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Breaking Seas: An overweight, middle-aged computer nerd buys his first boat, quits his job, and sails off to adventure Paperback – November 30, 2012
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SPOILER ALERT: Some may complain the author gave up on his dream. So what? The book isn't about how to circumnavigate, it's about his desire to sail and his discovery of what it's actually like. Not every person who starts a marathon finishes it, but "did not finish" is a hell of a lot better than "did not start".
Thanks Mr. Damato for your down-to-earth yet inspiring story. A great read. I think you may have a screenplay somewhere in there . . . .
I could still have enjoyed the book if the outcome had been different. I was expecting him to accomplish all of this and transform himself into the man that he always wanted to be. Instead, the moral of the story was basically that the guy went through all this time, effort, and expense only to find out that he was not able to be the man he wanted to be, so he just quit. This is a story that plays out every day...nothing at all unusual or interesting about it. After reading it, I almost felt cheated.
Despite the disappointment irt the storyline, there were some entertaining parts and, I suppose, anyone who ever has gone through some form of midlife crisis may be able to relate to him, so I'll rate it a 2 of 5.
Worst. Adventure. Ever.
The thing is, throughout the book he bills it as an around-the-world adventure. Not a group sail to Cabo. When he was contemplating selling the boat I fully expected him to NOT sell, put on his big boy pants, and finish what he set out to do. He does not. He doesn't fail, he just flat out gives up. Yes, he has a hard time finding crew, but he doesn't run out of time, he's not hurt, he's not sick, and doesn't even come close to running out of money. He just wants his old apartment with a flat screen and dry towels back. It's also hard to see what sort of personal growth he managed. He seems to be the same self centered, soft, whiny American by the time the book ends. Come on man!
On a personal level I applaud anyone who tries big things. There's still room in this world for adventure, for people who forge ahead. If you follow your dream and you fail, you deserve a great deal of respect.Read more ›
Two, (of the many things) that I really loved about this book was the reminder that "You and your actions determine what becomes real…" and that Glenn Damato is the embodiment of what Steve Jobs was talking about in his 2005 commencement address to Stanford (google it, it's awesome).
I live in Minnesota, and although we have a lot of lakes, I'm about as far from sailing around the world as I can get. But I also share that dream. I was in the Navy and went topside at night while in the Indian Ocean and saw the universe explode with stars. Glenn explains it so much better (than I can) in his book. He took me back to that night that I saw so many stars I couldn't believe what I was seeing. As he described it, you could "feel" the stars… Just amazing…and I wanted to be there all over again. It's my dream to do what Glenn did and he reminded me that it's all about the actions you take.
Never settle. That was something Steve talked about in his speech. Glenn was not born into a sailing family. He had no sailing experience. But he had a dream and he wasn't going to settle for quietly working away at a job and thinking about all the reasons why following that dream wasn't practical. Glenn didn't settle for letting the dream drift away on the tides and reading his story will inspire you to never settle.Read more ›
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Well written book. I've been thinking about buying a sailboat with dreams of sailing around the world someday. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Branden Yarbrough
I unexpectedly absolutely loved this book. If Bill Bryson bought a book to sail around the world, this is the book he would have written. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Krykie
I like the book, wanted it to go on to see if he ever competed his journey.Published 5 months ago by cj
Ostensibly, this book is about sailing, and there is plenty of action on the water, but in reality it is about so much more. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Barry P.
The classic case of "biting off more than you can chew." What I like about the author is that he admits it.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Biggest mistake? Glenn. Next biggest? Joyce. She saddled him with sidekicks for crew, pushed him on time and course, and setup Megan (knowing his lack of feeling for her, she... Read morePublished 7 months ago by joy
I have for sometime had a fascination with sailboats. They are beautiful, move you around to interesting places, are fun to draw in CAD (I like designing things), etc... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jem
This is a cautionary tale about what can go wrong if sailors head out for blue water too fast--everything. It is well written and engaging. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer