It was an age without GPS and the Internet, without high-tech monitoring and instantaneous reporting. And it was a time when women simply didn't do such things. None of this deterred Sharon Sites Adams. In June 1965, Adams made history as the first woman to sail solo from the mainland United States to Hawaii. Four years later, just as Neil Armstrong very publicly stepped onto the moon, the diminutive Adams, alone and unobserved, finally sighted Point Arguello, California, after 74 days sailing a 31-foot ketch from Japan, across the violent and unpredictable Pacific. She was the first woman to do so, setting another world record.
Inspiring and exciting, Adams's memoir recounts the personal path leading to her historic achievements: a tomboy childhood in the Oregon high desert, an early marriage and painful divorce, and a second marriage that ended when her husband died of cancer. In the wake of his death and almost by accident, Adams discovered sailing. Six weeks after her first sailing lesson, she bought a boat, and within eight months, she set out to achieve her first world record. Pacific Lady recounts the inward journey that paralleled her sailing feats, as Adams drew on every scrap of courage and navigational skill she could muster to overcome the seasickness, exhaustion, and loneliness that marked her harrowing crossings.
The book is published by University of Nebraska Press.
"Adams' inspirational tale is a groundbreaking journey worth taking." (Booklist)
"A truly inspiring story for anyone dreaming of taking on a challenge!" (The Feast)
"This record of Adams' extraordinary and understated adventures adds to the history of women's single-handed sailing." (Sports in History)
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Woman and the Sea
I loved, loved, LOVED this audiobook! First, I will confess that I have always been fascinated and drawn to stories involving the ocean-probably from my experiences along the New Jersey shore each summer as a kid. Nevertheless, I was completely swept up by Pacific Lady's accounts at sea, and I often felt anxious waiting to hear what would happen next. This was an incredible story, and you can't help but appreciate and admire such an amazing person! Also, I found the unique cadence of the narrator's voice to be appealing, effortlessly transporting me upon a boat in the Pacific with our heroine.
I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.