Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Book of the Week

I read this book and thought it was interesting in the concept of taking a trip like that with my dad but also in the adventures and misadventures that they shared. I truly enjoyed it and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys stories of travel and relationships.
~C.S. Webbspun

My Old Man and the Sea by David Hays and Daniel Hays

As a child, David Hays regarded sailing around Cape Horn as the ultimate adventure. Now, in middle age, he makes the voyage with his 24-year-old son, hoping to regain a youthful perspective on life. Daniel, just out of college, wanted time to think about commitment to a career. Together, they built a 25-foot sloop, Sparrow, and set out across the Caribbean, navigating by compass and sextant. Sparrow carried neither motor nor radar, only a two-way, short-range radio. Father and son take turns giving their accounts of the 17,000-mile voyage.

Their course was through the Panama Canal, then south by way of the Galapagos and Easter Islands. On day 179, they passed the Horn, having made 230 miles in 36 hours without being able to search the sky for sights because of the weather; in return for that feat of navigation, Dan became the captain. It is an engaging adventure, and a remarkable story of a father-son relationship. First serial to Sailing magazine; author tour.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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