Mary Trimble showed us how interesting and scary sailing can be in her wonderful Pacific adventure Sailing with Impunity: Adventure in the South Pacific. Vivid details, compelling moments and honest prose fill her book with an adventure we all might want to take.
Starting out from Seattle in 1988-89 Mary and Bruce head out to do a circumnavigation after selling their house, buying a boat and kissing their family good-bye. They settle for an extended stay in the South Pacific and their adventures are a fun read in this well crafted book.
Mary is honest to a pointed edge at times, while being interested in everything. Stories of hikes, a typhoon, an emergency and other yatchies makes her book full of color and life.
I recommend this book even if it is a pre-GPS, Bruce go get the sextant, sort of adventure. I actually found this much more interesting at times than today’s reliance on technological everything. Please check it out!
Dick Allan’s adventure sailing book was a long read, almost as long as circumnavigating! No, but it did have a lot of bang for the buck. His book is Sailing My Dream: A Voyage Around the World in a Small Sailing Boat.
Allan and crew aboard the SV Greylag join a Tour Winds group setting off from Gibraltar and clocking West across the Atlantic, through the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, across the Pacific through Tahiti and Looping up along Australia, then across to Thailand, Sri Lanka and around to Oman. Through the Suez Canal, the Med and then unexpectedly taking the canals through France. The French leg (no not a type of chair) through the canals is a refreshing shift from the daily sea squalls, depth soundings and rolling anchorages.
Allan’s style is simple and full of detail, though can be for some readers unfamiliar with the genre a bit repetitive. Overall he did a great job and it was an interesting journey back in 1996-7. Now I just need to find something newer!