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10-08-2007 11:54 PM
bestfriend Of course they are embellished! You don't think CD was actually stupid enough to blow up his BBQ grill, do you?
10-08-2007 10:54 PM
Valiente
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Originally Posted by Raggbagger View Post
This may be a good thread to ask this question on and oddly enough I was thinking about it last night . Do any of you recall a book written by a Canadian Lady that took of with her hubby and two kids in a steel sloop of some 27ft into the Atlantic? They did the Azores and headed down to the Caribean and on to and up the Amazon . I wanted to get that book for my daughter but I can't for the life of me remember the tittle or author ( yes , I'm bloody useless at times ). If anyone recalls reading the book please jog my memory would ya . I know there must be at least 50 Canadian couples that wrote books about the same thing but I figure someone might recall the one I'm looking for .
BTW dont the best stories start off " No $%it there I was surrounded by..."

Fiona and Paul Howard: "All in the Same Boat" and "Still in the Same Boat". They are friends of friends and "Lorcha" a steel 30 footer, is still around Toronto, I believe.
10-08-2007 09:55 PM
Tartan34C
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Robert, No that wasn't the story.. the one i read was about a family that restored a wooden boat. I'll look for it.
O, do you mean “Survive the Savage Sea” by Dougal Robertson. His boat, Lucette, was a 43' staysail schooner and was sunk by an orca or killer whale. When you said big wooden boat I thought of Essex instead of a small yacht. I didn’t like the book or the movie based on it.
All the best,
Robert Gainer.
10-08-2007 09:41 PM
deniseO30 Robert, No that wasn't the story.. the one i read was about a family that restored a wooden boat. I'll look for it.
10-08-2007 08:59 PM
TAREUA Some of the older sailing accounts used to stress the understating of difficult times to an exaggerated art form all its own. The stiff upper lip ‘spot of bother force ten for a fortnight, mizzen mast somewhere in Patagonia now, no real problem save a spilled cup of tea or two,’ sort of thing, that would save all the wild exaggeration for descriptions of hard drinking or comical natives, might not have been any closer to reality then the current crop. I always tended to believe Bernard Motessier’s sailing accounts, but sometimes wondered about his more Dr. Dolittle moments with sea creatures.
Am I the only one who really enjoys reading a good sailing blog? I found 3 or 4 that were really well written and amusing, but they have all stopped sailing now. Their ups and downs help keep the spirits up while outfitting a boat to go again myself a year and a half from now.
Here I am in my late 40’s still reading this stuff, just like when I was a kid. I should win some sort of ancient mariner prize, for admitting, I read about Robin Lee Graham before Dove, in the National Geographic.
10-08-2007 08:36 PM
CapnHand My trips would make a boring story for anyone else to read. Am I doing something right?
10-08-2007 08:28 PM
Raggbagger This may be a good thread to ask this question on and oddly enough I was thinking about it last night . Do any of you recall a book written by a Canadian Lady that took of with her hubby and two kids in a steel sloop of some 27ft into the Atlantic? They did the Azores and headed down to the Caribean and on to and up the Amazon . I wanted to get that book for my daughter but I can't for the life of me remember the tittle or author ( yes , I'm bloody useless at times ). If anyone recalls reading the book please jog my memory would ya . I know there must be at least 50 Canadian couples that wrote books about the same thing but I figure someone might recall the one I'm looking for .
BTW dont the best stories start off " No $%it there I was surrounded by..."
10-08-2007 08:17 PM
USCGRET1990 Hopefully, in the next few years, you'll be reading about my adventures and mis-adventures.
10-08-2007 08:08 PM
Tartan34C
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Originally Posted by deniseO30 View Post
Anyway.. I'm not saying it's any one author in particular, but as I've read more and more stories I can't help but think the embellishment is sometimes a bit much. (there was one about a killer whale that went through the hull of a big wooden boat)
It was a sperm whale that sank the ship. The name of the ship was Essex and the book was “Most Extra-Ordinary and Distressing Shipwreck of the Whaleship Essex” by Owen Chase published in 1821. In 1973 I read an original copy from the Brownell collection in Providence RI.
All the best,
Robert Gainer

PS The book about my sailing up to 1976, "Presumed Lost" under told everything. The best stories were embarrassing at the time so I didn’t tell John, the author of the book everything.
10-08-2007 08:05 PM
Freesail99 I have found a few downloadable ebooks online and enjoyed them.
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