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Ready to Come About

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  80 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Three hundred nautical miles from shore, I‘m cold and sick and afraid. I pray for reprieve. I long for solid ground. And I can‘t help but ask myself, What the hell was I thinking?

When Sue Williams set sail for the North Atlantic, it wasn’t a mid-life crisis. She had no affinity for the sea. And she didn’t have an adventure-seeking bone in her body.
Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 18th 2019 by Dundurn
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Rob Simpson
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There’s an art to telling an epic tale, and Sue Williams does it with an engaging mix of sensitivity, humour, and aplomb. She spins a tale that intertwines the nuances of family dynamics with the ostensibly straightforward challenges of taking on nature. In each of these domains, she succeeds, making this a compelling and thoroughly enjoyable read. In my experience, most books documenting epic journeys leave me feeling that I am reading about superhuman people who are vastly superior to me, and ...more
Sue’s husband has a health scare and soon thereafter, he’s laid off his job. They’re in their fifties and their first instinct is to panic, but then Sue changes course and suggests that rather than wait for retirement, the two of them should fulfil David’s life-long dream of sailing across the ocean. With barely any sailing experience, this perhaps wasn’t the wisest decision they could have made, but they realized life is too short and there’s no time like the present.

Sue’s description of their
Priscilla Monteith
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Compelling read both from the perspective of the courageous journey across the Atlantic but also the journey of parents as they learn to let their children become the incredible beings that they were destined to become. Loved the humor and the insights the author gained from the journey,
Miriam Purtill
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Initially, I thought why would anyone want to sail across the Atlantic when it involved eternal careening from disaster to discomfort? But that is exactly what Joseph Campbell's hero-quest is: the hero's reluctant acceptance of the call to adventure, of incessant setbacks and ultimate return that results in personal insights and benefits for her community.
Odysseus is extraordinary because he is a wily, warrior-strong demigod who has powerful friends in all the right places.This protagonist is ex
Ines Davis
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One doesn't need to be a "sailor" or a parent to thoroughly enjoy Ready to Come About. The quality of the writing, the plot and the vivid character descriptions all make this book a "good read". Sue Williams' honesty regarding her emotions about the adventure, about her children and about her relationships made this story resonate with me. Her sense of humour and skill at weaving it throughout, created a number of "laugh out loud" moments. The message Ready to Come About delivers is relevant for ...more
Sharon Kittson
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What can I say without being biased? I've known and liked Sue and her family for many years, our children played together when they were young. To hear that she authored a book made me curious and I immediately ordered it from the publisher. It was like speaking with an old friend, Sue writes the way she speaks, clear, energetic enthusiastic and colourful. I was on that boat with her and David on every swell and every time she experienced sea sickness! Every thought and questioning she had about ...more
Jane Litchfield
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book appealed to me on many levels. I love stories about “ordinary” people achieving extraordinary things. (Although I can no longer think of Sue as ordinary.) I also love efficient and careful use of words, and Sue delivers, keeping this story moving at a breezy pace, and putting me right there on the boat with her. (Although I’m glad I wasn’t on it.) I am also interested in the eternal question of when parents should prop up our growing (or grown) children, and when we should let them fal ...more
Lisa Paulaharju
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sue's book took me on a journey to many different places -- childhood memories, love of the sea, being in a place where one has to let go of so many things and just be in the present. Her courage on this voyage, physically and mentally, is an inspiration, and is so relatable, even to those who aren't parents. We all have our own paths to follow, and we need to take risks and face adversity in order to really grow. Sue provides us with a deep and meaningful narrative, and quite a few laughs, in s ...more
Adam Honsinger
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Like the craft Sue Williams and her husband cross the Atlantic in, the writing in this story is deft and seaworthy. Filled with equal measures of blue water tension and parental worry. Ready to Come About is as much about a courageous journey as it is about family, following your dreams, and letting go.
—Adam Lindsay Honsinger
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Ready to Come About" had me living a sailing adventure I would never have the guts to attempt.....................and touches on the realization every parent must come to.
Sue is a delightful raconteur, with a story to tell!
Dianne Eastwood
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the type of book all mothers would like to write-honest and open how we try to make everything right and then somehow we find ourselves in all the commotion
Joel Rendall
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A wonderfully-written adventure, featuring inspiring anecdotes about unconditionally supporting your partner's dreams, overcoming adversity with a playful attitude, and coming to terms with giving your children space as they find their own paths in the world. ...more
T.K. Thorne
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful book and an amazing, true adventure.
Terry Johnson
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
We bought Sue and David's sailboat many moons ago. So reading this, I felt an extra connection to the author and her journey. Loved it. ...more
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
A thoroughly enjoyable seagoing adventure story written with style and precision. An ex-sailor myself, I can assure you that it is highly realistic and includes just the right amount of boating jargon and terminology to be easily understood by all.
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was recommended by a good friend who happens to be a neighbour of the author. I'm so glad she did, as I thoroughly enjoyed it. I can't imagine having the guts to attempt a voyage like this, especially when it wasn't her dream; it was her husband's. It took such courage and a huge leap of faith to leave her family and friends for a year long adventure. ...more
Apr 06, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
For someone who has a hard time getting on the ferry over to one of our islands which is only 20 minutes away I can not image anyone doing this type of trip and putting themselves in this type of danger. But we all have our own scratches to itch and for David Williams this was his and his wife joined him in his quest.

