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"Sailing Solo to Hawaii" -- the Book Trailer

Today is publication day for "Alone together: Sailing Solo to Hawaii and Beyond." I was 48 days at sea, singlehanded from Los Angeles to Kauai and return on a 1985 Ericson 32-3.

Here's the "book trailer":

The Amazon link is: http://geni.us/1S3g

From the Amazon Author Page:

In 15 years at The Washington Post Christian Williams served as arts editor of the Style Section, feature writer and reporter on the investigative unit. In 1987 he moved to Los Angeles to write and produce television programs from "Hill Street Blues" to "Six Feet Under." He is the author of "Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way," a biography of Ted Turner (Times Books, 1981) and "Alone Together: Sailing Solo to Hawaii and Beyond" (East Wind Press, 2016). Williams has four children and lives in Pacific Palisades, CA, with his spouse, Tracy Olmstead Williams.

What prompted you to write "Alone Together: Sailing Solo to Hawaii and Beyond"?
CW: People had a lot of questions about being alone that long. I think they expected me to go nuts. My video on YouTube sort of stirred the pot.
Did you 'go nuts'?
CW: Let's say the experience wasn't what I expected at all. There are always voices
with you. It's never alone inside your head.
You have said you worried more about that than 6,000 miles across the Pacific and back.
CW: Singlehanded sailing is challenging, and nobody likes gales and hurricanes. But that you can prepare for. All the famous singlehanders wrote books, Slocum and Chichester and the rest. They were heroes to me. But you never know how you'll do out there.
How did you prepare for being alone?
CW: I read up on astronauts and medical studies and people like Reinhold Messner, who climbed Everest alone. I was expecting sensory deprivation, I think. But it wasn't like that.
What was it like?
CW: I was a failure at being alone. It just never happened.
Explain that.
CW: I can't. It's the question of who are we. Are we somebody distinct, or are we a part of everybody? That question never comes up ashore, among people. We're overconnected nowadays.
You mean, turn off the cell phone?
CW: We're just never alone. Not from when we're born till we die. We become feedback.
So is this book about a mystical experience?
CW: Not at all. Sailing a boat alone is a 24-hour job, you have to eat and try to sleep, you have the concerns of sinking and storms, there's plenty to worry about. It's less mystical than watching TV, where every commercial makes you wonder why you're wasting your life sitting there.
Did you come back changed?
CW: I think being alone for a while helps you understand where you fit in. Everybody wants to know the answer to that.
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Re: "Alone Together" -- the Book Trailer

Enjoyed your videos including the trailer for the book. I spend about six months cruising and living on board alone. Friends always ask me don't you ever get bored and I say never. I rather enjoy the solitude the only times I feel a little bad are sometimes when watching a beautiful sunrise or sunset and not being able to share it. Not because I need the companionship it's more because I feel so many have no idea what they are missing. I feel blessed to be there to experience it. Good luck with your book and future sails.

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I concur with mbianka... vids are good

I will keep an eye out for the book (when my reading list is down to 20 books to read ;-) )

Watching your video...again.. did you think about a sextant as a back up?


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Just ordered the book. Your Hawaii and Back vid is one of my all time favs. Cheers.


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More praise...Your videos were excellent. Can't wait to read the book!

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Given how wonderful your narration is, I'm sure the book is fantastic! Adding it to my wishlist...
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(Now that I think of it, have you considered doing an audiobook?)
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Would love to see it for ereaders.

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I've enjoyed your videos and didn't realize that you are a contributor on here. I like your narration style and have every reason to believe that your book will be equally as entertaining.
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Re: "Alone Together" -- the Book Trailer

Ok, this explains a lot.
You were an editor and a writer for one of the biggest rags in the country, a TV producer and an author on top of all of that.

I was wondering how the videography, narration and story-telling came so naturally to you. Now I know.
It's all still very enjoyable.
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