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Pacific Lady: The First Woman to Sail Solo across the World's Largest Ocean (Outdoor Lives) Hardcover – September 1, 2008

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“Eight-thousand miles of open ocean, with the same navigational tools used by Columbus, and no way to communicate. This is one gutsy lady. Widowed at thirty-four, she escaped into the world of sailing for the first time, bought her own boat, and sailed into history. As the press put it, ‘A woman who dared and won.’ This is the stuff movies are made from.”—Martel Scroggin, author of Wasco, The Moonlighters, and The Sheepshooters
(Martel Scroggin 2007-10-31)

“A thrilling adventure story and an engaging read, Pacific Lady is a book of detail and depth. Sharon Sites Adams’s remarkable achievements inspire us to find our own oceans and sail on through the highs and lows of our own lives.”—Amy Racina, author of Angels in the Wilderness
(Amy Racina 2007-12-11)

Pacific Lady tugged at me from the opening story. Even though I know nothing about sailing and solo ocean crossings, I was mesmerized by Sharon Sites Adams's determination, curiosity of the world, and intrepid spirit. When she embarked on her trip across the Pacific Ocean alone, I simply could not put down the book until I knew that she had made it safely home. Karen Coates has done a graceful job of translating this singular story into spare, elegant prose. I will never forget it.”—Shauna James Ahern, author of Gluten-Free Girl: How I Found the Food That Loves Me Back and How You Can Too
(Shauna James Ahern 2007-12-14)

"Adams' inspirational tale is a groundbreaking journey worth taking."—Margaret Flanagan, Booklist
(Margaret Flanagan Booklist 2008-09-15)

"Following the death of her husband, this intrepid sailor 'discovered' the sport and had her first lesson, bought a boat, and within eight months set out to achieve her first world record. A truly inspiring story for anyone dreaming of taking on a challenge!"—The Feast
(The Feast 2008-10-09)

"Using the logbooks, diaries and tape-recordings from her solo voyages, Adams has retained the authenticity of a woman's place in the 1960s. This record of Adams' extraordinary and understated adventures adds to the history of women's single-handed sailing."—Madie Armstrong, Sports in History
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About the Author

Sharon Sites Adams, Los Angeles Times Woman of the Year in 1969, is a popular speaker, making appearances and telling her story before various organizations and gatherings.
 
Karen J. Coates is a journalist, a correspondent for Gourmet magazine, and a contributor to numerous publications, including Archaeology, the Christian Science Monitor, and Fodor’s Travel Guides. She is the author of Cambodia Now: Life in the Wake of War.

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Product Details

  • Series: Outdoor Lives
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press; First Edition edition (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803211384
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803211384
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #383,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ohwhatever on July 29, 2011
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I happened upon this book almost by accident, kind of how Sharon Adams started sailing. Not truly, by accident, because I *was* searching for "sailing" books. It was a refreshing book to read, because it was not about how to get your wife to go sailing with you. No, it was written by a woman who loves sailing. And thus, I easily identified with it. There was no need to explain why she loves sailing. She does mention that people question why she wanted to do what she did -- sailing solo across the Pacific. I have a suspicion that she, like me, and other people who do things just to challenge themselves, are kiasu. And kiasu is not always a bad thing.

I appreciate that in the book (co-written/arranged by Karen Coates), she is brutally honest about the problems she encounters when sailing alone. Problems are both psychological and physical -- much as Robin Lee Graham writes about in his book Dove. And yet, I find myself nodding when she describes all the beautiful things about sailing, that make us go through all the crap that we do.

Thank you two for putting together such a lovely book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sparky on September 14, 2009
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A well written, inspirational tale about a unique lady who ventured away from the norm and completed what she set out to do. Her amazing accomplishments were unheard of in those times. A very enjoyable read about a very special lady.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Captain George on September 5, 2008
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This book is gripping! I can't bring myself to finish the last pages because I simply don't want the story to end.
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I seem to be lucky in finding books that I can't put down and this is one of them. What a gal! She was climbing up fixing sails; injuring her arm, getting all of her "stuff" completely drenched including her bed and was successful in fixing a really nasty problem. All of this and more, alone and sometimes melancholy but she chose to do it and did it! I wish that I had had that kind of courage when I was younger.
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By Been There on February 14, 2010
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What a lady! It's hard to imagine accomplishing what she did during the times she did it in. No GPS, very little experience, just amazing! The book is a very interesting read, never gets too technical and the story unfolds in an easy and entertaining fashion.
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By Roberta Silva Welk on August 18, 2010
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I really enjoyed this true life reading - her determination and focus to learn and to pursue her passion in life is an amazing feat and deserves respect.
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fascinating story of an unusual woman for her time. Great descriptions of being at sea in a very small sailboat in a very big ocean.
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