Tougias, who with Ten Hours until Dawn (2005) rivaled Sebastian Junger (The Perfect Storm, 1997) in the telling of harrowing experiences at sea, returns with the tale of the yachts Almeisan and At Ease. Caught in a vast storm off the East Coast in spring 2005, the two experienced sailors aboard Almeisan were washed overboard. The captain died, but his first mate survived, thanks to a Filipino merchant ship, and the Almeisan’s three working passengers fast-learned enough seamanship to last until the Coast Guard arrived. The crew of At Ease all survived, but their ordeal was only slightly less harrowing, and the descriptions of it are quite as vivid. Tougias has a knack for getting those who go down to the sea in ships (or, sometimes, nearly under it in yachts) to talk to him and for weaving thoroughly absorbing sea stories out of what they disclose to him. Maritime history and adventure fans need this one. QY: add hyphen to Blue-water in bib data title? Per S&S Web site --Roland Green
“I was frightened or astonished by every page of this beautifully told story of raging elements and human survival. And then the tale is ultimately and heartrendingly inspirational. You will not be able to put this book down.”
—Dodge Moran, first American to sail solo, nonstop, around the globe
“The power of Overboard!
is much like an Atlantic storm. Michael Tougias lures us into a routine voyage to Bermuda with experienced crews and well found boats until we find ourselves utterly tossed about not only by the nightmare that ensues but also the courage, tenacity, and selflessness displayed by all caught up in the tempest. This is a survival story that ends in both tragedy and triumph, and through its players we are touched by a collective grace equal to the devastation that strikes them.”
--Steve Callahan, survivor and author of New York Timesbestseller, Adrift