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post #2 of Old 04-07-2006
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You might also be interested in the similarly titled "Adrift," the author of which I cannot presently recall. The author was participating in a single-handed race from the Canaries to the Carribean (I think) when he also collided with a whale or whales and his boat sank. He had a fairly well-provisioned raft and drifted for 77 days before reaching land. The book is in diary form and pretty well-detailed. He survived by working out a spear gun which he used to to spear fish that were attracted by the growth on the bottom of the raft. He was a real McGyver type in terms of repairs and fashioning tools. Photos of his emaciated and bearded self at the conclusion of his journey. It also was a good read. I wouldn't do any bluewater cruising without a good escape plan. No way he would have made it without one.
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