Do you have a dream you must pursue, but everyone says it's unrealistic? Or that you're not qualified? Too old, too out of shape? Or you don't have the "right experience?"
Glenn Damato was a 41-year-old software instructor who sought to exceed the bounds of his comfortable but humdrum existence. He embarked on an adventure for which he was miserably unprepared. Why did he do this? How did he answer the ancient human question: how do we jump-start growth in our lives? We become something we were not.
The "something" Damato strived to become was neither easy nor simple: an ocean sailing skipper. Overweight and without boating experience of any kind, he decided to pursue his lifelong dream of sailing around the world on his own vessel.
Reckless? Dangerous? Idiotic? Call it what you will, Damato was determined to make the voyage a reality despite the obstacles.
©2012 Glenn Michael Damato (P)2013 Glenn Michael Damato
The author is disappointed with his life and I am disappointed with his story about it. It started off great. I don't need happy endings, but this author just has so much self hate going on and is just as harsh on the people around him. Not surprising that he eventually found himself all alone on his boat and then back in a cubicle.
he self depreciating humor is great at the beginning, but never goes anywhere, or evolves into a deeper insight about himself, like you get with a Louis C K kind of thing.
Women are likely to dislike this book. His attitudes towards that gender are not inspiring.
Felix Del Barrio
This is a strange one. It's a great book, well written, engaging, informative ect. But if you're expecting an 'epic journey', then expect it to only last from San Francisco to Cabo.
Strangely I really wish the writer actually achieved what the premise of the book implies, but it's nonfiction, so fair enough.
Loved the audiobook so much that I listened to the entire thing in one sitting (in a back office at work with the volume turned down low - don't tell anyone). It is good on several levels, the story is well told in a manner that makes the mundane interesting, it has a man meets middle age and fights it subplot, its a great sea story, parts of it are really funny and parts of it make you cringe in sympathy with some of the situations the author gets himself into. If you like boats, you'll like the book. If you've ever owned a boat you'll love the book.
OK, I have to admit a couple things. First off, I am old, overweight, A bit of a nerd, I love to fly and I want to go sailing. I think these similarities were what drew me to this book. Unfortunately, when a person puts up with the kind of crap that he put up with from his crew, all I can say is you get what you deserve. There were many times I had to exclaim in disbelief at what the author was saying and doing. For example, his complete hatred, his words, for any type of seafood. If you are going to be living on a sailboat for any amount of time you better like seafood. There were so many things about this book that just screamed failure! Anyway, I am hopeful that when i go sailing, I don't end up as pathetic or as much of a disaster as he did.
There is something really unlikable about the author and one of his main companions. I found myself cringing at them through most of the story. He is shallow and mean, yet hates when others treat him in a similar manner. The author skips one of the most climatic moments of the story completely and leaves you wondering what happened. My guess is he does this to avoid making himself even more unlikable. There is some value in this story as a guide of what not to do when buying a boat or interacting with women. There is really no adventure here, and there are much better sailing stories than this one.
I just don't know how to feel about Glenn after having read his book, but I'm really glad he wrote it. At times, I'm pretty sure that if I bumped into him at yacht club, I really would not like Glenn. And while he blames it entirely on his little fingers and short, heavy build, I think it's his personality that would rub me the wrong way. But I still really enjoyed the book. I felt bad for him much of the time and I don't know why he put up with such a petulant crew for so long (Really Glenn, was Joyce as bad as you portrayed her? Because she's painted the most selfish person ever!)
Anyways, if you only want to read one book about sailing, don't read this one. But if you enjoy sailing tales, this makes a great addition. It's as much about human chemistry as sailing, and that makes it very worthwhile.
Being a sailor I enjoyed the saga, the adventure as well as the hardship. Glen is a wired in person, he soon finds out life on the open sea is not free Wi-Fi and comforts, it can be tough. And we humans are social, being solo sailor is a rare breed.
He was honest enough to realize the dream was not all he had hoped it would be, and that his life was really on shore. Should he sail again ... yes, but a few long weekends are as crew for others.
As much as we all think we would do this...it is not easy. I enjoy sailing, but I know me and two weeks at sea would not work...too confined and I'd get bored in good weather.
As much as I hate to say it, Joyce was a force that he needed....her experience helped him be successful. And believe me, sailing through a storm is hard work, you are cold, everything is wet and you can't eat...you endure it. He was not aware but she gave him strength and made him think, that is why he actually made it back alive.
