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Little ship of fools : 16 rowers, 1 improbable boat, 7 tumultuous weeks on the Atlantic /

by Wilkins, Charles (Charles Everett).
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Vancouver ; Berkeley : Greystone Books, [2013]Description: xiii, 305 pages, 8 pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9781553658788 :; 1553658787.Title notes: $18.95 1-2015 (db)Subject(s): Boats and boating -- Atlantic Ocean | Adventure and adventurers -- Atlantic Ocean | Atlantic OceanSummary: The dramatic and hilarious story of sores and survival on a human-powered journey across the ocean. It was to be an expedition like no other--a run across the Atlantic from Morocco to Barbados aboard an experimental rowboat. There would be no support vessel, no stored water, no sails, no motor. The boat's crew of sixteen included several veterans of U.S. college rowing, a number of triathletes, a woman who had rowed both the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, and a scrawny, bespectacled sexagenarian -- our chronicler, Charles Wilkins.
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Longlisted for the 2013 Charles Taylor Prize <br> <br> The dramatic and hilarious story of risk and survival, as well as the importance of our connections to the planet, on a human-powered journey across the ocean.<br> <br> It was to be an expedition like no other--a run across the Atlantic from Morocco to Barbados aboard an experimental rowboat. There would be no support vessel, no stored water, no sails or motor. The boat's crew of sixteen included several veterans of U.S. college rowing, a number of triathletes, a woman who had rowed both the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, and a scrawny sexagenarian looking for a last great challenge--our chronicler, Charles Wilkins.<br> <br> When he joined the expedition, Wilkins had never swung an oar in earnest. Accompanied by a devoted crew of misadventurers, Wilkins takes the reader along for seven weeks of rationed food, extreme sleep deprivation, and life-threatening seas--as well as sharks, whales, and an ever-disintegrating boat. Little Ship of Fools is a rich and fascinating story of courage, community, the importance of risk in our lives, and the resilience and depth of the human spirit.<br>

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The dramatic and hilarious story of sores and survival on a human-powered journey across the ocean. It was to be an expedition like no other--a run across the Atlantic from Morocco to Barbados aboard an experimental rowboat. There would be no support vessel, no stored water, no sails, no motor. The boat's crew of sixteen included several veterans of U.S. college rowing, a number of triathletes, a woman who had rowed both the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, and a scrawny, bespectacled sexagenarian -- our chronicler, Charles Wilkins.

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At the start of 2011, Wilkins (Paddle to the Amazon), an amiable Canadian -sixtysomething, set off with 15 other men and women to row a specially designed boat from Tarfaya, Morocco, to Port St. Charles, Barbados. Atlantic Ocean rowing got its start in the 1960s; since then those undertaking voyages have competed for the best crossing times. The goal of the Big Blue rowers was to break a record, but, as Wilkins relates, stuff happens. This tale of a voyage across the Atlantic demonstrates that the greatest challenges to the trip were not out in the waves and storms but aboard the vessel. Cramped, smelly cabins; leadership issues; disappointing breakfasts and tedious snacks; differing ability levels; hogging of the satellite phone; and injuries all contributed to stress and crabbiness. The upside was the very real accomplishment of a completed passage and the experience of a lifetime. Months later, rowers are still "out there" with the flying fish, stars, and whales. VERDICT An inspiring read and a great adventure tale for those who wonder what it would be like to crowd into a small boat for seven weeks of sleepless, hungry, back-breaking, and exhilarating toil.--Melissa Stearns, Franklin Pierce Univ. Lib., Rindge, NH (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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