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- Print Length: 295 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1499319797
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00K1OHL9S
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Be warned, if you are dreaming of long passages to remote islands, this book may be the thing that finally pushes you into such a crazy endeavour. It's written with a refreshingly genuine and enjoyable style that whisks the reader along as a passenger for each passage. Heartily recommend this to anyone interested in reading about the world as seen from a small boat. Certainly gave me plenty to dream about on my long commute into London.
I hope there will be further books from their continuing adventures!
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I loved the style of writing and the authors way of describing events.
We know the Orcas.
We first saw them anchored in the harbor in Strahn Tasmania but did not meet them until the rowed up alongside our boat in Rodriguez a year later.
The Orcas are incredibly competent sailors with a reputation in the cruising fleet for their parsimonious use of diesel, always entering port with a trim vessel well sailed, and for their friendly and cheerful attitudes.
It was interesting to contrast their experiences in some places with ours. We had wanted to sail across the Australian Bight to the west coast but had decided that we had waited to late in the year. But the Orcas did exactly what we declined to do.
Their reception in Perth was not at all typical of our experiences in Australia where they were essentially snubbed to a snooty yacht club and denied safe harbor along a hazardous coast. The yacht club members were the real loosers in that situation.
John writes well and does a good job of condensing a big adventure into a little book that does a good job of describing their adventure.
As a Cape Dory owner myself, it is also a solid tribute to the stability and durability of the Cape Dory Sailboat, now in almost every instance "a Classic," they testify to the phenomenal design of architect Carl Alberg.
A book I could not put down and felt the author took me on the voyage because he wrote it with passion and clever humor rather than professional perspective. Plus, I've been to several of the places he sailed and had just as much interest in the localities that he found. He described them accurately from the perspective of a sailor. Loved it.
The book really gives you a sense of what things are still like today, as compared to much older high sea adventures. The voyage makes you wonder, has the world really changed that much? The structure of the story goes from story to story as the Orca and crew travel each leg of the voyage. Throughout the novel, the author makes the point that there are some really good people out there and questions why systemic issues must create disparity around our planet.
Overall fun and quick read and will leave you wanting to go on an adventure yourself.
On the negative side, it seemed a little slow starting. But after the first few pages it held my attention and I found myself laughing out loud.
I'm a sailor and actually live on a boat with my family, but I think anyone would enjoy this book even if they're not into boating because the author does such a great job capturing anecdotes and turning them into a good story.
By their account, there's no actual plan for their circumnavigation, and as you turn the pages, you discover the next port as they did. with wide eyed anticipation.
It's a light, easy read, and the last thing I did each night before turning in.
Full disclosure: John and Kara circumnavigated in a Cape Dory 30. I've owned and sailed a Cape Dory 28 (a sister of which did a solo circumnavigation) for sixteen years.
Zeida Cecilia-Mendez, S/V Bandolera II - Cape Dory 33 sloop, home port, Miami, Florida.