Stories of the World's Most Adventurous SailorsEdited by
Tom LochhaasAs vivid and engrossing as great sea fiction,
Intrepid Voyagers captures the real-life adventures of fifteen
legendary long-distance sailors--men and women who have
sailed to the ends of the earth and returned to write about
it. Tania Aebi, Naomi James, Robert Manry, Hugo Vihlen,
Val Howells, Bernard Moitessier, and other greats chronicle
the joys, fears, sacrifices, and triumphs of life at sea
with an immediacy and grace that will resonate with sailors
and landlubbers alike.
Harry Pidgeon. Around the World Single-Handed
". . . any landsman who builds his own vessel and sails
it alone around the world will certainly meet with some
adventures . . ."
Vito Dumas. Alone Through the Roaring Forties
"Wave after wave broke over my wretched waterlogged
Val Howells. Sailing into Solitude
"There's still one devil of a long way to sail . .
Alain Bombard. The Bombard Story
"The castaway must never give way to despair . . ."
Tania Aebi (with Bernadette Brennan). Maiden
"My heart is thumping so hard in my chest and I can't
stop the tears of fear. Varuna is carried and thrown with
each breaking wave . . ."
Anne Miller. Out of the Blue
"The noise of the surf was deafening, and I prayed
that if I died the noise would go away, because I did not
wish to leave the world in chaos."
Francis Chichester. Gipsy Moth Circles the
"What had I expected from the Roaring Forties? . .
. life is never quite like the tidy pattern that imagination
makes of it."
Bernard Moitessier. The Long Way
"When you have long skirted vast expanses stretching
to the stars, beyond the stars, you come back with different
Nicholas Tomalin and Ron Hall. The Strange Last
Voyage of Donald Crowhurst
"By now he had lapsed into a deeper madness . . ."
Naomi James. Alone Around the World
"I felt the shock, a mountain of water crashed against
Crusader's hull, and over she went."
Dodge Morgan. The Voyage of American Promise
"There is something very satisfying in dealing with
the quick and certain victories and defeats of sailing a
small boat alone. There is also the danger and fear of sailing
Ellen MacArthur. Taking On the World
". . . wow! It was amazing, as we just picked up a
wave and accelerated, getting faster and faster . . ."
Robert Manry. Tinkerbelle
"Clutched in a welter of sizzling foam, we surfed giddily
down the forward slope of a breaking wave . . . It was exciting.
It was also dangerous."
Hugo Vihlen. April Fool
"The way things are going now, I would welcome a nice
cockroach for company."
Gerry Spiess (with Marlin Bree). Alone Against
". . . there was no ship. There would be no ship. I
was alone, in the here and now, and I could do was hope
Miles Smeeton. Once Is Enough
". . . the time . . . would pass quickly as we settled
down to our sea-going routine, and cups of tea would follow
cups of tea, at about this time, on each succeeding day.
. . . another marvellous day of sailing."
Lin and Larry Pardey. Seraffyn's Oriental Adventure
"Up until that moment the Arabs had been just a nuisance.
But after that round of gunfire we were scared."
Deborah Shapiro and Rolf Bjelke. Time on Ice
"'Bring me to the midnight sun!' she cries. . . . What
an amazing person. Even when injured, she has more spirit
than most people."
Appendix 1. Bibliography
Appendix 2. Sources