Just reading of all the problems and issues that arose which was one thing after another. O M G !!! Loved reading about the adventures and mostly those in the Azores in Sao Miguel.
Leona King
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great inspiration and I greatly admire this couple for following a passion (David's) and showing us the strength of a loving relationship. I'm a prairie girl so the first part of the trip had me on the edge of my chair and vowing never to board a sailboat; while the second part had me longing to travel to some of their stops. Good writing, nice mix of sailing, travelogue, family and a loving relationship. ...more
Jan 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
An excellent read! What a great adventure for this couple to embark on. Despite many obstacles they pursued a dream and conquered what many would deem as impossible situations. Truly an inspirational story! Would have rated with more than 5 stars if I could have! Was also fortunate to meet this author in person and she is lovely! Thanks Sue for a great read!
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I’ve read SO many books about people sailing around the world, and most were no more than either a string of locations, or some picturesque idea, but THIS book here had the warmth of family, the insights of a sailor, and the wisdom of age.
One of the very best books on this subject.
Would LOVE to count this couple as my friends.
Barbara Kyle
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography-memoir
A thrilling adventure, a profound love story, and a testament of self-discovery that will make you cheer. Williams is a fine writer - both bold and sensitive - and she has created an empowering memoir that's a true page-turner. ...more
Cathie Cole
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Watched their presentation on their trip via Zoom and l was in awe .
Will now read Sue’s book .
Dale Lane
Jul 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read

A good read of sailing, family, realization, growth, acceptance, adventure, chasing a dream, accomplishment, adversity, challenges, overcoming & coming full circular.
Nikki Everts
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A delightfully written narrative - almost made me want to take up sailing. I could really relate to the issues that convince Sue she needed to make this daring commitment to danger and adventure.
Pam Nesbitt
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Interesting true Canadian story. I would never go on such an adventure I thought they were crazy the whole time I read the story but admire their courage.
C.S. O’Cinneide
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An incredible tale of mid-life adventure on the high seas, navigating the Atlantic as well as the trials of parenting adult children. Sue makes me want to sail off and do something brave and wonderful with my life. Make sure you get onboard.
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Author from Guelph
Katharine Miya
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great read! This adventure memoir had so many layers to cling to and moments to ponder about my own experience as an empty nester.....and yes David was right, Sue Williams you are a great writer!
Sue Williams’ and her husband David had always had a vague idea that he would cross an ocean. It was a distant retirement plan progressing slowly - they bought a boat, David took a few courses, researched, etc. For a number of reasons it became expedient to go soon – not in retirement. David wasn’t really ready for solo sailing, so Sue volunteered to go too. They would cross the Atlantic - Canada to Europe, Europe to the Caribbean. They researched, planned, knew what to expect and, as you might ...more
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