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Sea Trials: Around the World with Duct Tape and Bailing Wire Paperback – January 12, 2017
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". . . The author's expressive writing captures the wonder of being at sea in all its glory. . . her engaging narrative succeeds in capturing the thrills and frustrations of this intrepid family.--Kirkus Reviews (starred review). *Selected Kirkus Book of the Month.
"A modern, swashbuckling adventure." -- Seattle Book Review
"Completely riveting."-- San Francisco Book Review
"A gripping tale of a family's harrowing journey to sail around the world against seemingly insurmountable and deadly odds." --Robert Dugoni, the #1 Amazon and #1 WSJ bestselling author of the Tracy Crosswhite series
"What a tale! The Wilcox family's epic 'round-tripper had me turning pages at flank speed. Wendy Hinman crafts a true-life adventure story as outlandish and memorable as The Swiss Family Robinson, with shipwreck, reefs, dengue fever, gun-toting soldiers, and teenagers who won't do their homework." --Bruce Barcott, author of Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw and The Measure of a Mountain, and a contributor to Outside Magazine
"Sea Trials is a skillfully told story of perseverance, ingenuity, and grit. Wendy Hinman is back with another gripping sea saga. Hinman's pacing keeps the story humming along and her eye for detail helps us savor the voyage." --Janna Cawrse Esarey, author of Motion of the Ocean
"In a time before cell phones and laptops, the Wilcox family set out to sail around the world, but after a shipwreck, their adventure takes a dramatic detour. Thrilling, poignant, and hilarious moments surface as this family struggles to cope with each other, repair the wreck and most of all, to keep going. " --Debra Daniels-Zeller author of The Northwest Vegetarian Cookbook
"A satisfying read about the costs and rewards of human endeavor and the effects they have on a family." --Jan Burak Schwert, author of Geezers' Guide to the Galaxy: A Lifetime of Travel Encounters
"A nail-biting adventure story."--Elsie Hulsizer, author of Voyages to Windward and Glaciers, Bears and Totems
From the Author
For years, my husband and his family have shared snippets from their epic voyage around the world. Intrigued to learn more, I delved into the details and discovered a richer tale than I'd imagined, one that deserved to be shared with a wider audience. It's quite a story, and more remarkably, it's true.
Sea Trials highlights major events from the around-the-world journey the Wilcox family took aboard Vela, their 40-foot Maine Pinky, from 1973-1978. Their voyage occurred during the relative dark ages of sailing when people navigated using a sextant, and long before the days of instant communication. Few undertook such a journey, and limited information was available about outfitting a boat for ocean voyaging or ports along the way. Yet, despite unbelievable obstacles, this pioneering family survived a shipwreck and made it all the way around the world. No small feat you'll discover.
To tell this story, I drew upon:
My aim was to depict events as accurately as I could. When reading, please keep in mind that even shortly after living it, family members had different perspectives on what happened, and no one's memory is 100 percent accurate, especially after so many years--and I was not there.
I am excited to share this compelling story and hope you enjoy it.
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This true account of a Bay Area family of 4 sailing around the world in 1973 totally captivated me. While there are plenty of boat knowledge and seamanship details included in this adventure, the story's momentum sails forward on the ways this family meets the hundreds of minor and major challenges that face them over the course of 5 years including a shipwreck on a reef in Fiji.
I finished the book with total admiration for the Wilcox family. Life on board a 40- foot boat with infinite problems needing attention together with 4 different people with different needs (2 in their teen years) sound like a formula for disaster but in the end sheer grit akin to stubborn will and ingenuity win the day and the next and the next. I learned so much about determination, courage, organization, attention to details, applied science and knowledge, geography, other cultures, and appreciation for thinking on one's feet.
This would be a great holiday present for anyone but especially for a young adult and for dreamers and believers everywhere.
Author Wendy Hinman is married to Garth Wilcox, the teenage boy in this book.
by Wendy Hinman
Pub Date 01 Apr 2017
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Last updated on 09 Mar 2017
I would like to thank Netgalley, the publisher and Wendy Hinman for the ARC of "Sea Trials" by Wendy Hinman.
The genres of this book are Nonfiction and Travel
Wendy Hinman writes about the Wilcox family which is her husband's family . They planned to sail around the world in four years on a large Sailboat, "Vela". Due to unforeseen circumstances it took five years. This was around 1973.
Chuck and Dawn Wilcox and their two children made preparation to sail, gathered their passports , money,important papers, schoolwork, and whatever would be needed to start and complete their journey. Dawn . a Nurse, tried to have medications on hand, if needed. She arranged for her children to be sent school work at various ports. They were able to cook, and use electricity when they first started the voyage.
The author uses notes, transcripts photos, and media to describe the journey. Each time the Vela sailed to another port, or country, their passports and papers were checked. The family would have to get to land to go to a Post Office. Of course this was a wonderful experience for the family, especially the children to see various people, cultures and traditions,as well as the scenic countries.
Of course, this journey could be dangerous. Medical issues , such as food poisoning, Scurvy, broken bones, fevers, and more had to be handled. The sea and Mother Nature could be problematic with hurricanes, storms, winds,heat and cold. The biggest upset is when the sailboat hit some reefers and was shipwrecked. The family was lucky to find a house to rent, and tried to get to repair the sailboat.
In the close proximity to each other, there were arguments. At times getting food was difficult. Also everything cost money, and as much as the Wilcox family planned, many additional expenses came up.
In the 1970's the political condition of the world was changing. Egypt and Israel didn't get along, Leadership of countries changed. In some waters there was the threat of pirates.
I found this book fascinating and intriguing. I know I get seasick on the ferry, so I can appreciate how this family wanted to live their dream, even though there were dangers. It is hard to believe that this is a nonfiction book, and I would recommend this to read about a great adventure.
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