Frank Bedford, NH, United States 11-10-12
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    "Not Normal Stuart Woods"
    Would you try another book from Stuart Woods and/or Steven Collins?

    Yes, I would definitely try another Stuart Woods book.


    If you’ve listened to books by Stuart Woods before, how does this one compare?

    This is not the usual Stuart Woods we have really loved to read. It is far more laid back and easy going that any on the detective books (or the other F Flowers books). It is still very well done and flows very well.


    What does Steven Collins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I enjoyed Steve Collins narration very well. He is smooth and flows along just like the current.


    Did Blue Water, Green Skipper inspire you to do anything?

    No, not really as this goes back to about ~1974.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a good listen (but not standard Stuart Woods) but still Good! I don't know if he wrote this early on in his career or not.

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    James 10-08-12
    James 10-08-12
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    "A well written non-fiction piece"
    Would you listen to Blue Water, Green Skipper again? Why?

    Yes, as a non-fiction piece it is independently entertaining and it is both well written and well read. Probably a bit better for those who truly aspire to spending time on the sea but it is a good personal journey with a fine cast of ancillary characters. Neither wallows in nor sugar coats the risks of open ocean sailing and, to his credit, Mr. Woods does not hide his mistakes along the way.


    What other book might you compare Blue Water, Green Skipper to and why?

    A more modern version of Slocum's Sailing alone around the world and Sir Francis Chichester's tale of his own circumnavigation.


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    Russon Astoria, NY, United States 09-20-12
    Russon Astoria, NY, United States 09-20-12
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    "If you dream of sailing... You Will like this book"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The author couldn't hide his emotions about certain elements, I felt I was learning with him.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When he first meet Ron Holland, I could picture the scene perfectly.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Without doubt.


    Any additional comments?

    They say leave them wanting more, well I do!

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    Thomas Portland, OR, USA 09-04-12
    Thomas Portland, OR, USA 09-04-12 Member Since 2004
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    "For new sailors: top rated author shares adventur"
    What did you love best about Blue Water, Green Skipper?

    He started as a rookie and went solo across the Atlantic. An amazing story.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Stuart Woods? Why or why not?

    On non fiction sailing


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