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Far Out: Sailing Into a Disappearing World [Kindle Edition]

Corinna Weyreter
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Tired of their careers in the oil industry, Corinna Weyreter and Gjalt van der Zee sailed away from the rat race in search of freedom and adventure in the fabled South Pacific. Taking only what could justify its space on their 41-foot yacht, they abandoned materialism to discover how little a person really needs in order to be content. Trading with fishermen in Belize, learning desert island survival from the lone inhabitant of a Polynesian atoll, swimming with humpback whales beside the coral island of Niue, attending the wedding of a Chief’s son in Vanuatu ... they entered an enchanting new world. But Earth is under threat from humanity. During a period when the human population doubled, animal species plummeted by more than a quarter. 41% of all oceans have been strongly affected by Man’s activities, 19% of our coral reefs have died, and 29% of fisheries have collapsed. The young couple found a beautiful world beyond the urban sprawl and rampant consumerism of mankind, but its future is fragile. In Far Out, Corinna takes us into that disappearing world and shows us its fragility with sensitive first-hand knowledge.

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"Corinna Weyreter's story in Far Out: Sailing into a Disappearing World has echoes of many great cruising tales from those who travelled the oceans under sail before her. .... Along the way we share the raw highs and lows of ocean voyaging and the live-aboard lifestyle, as well as the couple's joy at discovering experiences that could never have been theirs in the 'real' world." - Steve Sleight, author of The Complete Sailing Manual

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 673 KB
  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Sunpenny; New edition edition (28 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #37,454 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Corinna Weyreter from Surrey, England, won the 1998 Bridport Prize and has had several short stories published. She worked as a petrophysicist in the oil industry for fifteen years before resigning to sail around the world with her boyfriend on their Westerly Oceanlord, Stella Maris. Far Out: Sailing into a Disappearing World is her book about the first stage of their voyage that took them through the Western Caribbean and across the Pacific, from Texas to Australia.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes me wanna buy a yacht....! 31 July 2012
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If you like reading about boats (I do) and wonderful, intrepid, adventures at sea (I do) -then this book may be a good read for you also.
It tells of a young couple who set off in search of a different world - one which can only really be seen from the ocean - and the effect it has on them as people, when they eventually find it and let it all in.
Whilst her narrative frequently brings to the fore the damage we are all doing to our planet, this never comes across as "in your face" - but the book does show the reader just what exactly is out there (or perhaps, more to the point, not out there)
A true tale of friendships made, new cultures encountered, self sufficiency and Make-do-and Mend. Sometimes witty, sometimes touching, always interesting.
Don't miss it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable and educational book 4 Dec. 2014
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I enjoyed this book very much. Being one of those wimps who get very sick with any kind of rolling movement, I have to travel the seas vicariously and with Corinna Weyreter's detailed account of her and her husband's trip from Florida to Australia, you can really travel with them.

I loved the descriptions of the bird and sea life (imagine swimming with dolphins and whales!), and I also enjoyed the anecdotes of their very real and normal relationship. I could certainly imagine Corinna's near breakdown after 18 days at sea in a tiny yacht without sight of land or other people. In fact, I found I could read the book on two levels: the personal and the travelogue. During the journey, husband Gjalt gradually transforms from avid fisherman to nearly vegetarian as he begins to regret catching and killing the fish they often eat as part of their travelling diet, and I felt that this somehow summed up the change in them both from corporate high flyers to free spirits content with very little and eager to preserve the beauty of the natural world around them. This was the layer to the book that I appreciated most and I found that quite moving. The other was the factual information about the journey, the places they visited and the damage to the environment, all of which were really interesting as I am unlikely ever to travel to these magical places myself.

The only reason that for me (and I mean just me) that it has four and not five stars is because I am not a sailor and quite often I didn't understand what the author meant when talking about sailing matters. I would personally have liked it more if the terminology hadn't been used, or if it had been explained a bit so I knew what they were doing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but not riviting 10 Feb. 2015
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I've read about two thirds of the book so far, having reached the mid Pacific. There is a lot of repetition about diving experiences on coral reefs and rather dull anecdotes about life on Pacific Islands. As is so often the case with such books, this one is light on the technical details of the yacht, the preparations and the equipment. Sketch maps for each chapter would have been helpful to show the places visited and to make the passage planning more meaningful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for the next adventure 23 April 2014
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Well written (except for the rather annoying Americanism which crept in several times in the form of 'fit' instead of fitted, - I thought Corinna was educated in England!) Apart from my slight criticism there, it is an extremely interesting book, written with great warmth.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 3 April 2014
By Normski
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Interesting travelogue and great for armchair sailors. Good writing style and easy to read. Would enjoy another book from this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 24 Jan. 2014
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A very exciting sailing adventure, extremely, honest and well written in an easy read detail that is hard to put down.
Looking forward to their next sailing adventure.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 4 Oct. 2013
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I liked this book cause it was written from a woman's point of view. As a woman on a yacht most stories are written from a mans point of view so this was very refreshing. I felt as if I was on the boat travelling to all the places she described and the facts about the environment where very interesting too. Interesting read!
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By PeteyW
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I will start by saying that I am not normally a fan of 'travelogue' style books, as they all too often come across as either too dry and boringly factual, or self-indulgent and condescending. I am delighted to report that 'Far Out: Sailing Into a Disappearing World' is guilty of neither such conceit. On the contrary, it is a beautifully written and enthralling read in which the author strikes the perfect balance between detailing her own exploits and adventures, and painting a colourful and informative portrait of the fascinating locales she and her partner visited.

I know it is a cliché to say that a book can 'transport you to exotic locations', but after reading this book I can better understand what that phrase means, thanks in the main to the mental images evoked by the author's accessible but descriptive writing style.

In short, whether you like travelogues or not, I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Five stars, no question!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A sailing tale
A good winter read. Will need to read the next book now.would have benefited from some maps diagrams and pictures.
Published 1 month ago by Michael Angell
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Addictive read!
I've read a lot of these types of sailing books as we plan our own adventures. This is probably the best! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Malc
2.0 out of 5 stars Pacific Travel log
If you are looking for a yarn re a voyage across the Pacific this is not for you,more a travel log.
Published 3 months ago by Robert Thomson
4.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant adventure
An amazing tale of adventure exploring the seas sailing from America to Australia. Two brave souls give up the rat race to explore beautiful coral reefs and islands with friendly... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Steve Clark
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Lacks punch
Published 4 months ago by Mr. P. G. Dann
5.0 out of 5 stars David
Just enjoyed a very well written book without the need for bad language as an excuse to make it sound more interesting.Thank you Corinna it was a real pleasure . Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Sailing into a disappearing world.
An enjoyable and interesting read high lighting the plight of our planet and what a short time we have left to slow down the determination of our planet.
Published 6 months ago by paul
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
An honest and sobering account.
Published 6 months ago by Andrew Chudley
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very readable and if going to the south seas probably very helpful.
Published 7 months ago by M. Conway
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great imagery, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Published 7 months ago by yachty1949
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