Sail to the ends of the Earth and back again without leaving your favorite chair.
When Beth Leonard and her partner, Evans Starzinger, returned from a three-year, 35,000-mile circumnavigation, they thought they were done with offshore voyaging. But neither realized how irrevocably they had been changed by their experience, nor how irresistible the siren song of the sea would prove. In comparison, life ashore seemed dull and monochrome, and within months, Beth knew she had to go back to sea in order to remain true to the person she had become.
Four years later they set out on their 47-foot aluminum sloop, Hawk, for a journey that lasted six years and took them more than 50,000 miles. They voyaged to Newfoundland, Iceland, Norway, the Caribbean, Ireland, Scotland, Cape Horn, New Zealand, the South Pacific, British Columbia - to the ends of the Earth and back.
Blue Horizons is Beth Leonard's record of that journey. Compiled from her popular columns in Blue Water Sailing magazine, which she wrote along the way, Blue Horizons is more than an adventure saga, more than the log of an extended passage.
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Enthusiastic but flawed
Yes. The book was interesting and I would try another book by Beth Leonard. However I was disappointed by a couple of things. First the book skipped large portions of the journey, and left me wondering what happened in the interim. More disturbing was errors in fact. Many will rely on this good as information before cruising (or in lieu of cruising for arm chair voyagers). As a factual book, presumably relied upon by cruisers, this is particularly disturbing. One small example is Leonard's definition of Pisco as 'fermented white wine'. This is not only incorrect, but makes no sense (Pisco is the distillate from wine, which Chile produces in abundance). There are a number of other errors that indicate a lack of 'fact checking' on the part of the author.
Joanna Witney gave an enthusiastic (if sometime breathless) performance. However, the mispronunciation of common English words, French terms, and Spanish was very annoying and distracting. I would have expect the reader to research the pronunciation of common (and for the story very important) words such as 'archipelago'. Many people will use the book as a reference, before cruising (or as an armchair substitute for causing) so accuracy is important. The book is over acted, which is a it off putting.
It is very important in a book such as this that both the facts and the pronunciation are correct. Unfortunately, the author and the performer (respectively) fell down in these areas.
- Dr. X
Makes me wanna go!
- Jimmy R. Stewart "Able Seaman"