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Maiden Voyage

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  2,270 ratings  ·  213 reviews
Tania Aebe was an eighteen-year-old dropout and barfly. She was going nowhere until her father offered her a challenge. He would offer her either a college education or a twenty-six-foot sloop in which she had to sail around the world alone. She chose the boat and for two years it was her home, as she negotiated weather, illness, fear, and ultimately, a spiritual quest tha ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 29th 1996 by Ballantine Books (first published 1989)
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D. Pam, the answer I'd give is: if you moderate the discussion. Tania's father is an unusual dad, and this could get some great discussion going among…morePam, the answer I'd give is: if you moderate the discussion. Tania's father is an unusual dad, and this could get some great discussion going among teens. There's plenty of family "dysfunction" (so common these days) and on parts of her trip she encounters violence, but nothing I wouldn't let my kids read. The book makes an interesting contrast with Huckleberry Finn (Huck rafted the Miss, while Tania sails the whole world) and I think most students would enjoy the contrast!(less)
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Natalie
Sep 06, 2010 rated it liked it
In my GR favorite quotes you'll find the following: "There's nothing ... absolutely nothing ... half so much worth doing as simply messing around in boats" -these words of Kenneth Grahame's from Wind in the Willows were cemented in my mind by my boat building father from such a young age that I can't remember ever not knowing them! or doubting them. After reading Aebi's memoir, it is clear that these words of wisdom are still worth quoting today! If you ever wake up and question whether what you ...more
Richard
Dec 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
As a present for her high school graduation, Tania Aebi receives a 26 sailboat from her father with the admonition that she needs to sail around the world to increase her awareness of the world. This is the account of this voyage. I have read this book 2-3 times because I like sailing books. I've sailed around the world with 4-5 people over the years (from my easy chair.) I will read this again,.

March 2015
This is a re-reading of this book, perhaps the 3rd time. An 18-year-old girl is told by her
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Denise
Sep 10, 2012 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the book and reading about the adventures of the author's trip around the world. That being said, I found the idea that a father would send his daughter out on a boat with the preparation that this girl had, ludicrous. That paired with the fact that he was available and able to fly to her aid, or send much needed items at her every request, made this story hard for me to identify with. The story as told seemed to come from someone far more mature than even the author was when she finis ...more
Veronica
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography
This book is so inspiring. I still find it hard to believe that Tania Aebi set out as an eighteen-year-old to circumnavigate the world. And she succeeded! Despite the fact that through this feat she definitely earned bragging rights, she is not braggy or boastful at all, but incredibly humble. She is very honest about her fears and feelings of inadequacy and, at times, her desire to quit. She is truly an inspiration to me!

Additionally, I found the writing beautiful. She knows how to put togethe
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Jacob Smith
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a fun adventure book that makes me want to feel the wind and spray on my face. This is more than an adventure story in that there are practical tips for anyone to learn that is out sailing the ocean. Also, there are at times philosophical asides that show Tania's growth from a rebellious teenager into a young woman that is wiser than her cohorts.
Jessica
May 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This book is a memoir of the author's trip around the world, alone, in a 26' sailboat, the conclusion of which trip made her both the youngest person and the first female to circumnavigate the world alone.

Tania Aebi was 18 in 1985 when she left New York on the sailboat Varuna, and that departure marked the first time she had ever handled a boat by herself. She (alongside siblings and family friends) had served as "crew" on her father's sailboat before, but he'd handled most of the actual work of
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Stephanie
Oct 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads, memoir
My boyfriend and I have been seriously discussing getting a sailboat and taking off to see the world, so naturally I've turned to one of my favorite hobbies - reading - to educate and inform myself on what doing something like that might actually be like.

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Although not instantly hooked in the beginning or even midway through, I stuck with it and ended up really enjoying Tania's story. The beginning is a bit choppy and the writing style takes some getting u
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Ben Starling
Apr 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: ocean-books
Just finished Maiden Voyage by Tania Aebi. It describes her solo circumnavigation starting at age 18 from New York in 1985 and finishing 2 years later in 1987.

Zipped through the whole book in less than a day. Obviously a gripping tale.

The stuff I loved:
* She did it at 18 years old - holy shiny binnacles, Batman!
* She did it on a boat that was only 26 feet long!
* At the time, she was the youngest person ever to circumnavigate (minus 80 km during which she had a friend on board)
* She seemed like
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William Graney
Jul 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
I ended up liking this book a lot more than I thought I was going to at the beginning. The way Tania matured throughout the process was interesting and her way of giving credit to everyone but herself showed a level of character unusual for one that young (or any age).
I kept projecting myself into her role and wondered how I would have handled the obstacles she faced when I was that age. I’m certain I wouldn’t have done as well as she did and I doubt I would have had integrity to handle the lon
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basia
May 16, 2013 added it
I received this book as a gift my senior year of high school from the teacher who supervised our literary magazine. I read it back then and loved it. From that reading, I mostly remember descriptions of the author sailing into foreign ports, hanging out with fellow sailors, and eating fruit. It made me want to follow in her footsteps.

