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Gypsy Spirit: What My Boat Taught Me About Love And Life [Kindle Edition]

Christine Bukruian
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Gypsy Spirit charts an inspiring two-year voyage set amidst the tumultuous world of singlehanded sailing. This captivating memoir recounts the true life adventures and harrowing encounters of author Christine Bukruian’s initiation into the culture of boats, sailors, and the open sea.
Motivated by her mother’s passing, Christine purchases a used 36-foot sloop, renames it Gypsy Spirit and is soon “living the dream,” along with Kia, her 50-pound lab/golden mix. Through trial and misadventure, Gypsy Spirit and her crew are made seaworthy with the assistance of Ed, a seasoned South African sailor on his way to the Bahamas.
Ed invites Gypsy Spirit to sail in tandem with his boat, Nini, and his trial-by-fire sailing lesson propels their relationship and Christine’s appreciation of life at sea. Christine becomes a competent, self-reliant sailor, which proves fortunate as Gypsy Spirit and her crew find themselves alone on a horrific, storm-swept night marked by a devastating collision with a 264-foot container ship.
Tropical settings – from picture perfect islands with postcard images of sun, sea, and swaying palms, to pelicans flying overhead and dolphins trailing in the boat’s wake– afford a vicarious journey for all to enjoy. But Gypsy Spirit’s true reward is as a personal testament to overcoming fears, embracing new passions, and fulfilling improbable dreams.


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About the Author

Christine Bukruian and first mate Kia live aboard their Watkins 36 sailboat, Gypsy Spirit. If you ask, Kia will say – in true gypsy style, “Home is where the boat is.” Christine is pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing and is working on her second book.

Product Details

  • File Size: 855 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1468195891
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 24, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0089MN4Y0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #477,676 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gypsey Spirit Rocks May 26, 2012
Format:Paperback
If you like boats, adventure, dogs and a little romance, you'll enjoy this book. Great start for a new author; I hope we see more of her work soon.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vicarious Adventure September 14, 2012
By SPC
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Gypsy Spirit really resonated with me because my husband and I have a boat (though not a sailboat). Also there was a time when I, like the author, had to start over. I love stories about strong, independent women and this is definitely that. If you'd like to read an adventure from the comfort of your favorite reading chair, this is the book for you!

p.s. It's very well-written.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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It sounds trite, but I began reading the book and couldn't put it down because I was so anxious to find out what happens next. I could FEEL each and every word. When the author said she hadn't eaten and was sweaty and needed to shower, I could feel the ache in my stomach and that "yuk" sweaty feeling of needing a shower. I fell in love with her character, Kia the dog and most of the other characters and how she brought them to life. I could see the movie in my head with each and every page. I felt the exhaustion that the author incurred from many of the obstacles she faced and admired her how she handled adversity.

I would recommend this book to ALL women, dog lovers, boat owners and lovers! If I ever had a desire (because I do love boats) to run off and sail on one, it would never be alone. I can't say I share the strength and courage of the author, but I do admire her accomplishment! I can't wait to see this book turned into a movie and I'll be the first one in line!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What A Ride! September 3, 2012
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Don't be fooled into thinking this book is just about sailing. It is about one woman's journey to seek a new beginning after too many endings. Although she hasn't a clue about sailing, it has been a lifelong dream of Christine's to own a sailboat and she takes ownership of "Gypsy Spirit" just as her spirits are flagging. She has determinedly decided to charter a course for new experiences and nothing is going to stop her. Her relentlessly upbeat attitude after each setback is life-affirming and with Kia, her trusty dog by her side, she is up for anything. But she doesn't have to go it alone as her new-found friend, Ed, lends many helpful lessons and advice. Truthfully, if this was a work of fiction and she had to create a male lead character, she could not have conjured up any better one than the real living and breathing, I-Can-Handle-Anything Ed.

This is a terrifically fun and inspiring read.

