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The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gol...
by Daniel James Brown

Language

English

Pages

417

Publication Date

June 04, 2013

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<b>The #1聽<i>New York Times</i>鈥揵estselling story about American Olympic triumph in Nazi Germany and now the inspiration for the PBS documentary 鈥淭he聽Boys of 鈥?6'.鈥?lt;br /><br /></b>For readers of聽<i>Unbroken</i>, out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times鈥攖he improbable, intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant.<br /><br /> It was an unlikely quest from the start. With a team composed of the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington鈥檚 eight-oar crew team was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did, going on to shock the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler. The emotional heart of the tale lies with Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not only to regain his shattered self-regard but also to find a real place for himself in the world. Drawing on the boys鈥?own journals and vivid memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, Brown has created an unforgettable portrait of an era, a celebration of a remarkable achievement, and a chronicle of one extraordinary young man鈥檚 personal quest.
Coastal Breeze: Book One in the Bluewater Breeze Series
by Ed Robinson

Language

English

Pages

319

Publication Date

August 29, 2019

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Breeze is made an offer he can鈥檛 refuse. A three million dollar yacht is his for the taking, but there are strings attached. He鈥檚 sent to Panama to repossess the vessel from its current captain, who becomes an unlikely ally during a mission to Colombia. <br />He desperately wants to get home to Florida, but the return trip is fraught with problems and complicated by the uneasy relationship with his passenger. Any attempt to come to terms with the loss of his lover must wait for the completion of the journey. <br />A new life awaits if he can stay alive long enough to realize it. <br />
The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History T...
by Kevin Fedarko

Language

English

Pages

433

Publication Date

May 07, 2013

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From one of <i>Outside</i> magazine鈥檚 鈥淟iterary All-Stars鈥?comes the thrilling true tale of the fastest boat ride ever, down the entire length of the Colorado River and through the Grand Canyon, during the legendary flood of 1983.<br /><br />In the spring of 1983, massive flooding along the length of the Colorado River confronted a team of engineers at the Glen Canyon Dam with an unprecedented emergency that may have resulted in the most catastrophic dam failure in history. In the midst of this crisis, the decision to launch a small wooden dory named 鈥淭he Emerald Mile鈥?at the head of the Grand Canyon, just fifteen miles downstream from the Glen Canyon Dam, seemed not just odd, but downright suicidal.<br /> <br />The Emerald Mile, at one time slated to be destroyed, was rescued and brought back to life by Kenton Grua, the man at the oars, who intended to use this flood as a kind of hydraulic sling-shot. The goal was to nail the all-time record for the fastest boat ever propelled鈥攂y oar, by motor, or by the grace of God himself鈥攄own the entire length of the Colorado River from Lee鈥檚 Ferry to Lake Mead. Did he survive? Just barely. Now, this remarkable, epic feat unfolds here, in <i>The Emerald Mile</i>.<b></b>
Force of Nature: Mind, Body, Soul, And, of Course, Surfing
by Laird Hamilton

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English

Pages

256

Publication Date

August 31, 2010

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Laird Hamilton has been hailed as the world's greatest big-wave surfer. His first book, <i>Force of Nature</i>, allows readers a rare glimpse inside the unique philosophy that has created his circumstances, and not the other way around. After all, this is a man whose biological father abandoned him shortly after he was born; whose first job was working on a pig far; who dropped out of school in eleventh grade. And then the career decision: surfer. Though earning enough to pay the rent as any kind of surfer is next to impossible, Hamilton has ended up in the place we all desire to be: doing exactly what he loves, becoming the world's best in the process, making a great living, being surrounded by nature and family, radiating peak health and fitness, and succeeding by any definition of the word.<br /><br />How did he get there? And more importantly, how can the rest of us join him?<br /><br /><i>Force of Nature</i> is a detailed map to that destination, with Laird Hamilton as the reader's guide. It's not about chasing trophies or accolades or cash. It's about quality over quantity, soul and being true to your physical, mental, and spiritual roots. Not only is it possible to thrive in the modern world without adopting its harmful habits, it's essential. And not only has Hamilton mastered this balance, he makes a compelling and articulate case that anyone who wants to can do the same.<br /><br />This book is a deeply authoritative and cutting-edge guide to peak fitness in mind, body, sould, and surfing. It comes directly from the source and his inner circle, which includes those at the vanguard of sports, training, nutrition, and more. Former pro volleyball player Gabrielle Reece; surf legend Dave Kalama; fitness gurus Paul Chek, T.R. Goodman, and Don Wildman; and Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis all contribute their knowledge. Readers will get an all-access pass into an elite world filled with definitive and provocative ideas.
Adrift [Movie tie-in]: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Survival ...
by Tami Oldham Ashcraft

