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Confessions of A Reluctant Sailor: The Falkor Diaries: Sailing With Kids From Poland to the Caribbean (Books Boats & Babes Book 1) by [Sherrie McCarthy]

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This book is not about what we saw and did during our sailing trip but rather the emotional and healing journey that the past two years sailing on our boat Falkor has been.

As I wrote this book I was on a sailboat in the Caribbean with plans to continue through the south Pacific next year.

It would be very easy to show a sanitized beach perfect social media version of my life.

But I want to show up in my truth and to encourage others to do the same. To be witnesses and hold space for pain without being walking wounds without end. Since childhood I have believed that the world would be cured of most of its problems if people were taught self-esteem and how to think for themselves instead of blind adherence to what other people thought of them.

What kind of world would we have if we all stepped outside of our cages and embraced life for ourselves rather than what kind of image we reflected for other people?

That is what this book is about.


So many people live in golden cages of other people's making, doing things they do not love and spending money they do not have in an attempt to get this elusive approval from people they may not even like.


I began to see how we sanitize our lives and try to deprive ourselves of anything painful for fear of looking stupid, out of place, or just plain daring to ask for more. It keeps us safe and in a dull, gnawing seemingly endless pain. But we have been taught it is better that than risk the intense flare of pain that comes with making mistakes. With being vulnerable. With actually living our lives.

Sailing forces you to confront who you are on a daily basis. And it helps you decide how you want to move forward.

This book is about that. How I went from a very reluctant sailor (as in terrified) to embracing it as a lifestyle rather than a 2 - 3 year plan. It is also about rebuilding a partnership and the definition of myself after becoming a mother and losing my youngest brother.

If you are looking for a book that is more about the emotional aspects of sailing than what to see and when to go, I think you might enjoy this book and I hope you try it out.

About the Author

Sherrie is a writer, mama and reluctant sailor who traded in her motorcycle adventures for a mommy adventure. Having babies may have filled her with more love than she thought possible, but it did not quell her gypsy ways. Sensing this, Patrick, her partner in life, parenthood, and vagabonding ways worked at this crack to change her fear of the ocean into the desire to move onto a sailboat and sail away.  Which she finally agreed to.

The boat is Falkor, named after the most awesome Luck Dragon from the Neverending Story. Patrick's first bike was named Emma, after the locomotive from Micheal Ende's Jim Knopf series. Deciding to keep the theme, we chose the one creature that we wanted to take us around the world and named our boat after him.
Falkor is 9.5 meters long (just 31 feet!) but the builder maximized all the space within. Cutting the front berth in half (leaving it the perfect size for sleeping little monkeys) meant that he still managed to get in a small salon. And cutting the cockpit in half meant he was able to make a bedroom in the back.  So we have just enough space. Although abundant space is not something any sailor we know complains about!

The captain is Patrick, the true mastermind behind the idea of sailing the world. As he is German, it is also why we tell everyone we want to do the Barefoot Route and most people look at us like we are crazy. Unless they too are German, and then they get what we mean. Apparently, everyone else calls it the Coconut Milk Run.

The babes are our little monkeys, The Em to the J and Mr. Man. They were 4 and 2 at the beginning of our journey. Mr. Man loves boats and Falkor is the only home he remembers. The Em to the J, however, told us she likes to visit Falkor but she doesn't want to leave her best friends at Kita. (German daycare.) We're hoping she is happy enough as a pirate princess that sends postcards to her friends telling of her adventures. So long as we have other kids around she is.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07N62MLSB
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ April 26, 2019
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 4382 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 114 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.4 out of 5 stars 11 ratings

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Sherrie is a writer, mama, and reluctant sailor who traded in motorcycle adventures for mommy adventures on the open seas. Sherrie believes passionately in the ability of creativity and going deeper to heal. Her book Confessions of a Reluctant Sailor tells about her first two years afloat on her boat as she knit herself back together after tragedy.

Sherrie is also the creator of the Cageology system, which came from the realization that most people live lives they tolerate rather than those they dream of. Cageology helps women create a roadmap for a creative and vibrant life on their terms, a system that brings them back into soul alignment.

She co-hosts the Creative Spirits podcast, and she has been a guest on the podcasts Writer On The Road and Those Diner and Motorcycle Guys. Her writing has been featured in Badassery Magazine as well as the Newfoundland and Labrador’s online magazine The Independent.

Currently afloat in the Caribbean, she lives with her family on her boat Falkor.

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