Sandi Perry
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Wait for the Sequel February 5, 2013
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I loved the author's courage in walking away from her everyday life and living her dream, especially since she had to learn everything about that new life. It was easy to identify with her desire to live that dream at a time in her life when she was faced with enormous changes not entirely of her choosing. Kudos to Christine, not only for taking charge, but for writing about it so the rest of us can learn from her.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Up all night... May 26, 2012
By Yapouj
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Read the Advance copy of the book "Gypsy Spirit: What my boat taught me about love and life" by Christine Bukruian and I literally couldn't put it down. I stayed up until 7am the following morning to finish it, bleary eyed and exhausted. The journey that the book took me on, although familiar as Christine is a friend, was exhilarating, emotionally charged and insightful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fairly good April 5, 2014
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Christine Bukruian has written a reasonably interesting account of realizing a long-held dream, that of sailing alone in her own boat. There were two downsides to the book for me. The device she employed in telling her tale, switching back and forth from one point in time to another with each chapter, was disorienting and slightly annoying. Also, her "romance" with Ed, the man who taught her to sail seemed very strange; it's hard to imagine an adventurous, independent thinker like Christine being so at sea in figuring out where their relationship stood throughout the time they spent together. (Kia, the dog, seemed to know her own mind better than either of the two main characters did theirs.) Still, it was encouraging to see the author learn the ropes to become as self-reliant as she did by the time the book ended, providing a positive example for other women who hold the same dream.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read January 27, 2013
By Michael
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A pretty enjoyable read hearing of Christine's adventures but it could have had a better ending. What happened to Ed?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I would have liked to hear more about her challenges as a rookie ...
I would have liked to hear more about her challenges as a rookie deep-water sailor than her experiences with her emotionally-stunted romantic interest. Read more
Published 4 months ago by OrcaSea
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for boat lovers
I loved this book. It was well written and i would definitely recommend it if you're interesting in boats or breaking free from your everyday life. Read more
Published 5 months ago by K. Burman
5.0 out of 5 stars entertaining
very good
Published 7 months ago by Michael D. Byrne
3.0 out of 5 stars ... year and it was about her dog and a bad engine and flaky boyfriend
It jumped around from year to year and it was about her dog and a bad engine and flaky boyfriend. Not too deep or memorable.
Published 7 months ago by Jo Ann Ely
4.0 out of 5 stars Courageous against the sea
Normally I am reading 3-4 books at a time, but when I started reading this, I had to stop reading the others. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kim A. Ridgway
3.0 out of 5 stars readable
I read this because it was free, and because I love sailing and at one point considered doing just what the author did: buy a boat, fix it up and then head out with her dog. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Eve
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Especially liked how the dog "Kia" trained herself to poop over the side. The story of the collision at sea was gripping! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Capt. Jim
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting read about sailing; not so interesting romance
This is a very interesting book about a woman and her dog who bought a used sailboat, got it running, and learned to sail well enough to make multiple round trips between Florida... Read more
Published 9 months ago by L. Woods
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice story!
I enjoyed this light, quick read about a woman's experiences on her first long-term sailing venture! Thank you for sharing your story!
Published 9 months ago by Donna
5.0 out of 5 stars Gypsy Spirit
Well, I loved the book and, as everybody else, I could not put it down till I came to the end. And it left me with the feeling of wanting more. What ever happened to ED? Read more
Published 10 months ago by HENRIETTE SCHOLTZE
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More About the Author

Christine Bukruian and first mate Kia live aboard their Watkins 36 sailboat, Gypsy Spirit. If you ask, Kia will say - in true gypsy style, "Home is where the boat is." Christine is pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing and is working on her second book.

Kianda, Kia for short was born in Saint Augustine, Florida in 2003. Her name derives from Angolan mythology and means, Goddess of the Ocean, protector of sailors and fishermen. Kia and Christine met in January 2004 at the Saint Augustine Humane Society. Constant companions from the start, their bond grew with each adventure until it has become hard to imagine one without the other.

Kia is a seasoned traveler having cruised extensively throughout the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, and the Dominican Republic. In 2008 she flew to Italy and spent a month touring Rome, the Amalfi coast and Tuscany. Her favorite places include Saint Augustine, Florida, Camden Maine and the Bahamas ...of course. She enjoys camping, lying in the sun, hiking, lying in the sun, road trips, lying in the sun and most of all swimming.

Kia has crewed aboard Gypsy Spirit for more than eight years. She is singlehandedly responsible for saving the dinghy oars by alerting the captain when she noticed them coming loose from the dinghy. Kia's shipboard duties include: maintaining ship security, personnel evaluation, supervising operations, keeping watch for dolphins and lying in the sun.

When not on duty or lying in the sun, Kia enjoys spending time with her friends Sophie and Lindy.

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