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English

Pages

237

Publication Date

May 29, 2018

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<p><strong><em>New York Times </em>Bestseller </strong></p><p><strong>The heart-stopping memoir, soon to be a major motion picture starring Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin, and directed by Baltasar Korm謾kur (<em>Everest</em>).</strong></p><p><strong>鈥淎n inspirational and empowering read.鈥?lt;/strong><strong>鈥擲hailene Woodley</strong></p><p>Young and in love, their lives ahead of them, Tami Oldham and her fianc茅 Richard Sharp set sail from Tahiti under brilliant blue skies, with Tami鈥檚 hometown of San Diego as their ultimate destination. But the two free spirits and avid sailors couldn鈥檛 anticipate that less than two weeks into their voyage, they would sail directly into one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history. They found themselves battling pounding rain, waves the size of skyscrapers, and 140 knot winds. Richard tethered himself to the boat and sent Tami below to safety, and then all went eerily quiet. Hours later, Tami awakened to find the boat in ruins, and Richard nowhere in sight.</p><p><em>Adrift聽</em>is the story of Tami鈥檚 miraculous forty-one-day journey to safety on a ravaged boat with no motor and no masts, and with little hope for rescue. It鈥檚 a tale of love and survival on the high seas-- an unforgettable story about resilience of the human spirit, and the transcendent power of love.</p>
Escape from the Ordinary
by JULIE BRADLEY

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English

Pages

328

Publication Date

December 13, 2018

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<h3><strong>When you arrive at foreign shores by sailboat, it鈥檚 not such a small world after all.</strong><br /></h3><p><strong>Come along with Glen and Julie as they sail around the world and discover that reality is even bigger than the <em>Escape</em> they imagined.</strong> This breathtakingly personal true story will thrill those wanting to sail off into the sunset or enjoy the wonders of the world from the comfort of home.聽Escape from the Ordinary聽reminds you of the unlimited possibilities in life and nudges the reader into thoughts of their own dreams.聽 Not a technical book about sailing or storm tactics but vividly described, full-tilt adventures on foreign shores. 聽<br /></p><h4>WHAT READERS ARE SAYING <br /></h4><p>鈥淪ecretly, we wish we had it in us, but life, fear, jobs, money or whatever creates roadblocks. What courage they must have had to follow this dream! So many places, so many adventures, and lessons learned. All along, because of Julie's descriptions, you are thinking, "How would I have handled that?" "What would I have done?" I love that it's written from a woman's point of view; and from someone who had little sailing experience. I recommend it highly!鈥?lt;br /></p><p>鈥淐ouldn鈥檛 put it down,鈥?described one reader, 鈥渁s <em>Escape from the Ordinary</em> took me beyond the glimpses of liveaboard life told in sailing and travel magazines.聽 I felt like I was onboard as they fought storms in the north Atlantic their first week at sea, navigated the Panama Canal dwarfed by oil tankers, and snorkeled in crystal clear Polynesian waters.鈥?lt;br /></p><p>鈥淭old with keen observations and sparkling with wry humor, Julie Bradley describes the terrors and pleasures of living an independent life where simple decisions have big consequences; where the mundane is seconds away from a life-threatening scare; and where seafaring obstacles can pale next to facing personal challenges.聽 If you have an ounce of adventure in your soul, read this book.鈥澛?聽</p><p>鈥淥rdinary people can do extraordinary things...This is not a trip to Cabo for a two-week vacation.聽 This is true life 鈥? on the edge real adventure.聽 I loved it鈥︹€?<em>Amazon Reviewer</em><br /></p><h4>GREAT PEOPLE, PLACES AND PROSE<br /></h4><p>You will want an atlas by your side as you travel from one epic adventure to the next with Glen and Julie on board their floating home; an Amel sailboat.聽 Immerse yourself deeply into islands and cultures and come along as they dodge voodoo curses in the Bahamas, claw their way out of an underwater cavern in the South Pacific, and experience adventures of a lifetime in places such as:</p><p>* Bequia<br />* Caribbean<br />* Trinidad<br />* Venezuela<br />* Colombia<br />* San Blas islands<br />* Peru<br />* Galapagos Islands<br />* Marquesas Islands<br />* Tuamotu Islands<br />* Tahiti<br />* Palmerston Island<br />* Niue<br />* Tonga<br />* New Zealand<br />* Fiji<br /></p>
The History of Surfing
by Matt Warshaw