This time around I noticed things I didn't pay attention to the first time. The way her father manipulated her into this "adventure." The way, after she begins her
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Tiffany
May 09, 2014 rated it liked it
An enjoyable and interesting memoir. If you don't sail, some of the jargon used in descriptions of what goes on at various points in the journey are hard to understand, but in the end that doesn't distract from the theme of the book. It is was particularly interesting to read about the things she learned to do as she went(navigating for example). She was both fortunate in the beginning and innovative in solving problems that came up. Coming of age/learning to do hard things stories come in many ...more
Amber
An incredible recounting of one young girl's incredibly foolish but amazing goal of circumnavigating to world in a sailboat by herself. I finished this book in a daze, it sucked me in. I travelled around the world with Tania from my flight to Utah. Maybe it was especially poignant to me as I had just gotten back from an international whirlwind trip to Peru. But I felt like I lived that trip with her. The emotions and the worries were portrayed in such a real way, that I couldn't help but feel as ...more
Nancy Kilgore
May 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Maiden Voyage is a true story of a young woman's adventure sailing solo around the world at the age of eighteen. Not the kind of book I would normally pick up, I couldn't put it down. More than a tale of adventure and courage on the high seas, Maiden Voyage delves into the dynamics of Tania's fascinating family, the struggles in her heart, and the drama of falling in love, all portrayed with poetic sensibility and literary integrity.
Lindsey Scully
Jun 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Such a good book. I'm amazed at what Tania had went thru at the age of 18-21, I can't even begin to imagine how I would have coped with any of the situations that arose during her voyage! (Although she is quite lucky to have had a wealthy father)

Great book and it has helped me in deciding where I should go when I circumnavigate the world in a sailboat with friends in a few years!
Denise
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sailors will enjoy this one.

I came away grateful that my sailing dream includes a partner. This was one tough adventure!
Jayway
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
As the proud keeper of a Contessa 26, how could I not be enchanted and mesmerized by this wonderful tale of circumnavigation. Recommended reading.
Neeka
Sep 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves boats or thinks of escaping
Recommended to Neeka by: Bob
Loved it! I want to sail the world now! Well, maybe not but it's a truly inspiring book that makes you want to experience more out of life.
Janny
Sep 25, 2010 added it
Shelves: borrowed
As nautical recounts of single hand voyages go, this was refreshing and delightful.
Daneeblanche
May 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
this is on my "top books ever read" list.
I highly highly recommend this book...
I mean, it is a true story... and unbelievably adventurous!
Jim Leckband
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In a Monte Carlo simulation, usually done with computers, a scenario with complex inputs is run through many times with randomized parameters to estimate the percentages of possible outcomes. This is done when solving the systems in any analytical (i.e. on paper so to speak) way is just impossible.

"Maiden Voyage" is one outcome of a real life Monte Carlo simulation where Tania Aebi did not meet an unrecoverable disaster. What we are missing are the 999 out of 1000 Tania Aebi voyages that did suc
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JuliaSt
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book. I think her story is very inspiring and the way it's written made me not want to stop reading the book. I'd recommend this to anyone who loves adventurous travel literature with a pinch of romance.
Shane McGarrett
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book...infact i have read it a couple of times over the years. A true story of a couragous journey. If you like ocean adventures.... you gotta read this one.
MARY WHARTON ALEXANDER
I really enjoyed this book. It made me want to buy a sailboat and learn to sail. I figure if she can do it so can I.
Berit
Jun 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-club
Good read - well-written book, but I wanted more details. The parts where she discussed her family and her mother specifically were so fascinating. I definitely wanted more details.
Jodi Griffin
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
LOVED THIS BOOK.
Amy Kendall
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing inspiring story, I love how she writes about not only the sailing around the world, but also about her life and the troubles she faced growing up.
Pam Strachan
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you're interested in sailing this is a great read. What at achievement!
She sailed around the world in a Contessa 26 and we have just bought a Contessa 28. I doubt if we will sail so far.
Carlien
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nederlandse titel:Solo. Echt een inspirerend reisverslag van een jonge vrouw. Je zeilt echt mee.
Kita
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent true adventure book, makes you think why you are not going on sailing south seas right away :)
Sheryl
May 09, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, I enjoyed this story, for that is what it is, a story. I have to take with a grain of salt the memories of over 30 years ago for it to be autobiographical. The author is around my age, and I can tell you, I could not describe to the detail this book has of her travels of my life in the 80's. But I did enjoy the book.

I do have to say I feel no love for her father in anyway. I feel her dad's way of dealing with how Tania rebelled in her teen years, which was a normal reaction to her parent's i
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At the age of 18 she set off from New York on a solo circumnavigation of the globe in a 26 foot sailboat, Varuna. She returned at the age of 21 and Maiden Voyage is a memoir of her solo trip around the world.

Upon her return she married Olivier, a fellow sailor she met on her trip. Although they would later divorce, she went on to raise two sons with him, earned her BA and MFA, as well as her capt
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