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
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.
Entertaining tale, well written and narrated.
Launching of his new boat.
Well worth reading for any boat owner or cruising sailor.
Yes, I would definitely try another Stuart Woods book.
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.
I enjoyed Steve Collins narration very well. He is smooth and flows along just like the current.
No, not really as this goes back to about ~1974.
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.
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.
A more modern version of Slocum's Sailing alone around the world and Sir Francis Chichester's tale of his own circumnavigation.
The author couldn't hide his emotions about certain elements, I felt I was learning with him.
When he first meet Ron Holland, I could picture the scene perfectly.
They say leave them wanting more, well I do!
One of the very best. Both the narrator, Steven Collins, and the author, Stuart Woods, provide huge entertainment and information value.
The account by one of the best single handed sailors, who nearly fell off his boat, and after getting back on deck, sat and broke down in tears at the realization of his near demise.
The early evolution of the author's sailing skills, especially racing children!
Smile, especially in the first fourth of the book.
I highly recommend this production.
He started as a rookie and went solo across the Atlantic. An amazing story.
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