Blue Water, Green Skipper

  • by Stuart Woods
  • Narrated by Steven Collins
  • 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Stuart Woods had never owned more than a dinghy before setting out on one of the world's most demanding sea voyages, navigating single-handedly across the Atlantic. How, at the age of 37, did this self-proclaimed novice go from small ponds to the big sea?
Now with a new afterword that looks back at how one transatlantic race changed his life, Woods takes listeners on a spectacular journey not just of traveling across the world, but of being tried in fire, learning by accepting challenges, appreciating the beauty of the open water, and living to tell about it.

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For the Hardened Sailor, Novice, and Dreamer Alike

This was an outstanding book that depicts the author’s real-life adventures related to sailing. Starting with a small sailing dingy in Ireland, and ending with sailing in a race across the Atlantic, this was a great description of what sailing is really like including all of the learning, hard work, unexpected failures, boat repairs, and scares along the way.

The author starts in a small town in Ireland where he joins the local sailing club and learns to sail a small mirror dinghy. After buying his own, he starts to compete in local sailing races. Shortly after this, his grandfather and long-time mentor dies. Out of this tragedy he learns that his grandfather left him a rather large sum of money. He decides to use this money to buy a brand new sailing yacht to compete in the long-distance sailing races he is now so enamored with.

He contacts a nearby shipwright to build a custom sailing yacht that he will use for single-handed long-distance sailing. After extensive modifications to the yacht, he enters a sailing race from England to the Azores. While crewed for this race, he sails the yacht back to Ireland on his own.

His journey across the Atlantic in a world-famous annual sailing yacht race is full of adventure, perilous waters, equipment failures, and supply shortages. However, it is out on the ocean that the author discovers more about himself than he ever thought possible.

By now, this author has written dozens of excellent books. However, I will not say that this was the best book I have ever read. You can tell that he was a young and inexperienced writer at the time. BUT, this book is an excellent representation of what sailing is really like, with the good and the bad. I thoroughly enjoyed the adventure.

Narration was very good as well. I hope to hear him narrate other similar adventure stories.

Anyone interested in sailing, whether you’re an experienced sea captain or just dreaming of sailing someday, will enjoy this book. 5 stars!
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- Striker

One of the best narrators I've heard

Where does Blue Water, Green Skipper rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the very best. Both the narrator, Steven Collins, and the author, Stuart Woods, provide huge entertainment and information value.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Blue Water, Green Skipper?

The account by one of the best single handed sailors, who nearly fell off his boat, and after getting back on deck, sat and broke down in tears at the realization of his near demise.


Which scene was your favorite?

The early evolution of the author's sailing skills, especially racing children!


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Smile, especially in the first fourth of the book.


Any additional comments?

I highly recommend this production.

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- TC

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-02-2012
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio