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The Missing Centimetre: One Family's Atlantic Sailing Adventure [Hardcover]

Leon Schulz
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1 Jan 2010
The Missing Centimetre is the inspiring story of an ordinary family, with ordinary sailing experience and a common dream, who, together, achieve something extraordinary. Written as they sailed, the story is one of transformation, of a family growing together, learning to take big decisions, dangers, challenges and new worlds in their stride. Not only is it the story of their north Atlantic circuit, but it also offers practical advice and tips based on hard-won experience of blue-water family sailing. If you've ever wanted to know how it feels to make the break, set sail for the horizon and keep going, The Missing Centimetre is for you.

Since launch the book has generated very postive feedback from readers and enthusiastic reviews in the yachting press in both Europe and the US.

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Outworn Creed Ltd (1 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956276202
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956276209
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 24.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 524,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My aim in writing The Missing Centimetre was to inspire others - to make anyone who had ever dreamed a similar dream feel at least a little bit more confident about making that dream a reality.

When we first started talking about taking time out and going on an adventure we found very few books or other guides to help us along the way. By being truthful about the worries we had and difficulties we faced, as well as the eventual triumph and transformation we felt, we hope we might help some of you come to believe that it is possible to live a bigger life.

In our case, we snipped one short year out of the measure of our lives to make a voyage by boat, but the big questions we faced, about careers and family and, ultimately, what life is for, should be familiar to everyone - sailors and non-sailors alike.

As well as providing inspiration, I hope I've told a good story that will draw you in and keep you reading. We had a great time, visited some beautiful places and met some wonderful people. I am keen to hear what you think of the book. You can contact me via my publishers.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Live now 12 Aug 2012
We were on our 2nd week of bare boat chartering in Croastia when one of my crews mentioned this book to me.

"No - i had never heard of this book" was my reply. He promptly bought this book for me on Amazon using his smart phone as we were moored in a secluded bay.

I devoured this book - totally. The writing style of the author takes some getting use to. After all, he is not a professional author. And he is no professional sailor either.

This book is NOT:
1. about how to decide whether to take a year off your regular life to go sailing.
2. about how to learn blue water sailing.
3. about how to plan your sailing routes.
4. about how to live with your spouse and children on a small boat.

It is basically a diary of how a working family man guided his family into an adventure of a life time. They shared their tears, fears, joys and rewards through the printed pages. He does not pretend to know-it-all, or have perfected the art of sailing.

I particularly enjoyed the "human-factor" in the book - family members making decision together, new-found friends enjoying the presence.

I am now looking at buying my first boat after reading this book. Be warned.
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This is a great book and I recommend it for anyone, not just sailors. I am a sailor and the book inspired me in several ways. Sure, the concept of taking time out with my family to sail around the world does appeal, but so too does being able to see family, go skiing, go to the zoo etc etc - not that you still cannot do these things but if you are on a world cruise then the cash priority is more likely to be about saving rather than spending.

I think the biggest fear I would have about taking a year or more out to sail my yacht round the world would be the coming back. I just don't think the adjustment is easy at all and I have seen many a family continue onwards almost trapped in never being able to return. My preference would be able to dip in and dip out for 3-6 months here and there. I think that is the ideal.

But - putting sailing to one side, this book is SO much more than about sailing, it is inspirational and Leon really managed to tap into my mind to make me think hard about the choices I make. The book has made me look long and hard about what I want to do in terms of life experiences for my family and myself.

Leon has a lovely way to write and I want to read more. Lean, if you read this review, please... write some more books!

This is a great book - go and buy it now, whether you are a sailor or not; it has lessons for all of us.
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The Missing Centimetre is an excellent book, and it was a huge inspiration to me and my family.
One of the best bluewater books I've ever read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 24 Jan 2012
Got this for christmas and could not put it down, well written and interesting. Thoroughly recommend it for anyone who has either a passing interest in sailing or like adventure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars you only live once 16 Nov 2011
Leon Schulz has written a great book. I read it in almost one sitting, as did my wife: an unprecedented happening in our family. The power of Leon Schulz's book is not only is it an utterly engaging and informative account of a 'normal' Swedish family taking themselves on a year's Atlantic sailing sabbatical, but with great clarity you hear his voice, see what he's doing, and appreciate his thinking. For anyone who has a sneaking suspicion that crossing an ocean in a small boat under sail is a dream too far, Leon Schulz's book will crystallize the dream and help it to reality. The book has great photos, to boot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The truth about family sailing 17 Aug 2011
Leon Shultz book is both an enjoyable read for anyone interested in long distance cruising under sail, and a great tool to those dreaming of taking off for a year or more.
It paints an engaging picture of long-term cruising, with lots of information for everyone interested in the classic Atlantic circuit. Although the good is emphasised over the bad, the overall presentation is realistic, and fits our own experience of cruising 5 months/year for 17 years.
It was fascinating to follow the decision making process that lead to the family making an abrupt right turn, for Maderia (some 500 miles away) instead of going on down the Portuguese coast to Lisbon.
While it makes no pretense of being a textbook on sailing, or a cruising guide, it includes lots of information that will help the reader form his/her own opinions of the information in the textbooks and sailing magazines.
There is fine humor in several spots, such as when an English cruiser picked up a ringing payphone in Les Saintes, and passed it to Leon to deal with an irate Frenchman who thought he was calling someone back in Paris. Leon is a Swede who speaks perfect English and German, but his schoolboy French makes for much more fun than comprehension.
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5.0 out of 5 stars woderfully crafted book 29 April 2011
By helen
Excellently produced book with a very easy to read style.
Fascinating story of this family adventure as well as being full of good advice on sailing matters
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5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read for the entire family 28 Mar 2011
By Bernie
Leon did a great job in putting together a down to earth nuts and bolts sailing chronicle for the entire family to enjoy. Not only did Leon give some interesting sailing tidbits along the way, but it was a great motivator for me to see what it took to get Leon and his family committed to breaking away from the "rat race" - he showed it can be done - no excuses! With the wife reading it now, the dream may become a reality sooner rather than later!

I was hooked from page one and, having sailed to many of the same places that Leon mentioned, it made the read that much more enjoyable! A definite "must read" for the "armchair" sailor as well as those already on the water.
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