Language

English

Pages

495

Publication Date

April 29, 2011

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Matt Warshaw knows more about surfing than any other person on the planet. After five years of research and writing, Warshaw has crafted an unprecedented history of the sport and the culture it has spawned. At nearly 500 pages, with 250,000 words and more than 250 rare photographs, <em>The History of Surfing</em> reveals and defines this sport with a voice that is authoritative, funny, and wholly original. The obsessive nature of this endeavor is matched only by the obsessive nature of surfers, who will pore through these pages with passion and opinion. A true category killer, here is the definitive history of surfing.
Sailing to the Edge of Time: The Promise, the Challenges, and the...
by John Kretschmer

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English

Pages

288

Publication Date

November 13, 2018

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John Kretschmer is sailing's practical philosopher 鈥?as much a doer as a thinker. And that is the overarching theme of this chronicle of a sailing life. Often amusing, sometimes poignant, occasionally terrifying but always inspiring, his deeply personal account is a welcome reminder of the good life waiting at sea.<br /> <br />With hundreds of thousands of nautical miles under his keel, John's adventures have taken him several times around the world, with challenging crossings of the Atlantic and the Pacific, a narrow escape from a coup in Yemen, an unlikely deliverance from a coral reef off Belize as well as more serene, introspective passages where trade winds are blowing and stories are flowing. His crew has included CEOs, actors, writers, teachers, kids 鈥?in essence, everyone.<br /> <br />John's narrative is interwoven with practical tips and advice in seamanship, but also, and just as importantly, his hard-won insights about making the most of our lives. He truly believes we find out who we really are, and what we are capable of, far from the shackles of land, when we find a place where time changes shape 鈥?days may merge into one another, but minutes are memorable.<br /> <br />To live adventurously is to live more fully, and that is the life John Kretschmer continues to live. In this book he shares his simple profundities that will inspire those who live to sail, and those seeking something more rewarding from life.
Chapman Piloting & Seamanship 68th Edition (Chapman Piloting and ...
by Chapman

Language

English

Pages

920

Publication Date

November 14, 2017

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The leading authoritative boating reference for close to a century. Includes up-to-date information on boating laws, regulations and safety tips, as well as complete discussions of weather, tide, currents, and navigation--addresses every issue that a boater faces.<br />
Don Casey's Complete Illustrated Sailboat Maintenance Manual: Inc...
by Don Casey

Language

English

Pages

896

Publication Date

October 06, 2005

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<p><b>The definitive guide from the world's best-known sailboat maintenance expert</b></p> <p><i>Don Casey鈥檚 Complete Illustrated Sailboat Maintenance Manual</i> combines six core volumes into a single, utterly dependable resource that answers every frequent question, explains every major system, and helps you keep your boat and its components shipshape.</p> <p>More than 2,500 clear and detailed illustrations guide you step by step through every procedure. Casey鈥檚 technical virtuosity, his user-friendly explanations, and Peter Compton's diesel engine expertise make even the more complicated repairs and improvements easy to understand. This must-have guide saves you time, money, and grief as you learn the fastest, easiest, most effective ways to:</p> <ul> <li>Evaluate the condition of your boat or one you鈥檙e about to purchase</li> <li>Repair structural damage to your fiberglass sailboat</li> <li>Improve or repair your sailboat鈥檚 electrical system</li> <li>Troubleshoot, maintain, and repair your boat鈥檚 diesel engine</li> <li>Put a professional-looking finish on your boat鈥檚 hull, deck, spars, wood, and trim</li> <li>Make and repair sails, sail covers, dodgers, awnings, sailbags, and bimini tops</li> </ul>

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