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. . . honest (at times, brutally so), entertaining . . . , and as rich with ego-less introspection as it is with sensually arresting descriptions of Mother Nature and her many moods. In short, . . .  a colorful and humanistic case study of the daily struggle between reconciling ideals and the hard truths of reality.
                                                                                    -- The Santa Barbara Independent

 "Christian Beamish's solo, motorless, and totally impractical journey dazzles. In prose as smooth as morning glass, he reminds us of the value of 'blood memory,' and the wisdom of solitude."  Jamie Brisick


 "A remarkable story, that contains much that is so deeply human in terms of our relationship to the natural world and our own inner nature. Beautifully written, not only with refreshing honesty, but also with deep humility in the face of enormous courage and privation, this is truly an inspiring and authentic endeavour."   Wayne Lynch


 "Beamish craves high-risk challenges that require no one else. This first book describes his pinnacle experience to date: building/single-handing a shockingly small craft deep into Baja with deftly explained waterman sensibilities, and observations, and coastal natives who can only see his going for fun to their place of life and death, as an anomaly."    Steve Pezman

About the Author

Christian Beamish, the former associate editor of The Surfer’s Journal, is a writer, surfer, sailor, dedicated boat builder and fisherman. He engaged all his skills during his travels on the Cormorant. He is a senior writer at Surfer magazine and continues to look  for connections to his essential humanity in "full wilderness immersion surf travel."

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Patagonia (July 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980122767
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980122763
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #488,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christian Beamish, former Associate Editor at The Surfer's Journal, is a writer and surfer, who built "Cormorant," his 18-foot Shetland Isle beach boat in order to explore wilderness shores by sail and oar. A "living experiment" to travel with 19th-century technology and spend extended periods of time in remote and thriving environments, Beamish's book, "The Voyage of the Cormorant," (Patagonia Books, July 2012), is a contemporary seafaring and surfing adventure with John Muir, Walt Whitman, and Henry David Thoreau as shipmates (at least in the guidance they provide in their writings). "The Voyage of the Cormorant," is but the latest adventure of many more to come.

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and, surprisingly, I'm not green now that I've read 3/4's of your book (OK, sage green maybe:)(Jealousy is a color best worn alone:)

Since the early 70's, when I first read of NOLS courses in Baja, seen photos of their Drascombe Luggers offshore from a landscape that I know well, having made numerous small boat and kayak voyages into the Sea of Cortez. For over thirty years I've dreamed of such a voyage, a voyage such as yours. I've never made it, but thank God you have.

A miraculous book. Sensually impeccable, I felt each drop of spray, rode every wave with you, tasted every carne asada taco and bite of fresh-caught sea bass.

Thank you for your book.

Most of all, thank you for making the voyage.

Que te vaya bien.
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I don't know much about sailing and I am not a surfer, but for anyone who enjoys tales of adventure this is a book you will not be able to put down. It's the true story of a thoughtful young man who builds his own small boat and then sails it alone half way down the Baja Peninsula.
The book includes maps allowing the reader to follow the author's route and the writing is fast-paced and brisk. Although some of the sailing terms are tough to follow for one unfamiliar, the story was still engaging because Beamish provides terrific details of encounters with sea life, the dark solitude of the open ocean and meeting with the locals. In spite of finding people during his intermittent landfall, his loneliness is palpable and the reader wonders how long he can endure.
Interestingly, one of his overriding concerns apart from finding good surf is FOOD. Beamish details his simple meals often and with a thoroughness that would provide a comprehensive guide of what to bring along to any reader embarking on a similar journey.
Yet it is not just the day-to-day practicalities that make this story so worthwhile. Beamish also searches for some connection to the natural world and it is through this arduous endeavor that he hopes to succeed.
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Having spent much of my early adult life exploring and surfing Baja California, Mexico, I am now entrenched in a typical American middle class voyage of surviving mid-life adulthood, parenting two amazing children and being a husband to my wonderful wife. As I look around at my home, cars, modern appliances and other conveniences of my life, I can't help - after reading this book - to be truly jealous of the simple human experiences Christian has during this trip. My wanderlust is sparked to life and I want to extract myself from all the trappings and convenience of modern life and the debt and complexities that accumulate along with it. This book struck a cord in my soul.
I found it educational from a non-sailor point of view as well. Things that I would never have considered brought to light - from a nature perspective and an equipment perspective.
His heart aching loneliness put a human perspective at the core of this adventure. His ability to meet the locals on an equal level (be they animal or human) says much about the person Christian is.
Well done Christian Beamish - an unpretentious adventure that allows this ever-shrinking world to seem large again.
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Mr. Beamish writes well about an area of the world I have often wondered about. The western coast of the Baja Peninsula is a desolate place requiring a robust and adventurous spirit to explore in a small boat. His insights and experiences handling, stock and living on his homebuilt, small, open sailboat are quite informative for the would be as well as armchair explorer. Worth the read but a little short on the technical aspects of what it actually takes to equip yourself for an extended coastal cruise.
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This is a wonderful adventure book. I like the author's pace and his observations of his surroundings and the folks he meets along the way are very insightful. Searching for one's proper place in the world is not always an easy task and I really appreciate the inner struggles he reveals as well.
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Loved this book. Each page was a joy. If you like the water, sailing or surfing, and wish to be set free by the adventure of setting off for sights unknown, and making do with wind, oars, and starlight, Voyage of the Cormorant, will take you there.
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i love the concept and enjoyed the book and admire writer, but especially considering that he was an editor for Surfer Journal, I expected the writing to be a lot better. also, i would love to have read more about the building of the boat.
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A nearly foolhardy endeavour if not so well planned, Christian's adventure was an enjoyable read for anyone who has spent time exploring that coastline in search of waves and solitude.
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