Loved this book and the way the guy writes. Would read anything else he writes.
You don't change non fiction.
The main character, the author. Self deprecating as well as egocentric. Forgiving of others, as well as totally unsympathetic.. He is a dichotomy.
As someone who has bought two old boats and successfully sailed both, I made many of the same mistakes, and had some of the same misconceptions...I found myself laughing or talking out loud during the story. Or anticipating exactly what was about to happen and shouting out when it did.
This man clearly watches too much porn, and has never lived with a woman...His idea that a woman can direct the stream of her urine, especially underway in any condition but glassy light downwind conditions, is a direct result of him either seeing shows in Thailand where I hear women project objects with great accuracy out of their anatomy, or porn sites suggesting women "squirting" with legs and thighs splayed out to accomplish this.
So his chem toilet, though nice in theory, was, I feel the main reason for the tension and animosity between him and his crew and was a clear red flag to his female crew that he had not the slightest clue about female evacuation.
My wife and I both started listening to Glenn Damato's sailing tales and we didn't want to stop. Is it cruel to enjoy listening to other people's calamities? Maybe it is, so I apologize to Glenn. But I will tell you that anyone who has ever entered through the front doors of any West Marine supply store will thoroughly enjoy reading Breaking Seas! That's what boats are all about: they break and require money to repair. We had a fun day listening to this very well written story!
I had to listen twice... it was hilarious, entertaining, and informative. This audio was read with the perfect voice to tell the story.
There are so many memorable moments one after another,
maybe the big naked baby scene could be my favorite memorable scene
I highly recommend that you listen to this book. I felt like I lived it, I believe I could easily be found in the same situations given the opportunity, financially that is, to buy a boat. I have dreamed of sailing since I was 10 and wanted that plastic sail boat at Gibson's dept. store. I never got that boat but I never forgot it either. I lived in west Texas growing up and longed to see the ocean and experience the freedom of the wind and the sea. I laughed my butt off while driving and listening to this book (both times). This brought me down to reality, and I felt like I gained the experience of this adventure without actually doing it. I live relatively close to Galveston bay and am currently signed up for ASA BKB 101, I can't wait to started. Thank you Glenn for sharing your experience!
"Just what I needed"
I can relate to this guy, not his physical situation but more his desire to achieve something a bit different. It is well written, enjoyable and my only disappointment is that is wasn't longer and ended where it did.
"Great book, honest and endearing character"
yes Detailed sailing story and shows journey and how he gives up all to chase his dream to sail the world. Doesnt quite make it however!
humilty and characters
main characters journey of self realisation
good honest tale
"The Truth about sailing!"
Just amazing! The first audio book I have listened to straight!!
Honest, funny and for anyone who likes, lives or dreams about sailing the open ocean!
"Not one I will recommend."
Sailing yarns have a habit of being a tad,"poor me". In the story I grew tired of the poor me attitude and hoped it would be replace by something else,it wasn't. I wont give any spoilers but its safe to say the story goes absolutely nowhere.
The narrator was spot on.
"high seas adventure escapism that's true!"
A lit of blokes dream about sailing around the world, before going back to mowing the lawn, but this guy buys a big boat and quits his job without ever having set foot on a sailing boat, and then he actually does go round the world. Inspiring and very funny.
The descriptions of his near death experiences hold you breathless. The small things that always go wrong (this guy practically defines "sods law", are reminiscent of our own struggles with the minutiae over life. That makes it believable and very funny!
No. I like his delivery though. He reads it as if he's telling you the story of his adventures, not reading out someone else's words. His characterisations of the many different people that Glenn encounters are subtle and well defined.
The "drive by rejection" by a potential lover, that is the catalyst for the whole crazy enterprise is so painful, and every man who has ever been rejected will wince at the description. However you have to give thanks to the woman without whom we wouldn't have had this tale, and Glenn Damato wouldn't have had his amazing life.
Anyone who loves a good adventure yarn, wrapped up in a warm room while reading about cold black seas beating against the Hull of a lonely boat in far distant reaches, read this. Anyone who lives stories of people "giving it all up" on a whim and a dream, read this. Anyone who has been unlucky in love or in their career or in life and want an inspirational tale, read this. Anyone who wants a good laugh, read this. Anyone who wants practical advice on how to set up a boat so it is sea worthy could do worse than read this as Mr damarto gives some great advice and tips along the way.
Basically, read this, I did and I loved it!
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