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Re: Recommended Reading
I have zero desire to circumnavigate but lately I've been reading books by those who have. The latest, Islands, Oceans, and Dreams by Michael Salvaneschi is my daily commute audio book.
The boat is a Hans Christian. Michael is singlehanding. Like many, he started out with a dream to sail to the pristine white sands and palm trees of Fiji that he saw in the photos. He and his wife bought the boat, moved on board, lived on board for I think 10 years and sailed around the coast, had kids, got divorced. Family dream ends but he decides to go anyway.
He got to Fiji. Then he figured why not keep going?
No offense meant to my Australian forum members, but the coast of Australia sounds like a sailor's nightmare. Qantas Air for me. Ditto the Red Sea. A friend reports that Qatar Airways is primo.
But, it sounds like he provides realistic insight into sailing solo. There were many times when he wished he had crew to help with watches and chores and operating the boat during the storms. Even just someone to talk to to lift his spirits or work through a problem. But then he reminded himself that his goal was to return to California after doing it solo. He was honest about his prejudices while in Muslim countries. He was honest that the trip at times just plain sucked and he wondered why he ever left California.
He came to some conclusions about dreams and happiness that some people could only reach after having an adventure and pushing themselves beyond their comfort levels.
I have about five hours to go and now he's battling the 15-foot waves and sailing into a northerly wind in the Red Sea. Not something I consider fun.
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