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Blue Water, Green Skipper: A Memoir of Sailing Alone Across the Atlantic
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The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stone Barrington series tells the true story of his journey sailing alone across the Atlantic Ocean.
Stuart Woods had never owned more than a dinghy before setting out on one of the world’s most demanding sea voyages, navigating single-handedly across the Atlantic. How, at the age of thirty-seven, did this self-proclaimed novice go from small ponds to the big sea?
Now with a new afterword that looks back at how one transatlantic race changed his life, Woods takes readers on a spectacular journey—not just of traveling across the world, but of being tried in fire, learning by accepting challenges, appreciating the beauty of the open water, and living to tell about it.
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Stuart Woods. (2012). Blue Water, Green Skipper: A Memoir of Sailing Alone Across the Atlantic. Penguin Publishing Group.

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Stuart Woods. 2012. Blue Water, Green Skipper: A Memoir of Sailing Alone Across the Atlantic. Penguin Publishing Group.

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Stuart Woods had never owned more than a dinghy before setting out on one of the world’s most demanding sea voyages, navigating single-handedly across the Atlantic. How, at the age of thirty-seven, did this self-proclaimed novice go from small ponds to the big sea?
Now with a new afterword that looks back at how one transatlantic race changed his life, Woods takes readers on a spectacular journey—not just of traveling across the world, but of being tried in fire, learning by accepting challenges, appreciating the beauty of the open water, and living to tell about it.
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        Originally published in 1977, novelist Woods's first book tells the true story of the author's journey to and participation in the 1976 Observer Singlehanded Transatlantic Race (OSTAR). Originally from Georgia, Woods was living in Ireland and working on his first novel when he decided to try his hand at sailing. With a small inheritance from his recently deceased grandfather, Woods commissioned the building of a boat, the Golden Harp, and set about getting ready for the race. The author describes designing the yacht, and discusses other aspects of the preparation for the OSTAR, like seeking sponsors and completing a trial competition from Portsmouth, England to the Azores. Though he was technically disqualified, his performance gave him the confidence needed to attempt the OSTAR. The final chapters detail the drama of the big race, including a loss of electricity just a few days in, a fear of running out of water, thunderstorms in the Gulf Stream, and the unfortunate deaths of two competitors. The passage ultimately took 45 days to complete. This new edition features an afterword in which Woods (Chiefs) reflects on what the race meant to him, and shares other sailing experiences. Casual readers will enjoy the adventurous portions of the tale, but sailing aficionados will get the most out of Woods's journey.

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        June 15, 2012
        Republication of the real-time maritime adventures of the bestselling crime-thriller author. In 1973, fed up with more than a decade in advertising and yet to finish the first of his 50 novels, Woods (Unnatural Acts, 2012, etc.) decided to take time off. He moved to a remote coastal area in Ireland, "an ideal place...[with enough] peace and quiet to make it very difficult to find an excuse not to write." Instead, he tried his hand at sailing, connecting with the local sailing club and becoming quickly hooked, despite an early misadventure with a borrowed dingy in which a rapid incoming tide almost swamped his car. Undaunted, Woods purchased a 30-foot cruising yacht designed to his own specifications. Less than two years later, he had qualified for and entered the 1976 Single-Handed Transatlantic Race. Originally published in 1977, this then-debut memoir describes the author's two-year apprenticeship in the lore of the sea, from navigation to boat design, a journey that culminated in a hair-raising six-week solo, trans-Atlantic sail. Of the 125 boats that started in 1976, 36 dropped out and five sank, and there were two deaths by drowning. The author finished 63rd, an impressive accomplishment. In addition to frightening winds and other nasty weather, Woods' challenges included disturbed sleep, diminishing food and water, a series of structural failings and mechanical problems. Solitude did not prove to be a serious problem, although he suffered from the hallucinatory experience of hearing a nonexistent phone ring. An entertaining adventure tale worthy of republication.

        COPYRIGHT(2012) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        August 1, 2012
        While he was working on what would be his first novel, the award-winning Chiefs (1981), Woods distracted himself by learning how to sail. This, his first published book (it came out in 1977), chronicles his performance in the 1976 OSTAR, the Observer Singlehanded Transatlantic Race. Reprinting this 35-year-old, long-out-of-print book is a smart move: there's potentially a whole new audience for it, thanks to Woods' current stature as a crime-fiction A-lister; fans of his novels, especially those featuring the adventure-loving attorney Stone Barrington (who is, like his creator, an accomplished pilot), will enjoy the opportunity to see Woods experimenting with the craft of writing, getting his literary legs under him as he gets his sea legs. But the book will appeal not just to Woods' fans; it will also draw anyone who enjoys sailing memoirs. Not merely a curiosity (the largely unknown first book by a major writer) but a well-told tale of adversity and triumph on the high seas, this fine work deserves a new and wide audience.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2012, American Library Association.)

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Stuart Woods had never owned more than a dinghy before setting out on one of the world’s most demanding sea voyages, navigating single-handedly across the Atlantic. How, at the age of thirty-seven, did this self-proclaimed novice go from small ponds to the big sea?
Now with a new afterword that looks back at how one transatlantic race changed his life, Woods takes readers on a spectacular journey—not just of traveling across the world, but of being tried in fire, learning by accepting challenges, appreciating the beauty of the open water, and living to tell about it.
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