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Sailing the Pacific: A Voyage Across the Longest Stretch of Water on Earth, and a Journey into Its Past

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Solo sailors are widely known to be a breed apart, and here’s an unforgettable book that shows just how wide a berth they give themselves from the crowds. Several years ago, Miles Hordern, a schoolteacher by training---though he had run away to sea a few times before---set sail on a twenty-eight-foot boat from New Zealand to South America, the largest uninterrupted stretch ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2003)
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Cheryl
Jan 25, 2016 Cheryl rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading this book; I am quite sure I will never single-handed sail across any ocean so reading this felt like pure vicarious pleasure. There were some fantastically descriptive passages of gales and storms and winds and seas that created a powerful presence in my mind. What the author did seems incredibly risky and amazing, but he doesn't seem to be able to celebrate any of his accomplishments, and the way the book ends is rather depressing. While some of the reviews tout it as a voya ...more
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Sep 07, 2011 Mark rated it really liked it
Hordern’s vivid and lyrical depictions of the sea are simply the best. Taking a small boat beyond sight of land is an experience hard to describe, the lure of the ocean like gazing into fire. Add to that the description of the solo sailor’s urge to simply keep on going toward the horizon makes ‘Sailing The Pacific’ an insight into a rare and grand human experience.
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