I read this guys book, "A Mile Down ..."
The book actually irritated me. It's one of the few sailing books I have read that made me angry. Most sailing books are good stories, interesting, things go good and bad, etc, and you basically enjoy reading them even if they turn out bad. The authors usually learn something even if things go bad, and they normally come across as interesting people you'd kind of like to know. I don't know this guy personally, and he's probably a good guy, but I did not enjoy reading his book, and I thought he made some really bad decisions. And they weren't bad decisions like at the end you think "wow, hindsight is 20/20", they were the kind of bad decisions that as you were reading the book you're thinking ... Dude, why did you just do that, that is really messed up, you are going to pay for that later. Then like clockwork a few pages later he's trying to defend what he did and blaming somebody else for his problems.
I'll sum up the whole book for you right here. Guy goes massively in debt building a boat he can't afford overseas so that he can live the good life selling time on it as a charter for .. I can't remember, I believe it was for people who wanted to study classic literature, or writing, or something, I forget, maybe it was writing workshops. Anyway .. so he goes into debt building this boat, totally a 1990's 2000's type of endeavor just like so many people now build freaking houses they can't possibly ever pay for. Then the entire rest of the book can be summed up in one word ... "CONSEQUENCE
". Because everything that happened to him for the entire book was a consequence of that one giant mistake he made. He takes short cuts, does stupid things, makes bad decisions, sails when it isn't the best time to sail so he can make time schedules and not go bankrupt and all this other crap, and it's ALL because he made this stupid ass decision to build a boat he couldn't afford. By the end of the book he's sank the boat, I believe it was his second, his friends have loaned him large amounts of money and of course they lose all their money, and he seems relatively okay with it because ... hey, you only live once, right ?!?!?
If you are out there reading this, dude, I'm kind of sorry to be giving you a hard time like this, but I really did find your book annoying. I mean what were you thinking ? And frankly, what are you thinking now ?? The southern ocean is no joke. Is your next book going to be one big stupid mistake "Sail the southern ocean in a flimsy boat ..." followed by all the consequences of that one mistake ?
To the author, I truly do wish him the best, and I hope the journey goes well. I think the guy is brave, and that counts for a lot in my book. Nobody wants to see anything bad happen.
Edit, I want to add the standard disclaimer, all of these people, Ken Barnes, etc, have MUCH more sailing experience than I do, so I really shouldn't be running my mouth about it.