- Hardcover: 245 pages
- Publisher: Times Books; First Edition edition (September 1977)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0812907035
- ISBN-13: 978-0812907032
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,313,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Storm Passage: Alone Around Cape Horn Hardcover – September, 1977
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More About the Author
Webb Chiles is a writer and a sailor, an artist of words and wind. Married six times, he has lived with passion on land as well as water and at one time liked to believe himself an artist of women, too, but this may have been a delusion. As a writer: six books and hundreds of articles published. As a sailor: five circumnavigations and several world records; and long ago he became the first American to sail alone around Cape Horn. He wanted to live an epic life. Perhaps he has. Read his books and decide for yourself.
At Greater Length in the First:
Twice in my life I have lost everything.
Once the loss occurred over a period of years while I was sailing CHIDIOCK TICHBORNE, an 18' open boat, west around the world. When I was falsely imprisoned as a spy in Saudi Arabia in 1982, I did not own a single object, not a teaspoon or a t-shirt, that I had owned when I sailed from San Diego, California, in 1978.
The second loss was as complete but took place during a single night in 1992 when I sank the 36' sloop, RESURGAM, off the coast of Florida, following which I floated and swam for 26 hours and was carried more than 125 miles by the Gulf Stream before reaching an anchored fishing vessel.
I mention this only partly in pride that I lived on the edge and risked everything for so long--as I once wrote: almost dying is a hard way to make a living--but also because it explains omissions. Possessions can usually be replaced, but some of my writing and many photographs were lost and can't be.
"Old men should be explorers." I first read that decades ago in a book by Jan de Hartog, but subsequently came across it in T. S. Eliot's FOUR QUARTETS, which predates Hartog by several decades. I don't know if there is an even earlier source.
Now that I am almost seventy, those words are even more true.
For the past several years I have divided my time between being with Carol, an architect and my wife of sixteen years, in a condominium in Evanston, Illinois, and my 37' sloop, THE HAWKE OF TUONELA, in New Zealand's Bay of Islands. But recently I have been thinking of living on the edge again. "Small" and "age" are edges. So I have just bought a 24' sloop, possibly for my next voyage. Having completed circumnavigations in four successive decades--two in the 00s, I'd like to make it five.
People who know of me at all probably do so as a sailor; but I have always thought of myself as an artist, and I believe that the artist's defining responsibility is to go to the edge of human experience and send back reports. My books are among those reports.
The photo was taken in 1992. That is the way I would like to be remembered.
For more information please visit: www.inthepresentsea.com
Top Customer Reviews
The book was a story about one man and his ability to take a racing sail boat and sail it around the world. The problem is that this boat was not a blue water cruiser. Many of the problems he encountered along the way were due to the fact that the boat was not designed for this type of abuse. In a normal sail on Sunday afternoon you might sail 20 miles around a protected lake. Webb sailed his Ericson 37 8,000 miles around the Cape. All of which was beating to weather. I admire his determination and feel connected to his adventure due to the years spent on her sister ship.
Book could be renamed Webb's Excellent Adventure and boat repair.
I'm glad Chiles went on to do other passages as it was (is) obviously his passion and obsession. I'm not sure I have the energy to read any more of them, however, if the stories are filled with complications from his bad decisions. I love to sail and have owned a sailboat for nearly 40 years. I understand the joy (and fear) that ocean passages can bring, but I didn't see all that much joy in Chiles' voyages, at least as described in this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An epic voyage. In case you were thinking about a solo circumnavagation.Published 2 months ago by MartyHeyman
Very entertaining - some self inflicted ordeals but honest and easily read - very enjoyable readPublished 3 months ago by Kathy and Tony Smith
A wonderfully written story of skill, luck, and determination as a man faces challenge after challenge. A story of determination and courage.Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
Inspirational to the right person. Can be entertaining to the non-sailor looking for a good non-fictional read.Published 5 months ago by SSwan46
At first I thought this guy was an arrogant soanso but as I read on I could grasp the personality like he were one onboard after a period of time.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Low key account of early circumnav. He bailed for months, but this book moves right along.Published 6 months ago by Eddo
Webb Chiles is one of the more remarkable sailors alive. He pushed the limits of sailing small boats, claiming to be the first American to sil solo around Cape Horn. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Christina Nordholm
It's a wonder h www made it alive considering all the problems he had, mostly with his boat but also due to weather.Published 9 months ago by PDK