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Hello All,

I'm trying to track down a story I saw on a TV show awhile back. The show was one of those I Shouldn't Be Alive/I Survived... types.

The premise is a sailing couple that captained some rich guy's boat to sail it back from some pacific Island to California. They ran from and were caught by a major storm. The husband was washed overboard and lost and the wife knocked unconcious. When the wife came to, the boats masts were snapped and it was dead in the water. The wife fashioned a small mast/stays/sail from debris on the boat and limped it to Hawaii over several months using her sextant skills. She almost starved to death, but survived.

This was the most amazing story I'd seen and I was looking for some article or book online about it, but there have been too many disaster at sea stories online and without knowiung the names, dates involved I can't find it anywhere. Hopefully one of you can recognize the details and give me the name of the woman and or date of this incident so I can find more information about it.

Thanks in advance

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Red Sky in Mourning: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Survival at Sea

Tami Oldham Ashcraft

It's a good read - enjoy.


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The author spoke at the Seattle boat show a few years ago and spoke about her experience.
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Wow, that was quick, thanks a lot guys. Although, now I'm shying away from this read cuz I read a review that said it reads like a romance novel and not an adventure. Anyone read it recently that has any comments. The book's $20, I dont wanna drop the bones if Fabio is on the cover.
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