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Sea Legs: One Family's Year on the Ocean [Kindle Edition]

Guy Grieve
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Three years after his return from the Alaskan wilderness, Guy Grieve was living on the Isle of Mull in Scotland with his wife Juliet and their two young sons. Sick of the weather, perennial colds and their increasingly routine lifestyle, they’d all been getting restless. Finally, Guy and Juliet broke in spectacular style – they re-mortgaged their house and bought a yacht. Her name was Forever.

The plan? To pick up Forever from her mooring in the Leeward Antilles off the coast of Venezuela, and sail around the West Indies before crossing the Atlantic back to Scotland. This was despite the fact that Guy, skipper of the expedition, had almost no sailing experience.

Travelling around the lush tropical islands of the Caribbean and up the waterways of America, the family had countless sublime moments as they discovered the freedoms of sailing – anchoring in deserted bays, night passages under star-studded skies, and entering New York by water, greeted by the Statue of Liberty. But there were also testing times as they grappled with seasickness and bad weather, coping with young children at sea and learning to run a large, complex boat. Far from being the idyllic escape they’d envisaged, the journey forced Guy and Juliet to draw on reserves of courage and endurance they never knew they had.

Wry, funny and buccaneering, this is a compelling tale of bravery and endeavour, out on the open sea.

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A great read for anyone daring to throw caution to the wind (Coast)

The brilliant Sea Legs tells the tale of their incredible adventure . His honesty is what makes Sea Legs so compelling . Gloriously warm and funny this is a book of perseverance, endeavour and, at its heart, love. With a touch of My Family And Other Animals to it, you might find yourself planning your own adventures as you turn the pages. (Hannah Britt Daily Express 2014-06-18)

Book Description

A family's thrilling voyage around the Caribbean and across the Atlantic Ocean

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4493 KB
  • Print Length: 433 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing; 1 edition (4 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CAHQF28
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #141,109 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 2 Sept. 2013
By A. Moss
I picked up this book at the start of a train journey. I had read Guy Grieves Call of the Wild which for me was the perfect adventure book about wilderness, wildlife and survival in a country which I have always had a longing to visit. This latest book wasn't immediately attractive to me. A family sailing around the Caribbean, a region I have no interest in with its picture postcard palm tree fringed islands, large marinas and millionaire boats. I was in for a very different read than expected.
This is about buying an unseen, untested old sailing boat from a yard in Venezuela and sailing it home to the west coast of Scotland!! with your most precious cargo aboard - your family. From the first few pages in you feel you are also along for the ride. It isn't just about sailing and boats, its about weather and tides, people and cultures, landscape and wildlife, but mostly about the many perils on both sea and land that could turn this ambitious adventure into a nightmare.
The author is not the macho, this is how to do things, survivalist type, so he is easy to relate to. You really live the highs and lows from the violence of man and nature and in contrast the warm friendly welcomes and the discovery of enchanted places, but at all times you feel the vast distances and the vulnerability of this family. A great read, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a great read, buy it! Helen Kay. 10 Sept. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is an amazing tale and I was so engrossed I could not put it down! Guy writes really well and you live through this journey with him and his family through hardship and joy as they sail for weeks in the most testing circumstances. It has a positive view on life though, despite setbacks from all quarters and the observations on the people they meet is truly up-lifting. There are many wonderful phrases throughout the book but my favourite has to be one written on an idyllic day just before an awful storm on the last leg across the Atlantic - 'united by our shared and soaring love of the sea'. I have never sailed but it do not matter, this is a book for everyone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A really good read 20 Dec. 2014
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Puts you in a bit of a moral dilemma this one as does Guy's previous book "The Call of the Wild". Now if you're a bloke and you've got a pair you naturally want to go out and do daring deeds and escape the mundane "prison" of modern life. Great stuff BUT Guy does have a young family and some may struggle to reconcile the risks that he exposes both himself and his family to in his/their exploits in both books. If you believe that life is for the living then you'll have no problem. Dick Proenneke's "One Man's Wilderness" might be a good contrasting read, who achieved far more over a much greater period of time with much less help.
Having said all this Guy is undoubtedly a very brave, industrious, hard working and above all honest bloke who tells it warts and all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational read! 4 Mar. 2015
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Thank you Family Grieve' s for having this adventure and then putting it on paper for us all to feel part of. What a wonderful experience for two little boys to see parts of the World others can only imagine. The writing really brought to life the highs and lows of the entire journey, making you feel like you were on the boat with them, willing them on in the rough seas, and learning all the time about sailing. Loved learning about all the Islands that they visited and only sad that "Forever" is not part of the family anymore. Loved the photos at the end and felt like the writing had already created those pictures in my mind. Hope Guy writes another book !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 29 Mar. 2014
By Alan
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Huge fan of Guy Grieve's writing and this was a cracking follow up to Call of Wild, my only hope is he writes about his next adventure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping read 30 Aug. 2014
By J. Cree
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This was a fantastic tale of a family's desire to strike out from the ordinary and accomplish a great dream. Truly inspirational for us part time 'yachties' who yearn to take that step into full blown adventure.
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