- Paperback: 608 pages
- Publisher: Magic Valley Publishers (Aug. 1 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0984527532
- ISBN-13: 978-0984527533
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.2 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 454 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,240,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Sailing Elsewhere Paperback – Aug 1 2011
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About the Author
Matt was born in Alton, Ontario, Canada in 1944 and lived there until, at age 20, he took off and moved to Redondo Beach, California to find warmer weather. While living in Canada he was known as “Harry”, a name that he didn’t think fit. It was not his legal name so he just started using the one on his birth certificate. Four years in the American Navy soon followed during which time he became an American citizen. The navy service occurred during the Viet Nam War but his deployments were to the Caribbean and Mediterranean. The Navy, at the time, was spending its time playing chicken with Russian shipping. This was not combat, by any means, but that is what Uncle Sam assigned him to do. After being released from the navy, Matt and Judy moved to Key West, Florida to pursue a career with AT&T. After a short stay there they returned to California and he worked back and forth between AT&T and Pacific Bell for the next twenty-seven years. They have a daughter, Tracy, and a son Trevor. An early retirement opportunity was presented to him in 1996. He took it and went sailing, which is what this book is all about. Matt and Judy now live in Antioch, California. You can reach Matt by email at firstname.lastname@example.org --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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By foot, horseback, taxies, cars and buses; by swimming, canoe, dinghy, launch and sailboat; from north in Canada to Northern Peru; from shores of the Pacific in North and South America to central Pacific islands, people and places are visited, described, and befriended by Matt and Judy. What an adventure: mountain tops and jungle rivers, sites abandoned in antiquity, generous friends and strangers, pickpockets and petty bureaucrats...all tied wonderfully together by the journey, by the sailing of the 38 foot Elsewhere. Enough of the joys and tribulations of the open-water sailor intermingle to create both the envy and the awe that prevail while reading.
This is a great book about one person's ability to realize, after retirement, the adventure he planned. Especially for anyone who dreams of sailing in the cruising mode to distant and exotic places it is a great introduction, giving the feeling of what can be accomplished by those of us with relatively normal skills and financial resources.