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Rowboat in a Hurricane: My Amazing Journey Across a Changing Atlantic Ocean Paperback – Sep 15 2008

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Greystone Books; Original edition (Sept. 15 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1553653378
  • ISBN-13: 978-1553653370
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If the story sounds familiar, it should. Colin Angus documented the Atlantic voyage in Beyond the Horizon . . . Here, however, Julie Angus offers the female perspective and draws on her background as a molecular biologist to infuse her tale with statistics about the changing ocean environment . . . Angus writes with such good humour and honesty . . . that any overlap is soon forgotten . . . and you can't help but admire her candour. —Outpost Magazine


Telling a classic survival story from a feminine perspective, Angus's narrative is a first-hand account of waters most people will never visit. —Toronto Star


Rowboat in a Hurricane . . . describes with dismay and alarm the amount of trash floating in the water, most of it plastic . . . The voyage reinforced Angus's sense of the interconnection of land and sea, of how the health of life on land depends on the vitality of the oceans . . . This book is a testament both to human courage and to human destructiveness. Angus deftly weaves personal detail into the story, fleshing out her small cast of characters. —


While I'm on the subject of impressive women . . . Julie became the first woman to row (with Colin) across the Atlantic Ocean from mainland to mainland . . . The Vancouver-Island resident has written about that trip in her new book, Rowboat in a Hurricane. It's a fascinating read from a woman who didn't discover the outdoors until she was 21, and who still claims that she's 'not an adventurer.' —Explore Magazine


When Julie Angus . . . takes to the sea, she dives in deep, as evidenced by her 145-day journey by rowboat across the Atlantic Ocean. Angus's slow-boat venture enabled her to explore the ocean ecosystem up close and chronicle the once-abundant species that are now faced with the threat of devastation. —Granville Magazine


Her book, Rowboat in a Hurricane . . . is an absorbing and inspirational read about their cramped and bone-wearying self-funded sojourn . . . Like many other adventurers before her, Angus bravely sacrificed a host of human comforts to give us a glimpse into an experience most of us wouldn't dare dream of. At the same time, she humbly inspires us to make a small effort to reverse the tide. —Ottawa Citizen


Rowboat in a Hurricane is filled with engaging and insightful personal, historical and scientific anecdotes. The tales are harrowing. —Calgary Herald


About the Author

Julie Angus is the author of Rowboat in a Hurricane: My Amazing Journey Across a Changing Ocean. She is a recipient of the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Award and holds a master’s degree in molecular biology from the University of Victoria. She lives in Comox, British Columbia.

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Having read "Rowed Trip,"co-authored by Julie Angus I looked forward to reading "Rowboat in a Hurricane." I was not disappointed; she writes in a matter of fact style that transports the reader into a small rowboat under all the changing moods of the restless ocean.This book is not just about a couple's challenges of living in cramped togetherness enduring horrifying storms and relentless physical effort.It leaves one with a deep understanding of the problems facing the troubled ecosystem which is the modern-day ocean.
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I was riveted from moment go. I have read many adventure books as I love to travel. I like to be taken places that I would never dare go myself and Julie does this to the T. As I read I felt that I was right there in that rowboat with her. Way to go Julie! As a true adventurer and a great writer!
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By M. Jarvo on Jan. 6 2010
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It is quite the adventure. It kept my interest from beginning to end.
If you ever think of doing something this challenging, you should read this book first. It might change your mind.
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A great adventure wonderful reading for all ages. Looking forward to reading Julie's book on the olives. An inspirational couple.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Spirited adventure story March 17 2009
By M. Hearnden - Published on
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I read lots of global travel/adventure stories and this one rates very high! Julie's writing is very fluid and captivates from the opening pages. She expertly weaves the story of how she quit her secure day job to set out on an expedition with her fiance - in a tiny rowboat, battling hurricanes as they pull on oars and slowly make their way across the Atlantic ocean. I especially liked the descriptions of what it felt like to be alone on the seas, surrounded by the beauty of nature and marine life, and her observant descriptions of how the oceans are being influenced by climate change.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Not your average travelogue March 17 2009
By M Fechete - Published on
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Julie writes about her decision to become the first woman to rowe across the Atlantic ocean, the preparations involved and her choice of a rowing partner, who ultimately ends up being her adventurer fiance.
The thoroughly researched information about the ocean's flora and fauna and their run ins with various creatures along the way is most interesting.
Julie's brisk style made me read this book from cover to cover almost without stopping, and I would have loved to read on about the next step of their journey, the cycling from Costa Rica to Vancouver.
I appreciated her honesty about the hardships of life on a rowboat, and the doubts and fears she encountered along the journey.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Highly recommended March 30 2009
By Godo Stoyke - Published on
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A great story, and an interesting counterpoint and companion to Colin's "Beyond the Horizon", kind of like Don Starkell's "Paddle to the Arctic" and Victoria Jason's "Kabloona in the Yellow Kayak" (except that here the protagonists actually like each other a lot) ... :-)

Godo, author, "The Carbon Charter"
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Excellent adventure journey by two people in love Aug. 20 2014
By G. Barr - Published on
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Excellent adventure journey by two people in love. The author is a good writer with a unique perspective. I love how she interwove the story of Colin and Julie with the rigor of rowing across the Atlantic and also some strong statements about the effects of global warming and her direct observations of environmental changes and pollution in the sea. An all-round great read.
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Adventurous youth Aug. 19 2014
By Kate Booth - Published on
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Wow. The powerful sense of adventure and resilience of the young couple who embarked on this journey kept me riveted to each and every challenge they encountered.The story was exciting, terrifying and down to earth as well as simply well written. Bravo to these wild adventurers.