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Shooting Stars are the Flying Fish of the Night
Linen Press, 2013
This is a book of many voyages.
There is the meandering trail that leads to the right boat for crossing an ocean. There is the preparation – stalled in a sweltering American boatyard while arguments about equipment and finance combine with the narrowing of the hurricane window. There is the crossing itself which starts with the wrong weather, broken boat parts, torn sails, serious leaks and a very seasick crew as Scarlet gets blown off course in unkind seas.
Male and female monologues form the internal voyages. The skipper’s thoughts range from the challenges of fitting a wind vane to almost losing an arm in a tangled genoa to the navigational system of the Puluwat Islanders. His wife describes diminishing supplies, the damp, bruises, blue eggs, jellyfish and her anxiety about the deteriorating health of her son who, suffering from ME, should not have been persuaded to go with them.
External and internal journeys criss-cross as Scarlet sails on across 3000 miles of ocean. She would have told a different story.
Shooting Stars are the Flying Fish of the Night should be compulsory reading for anyone intending to make their first extended offshore trip under sail. It is an endearing human story of three members of a family; father, mother and son battling to survive both physically and emotionally. Few families put thermselves through such a test and then have the courage to commit it all nakedly to paper.
— Chris Hawes, Yacht Fractions
In this book, I recognise many of the mistakes I myself have made. If you dream or plan to sail off into the blue, you will learn from this book. A great read for those who are going or want to go over the horizon!