Michael Cosgrove had a beautiful family, a successful career, and a lovely Southern California home overlooking the Pacific Ocean. At the age sixty, he decided to leave that all behind to sail around the world. In spite of his romanticized vision of rugged individualism and salty tales to share with his grandchildren, Cosgrove quickly realizes that sailing around the world isn’t going to be as easy as he’d imagined. From a psychotic crewmate, sleep deprivation, and mental breakdowns, to stormy weather and hallucinations, Cosgrove rides the waves, holding on as best he can to his dream of “doing something grand.” Alone, and thousands of miles away from everyone and everything he loves, he is forced to ask himself one question: What in God’s name am I doing here?
In his attempt to avoid the inevitable (growing old, weak, frail), Cosgrove runs amok. He breaks his budget to outfit the boat and then refuses to read the manuals. He enters unfamiliar harbors in the dead of night, hires a violent first mate, and sails headlong into ferocious storms. In the midst of his adventures, he longs for the simpler days when his four daughters were still children, when his first marriage was still intact, and when his future still seemed bright and expansive. Though driven by scenes of sheer terror, absurd folly, and deep inner searching, Cosgrove keeps his sense of humor throughout his harrowing journey.
Imperfect Passage is the story of one man’s perseverance against Father Time and Mother Nature, proving that with enough will, one can, in his or her own way, conquer the unconquerable.
©2012 Michael Cosgrove (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
Criminals. This kind of sailor gives Americans a bad name.
It started off so well but ended up being a story about a criminal. The bottom line is that you plowed into another boat and fled like a thief in the night.
The narrator did a nice job.
Anger in that I paid money for this book and some of it would go to the author. Disappointment in how the story ended. Certainly, the author could have been more ethical despite what the other person was trying to do.
This person gives American cruisers a bad name.
This book is about a man who has a crisis and decides to sail. I did not like how this was just a thing to accomplish for him. He often would say things like conquering the storm or achieving the tough passage. I definitely would not want to be this guy’s friend. He is arrogant and always right. He even talks about hitting a right of way boat and then says that the other boat set him up. That is a convenient excuse for being negligent and then running away from his responsibility.
He does have an interesting story to tell. His descriptions of the sailing experience and some of the tough parts were well written. He has some epiphanies that are worth hearing about.
His story was inconsistent at times and barely believable. Read this book with caution. This is not about someone who loves and appreciates the sea. He is not very knowledgeable about sailing. It is a sixty year old man who decides to sail away and considers any accomplishment as conquering something. The book focuses more on his thoughts than the sailing I was hoping to read about.
I can empathize with Cosgrove as a coastal sailor in Hawaii. Enjoyed the accurate descriptions of the places he visited. I don't think you could dream up the adventure he had - and the "End Game". A very good good read for yachties.
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