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THE FIFTH CIRCLE: the passage log Kindle Edition

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Length: 726 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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  • File Size: 757 KB
  • Print Length: 726 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: January 17, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004JN04DW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
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Briefly in the Third Person:

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

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By 2fingers on June 9, 2012
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As a log book, it's fascinating, but as a book it's a little boring. Webb Chiles has written some excellent accounts of his many voyages and I thoroughly enjoy his writing. If you start this bearing in mind that it is a log, you will find it enjoyable and very informative.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on September 27, 2013
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Having found Webbs other books - THE OPEN BOAT and THE OCEAN WAITS - such a fascinating read - setting off around the world in an open dinghy just to see whether or not it could be done, beautifully captured with a wonderful narrative of his various adventures along the way (!) - I must admit that this latest book had somehow lost the magic of his earlier voyages. To be honest, I haven't actually got further than the first twenty pages, or so, having put it down twice already and gone on to other things, proof, perhaps (if any were needed), that he seems to have run out of steam a bit on this one. I dare say that I shall pick it up again in due course with a view to finishing it, but I can't see that happening anytime soon! By comparison, I couldn't put his other books down, so good were they! If this is your first encounter with this particular author, try the other two books mentioned above first as they make fascinating reading of a true-life adventure with all its ups and downs!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Richter on March 29, 2014
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I found that uncertain started. I had a hard time putting the book down, I think it would have been more enjoyable if some maps were included. As for myself, I reverted to an artless in order to follow his passage. This made. Reading much more enjoyable.....t
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By Twin1 on February 17, 2013
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This is the log of Web Chiles 5th circumnavigation. As usual he writes a very interesting and easy to read manuscript. My biggest complaint is that he entices us into his private world worrying about a suspected cancerous growth but fails to tell us if his concerns were valid! The same occurred with his broken shrouds, we never heard the detail of their replacement. Maybe he's leaving the details to be revealed in a later book! Hope so.
Highly recommend this book to sailors but beware, as the repetitious nature of the log could be boring to those not that interested in sailing.
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By ms on July 7, 2013
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Second book by Chiles I read (first one was the circumnavigation with Egregious). This one is just his log, so lot's of coordinates, wind speed and angle, height of waves and weather. I like when he spends more words about his feelings, considerations about sailing around the world etc., but those are seldom expressed. Also Chiles has is a particular person, for 1000s of miles he would count-down the miles to the next landing, but when he arrives he just drop the anchor for the night and leaves in the morning as he likes to be at sea, so then why the countdown?
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By Paulie on December 30, 2012
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THIS IS THE 2ND WEBB CHILES BIOGRAPH THAT I HAVE READ. IN EACH, THE READER GETS A REAL SENSE FO WHAT CROSSING THE SOUTHERN OCEANS ALONE MUST HAVE BEEN LIKE. THE ONLY "NEGATIVE" THAT I WOULD OFFER IS THAT THERE IS NO CONTINUITY FROM ONE PART OF HIS VOYAGE TO THE NEXT. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE IF THE WRITER HAD TOLD HIS READERS WHAT HE DID DURING THE INTERVAL OF MONTHS BETWEEN ARRIVING IN ONE PLACE AND DEPARTING FOR THE NEXT.
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