A Speck on the Sea: Epic Voyages in the Most Improbable Vessels by William H. Longyard

A Speck on the Sea: Epic Voyages in the Most Improbable Vessels by William H. Longyard

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Contains more than seventy accounts of adventures in small boats. This book offers a collection of sea adventures in which small, unlikely crafts completed voyages against great odds. It features seafarers and feats of seamanship including Ed Gillet's kite-powered transpacific kayak voyage and Ben Lecomte's swim across an ocean for love.

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This book contains more than seventy accounts of big adventures in small boats. In "A Speck on the Sea", William Longyard reaches back through five centuries to gather a collection of sea adventures in which the smallest, unlikeliest craft - and the daring individuals aboard them - completed extraordinary voyages against great odds. From canoes and small sailboats to a pair of strap-to-your-feet pontoons, the watercraft in these true stories make nearly as varied a collection as the mariners who piloted them. The intrepid seafarers and their feats of seamanship include: Ed Gillet's kite-powered transpacific kayak voyage Gladys Gradely's 1902 quest to become the first woman to solo the Atlantic; Ben Lecomte's swim across an ocean for love; Hugo Vihlen's 1968 ocean crossing in the 6-foot sailboat, April Fool; Peter Bird's tragic attempt to row across the Pacific; and, scores more. Whether driven by desperation, adventure, or a desire for fame and fortune, the risktakers in these stories show what vast oceans can be crossed in tiny contrivances by those who dare. 'Great fun to read' - "Cruising World". 'Very few reference books make for such riveting reading' - "Good Old Boat". 'Re-creates these awe-inspiring adventures in fascinating detail' - "NW Yachting". 'Seagoing heroes and scalawags come alive with rich detail in Longyard's volume of salty tales' - Judy Blumhorst, Commodore Emeritus, Northern California Association of West Wight Potter Owners and Webmaster, www.trailersailer.com. William H. Longyard has spent twenty-five years paddling, rowing, and sailing small boats of all kinds. He has published several books and written numerous articles for boating journals.

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SKU GOR004029562
Title A Speck on the Sea: Epic Voyages in the Most Improbable Vessels
Author By (author) William H. Longyard
Condition WELLREAD
Binding Type Paperback
Publisher McGraw-Hill Education - Europe
Year Published 2004
Number of Pages 384
ISBN 10 0071440291
ISBN 13 9780071440295
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book. We do our best to provide good quality books for you to read, but there is no escaping the fact that it has been owned and read by someone else previously. Therefore it will show signs of wear and may be an ex library book.
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This book contains more than seventy accounts of big adventures in small boats. In "A Speck on the Sea", William Longyard reaches back through five centuries to gather a collection of sea adventures in which the smallest, unlikeliest craft - and the daring individuals aboard them - completed extraordinary voyages against great odds. From canoes and small sailboats to a pair of strap-to-your-feet pontoons, the watercraft in these true stories make nearly as varied a collection as the mariners who piloted them. The intrepid seafarers and their feats of seamanship include: Ed Gillet's kite-powered transpacific kayak voyage Gladys Gradely's 1902 quest to become the first woman to solo the Atlantic; Ben Lecomte's swim across an ocean for love; Hugo Vihlen's 1968 ocean crossing in the 6-foot sailboat, April Fool; Peter Bird's tragic attempt to row across the Pacific; and, scores more. Whether driven by desperation, adventure, or a desire for fame and fortune, the risktakers in these stories show what vast oceans can be crossed in tiny contrivances by those who dare. 'Great fun to read' - "Cruising World". 'Very few reference books make for such riveting reading' - "Good Old Boat". 'Re-creates these awe-inspiring adventures in fascinating detail' - "NW Yachting". 'Seagoing heroes and scalawags come alive with rich detail in Longyard's volume of salty tales' - Judy Blumhorst, Commodore Emeritus, Northern California Association of West Wight Potter Owners and Webmaster, www.trailersailer.com. William H. Longyard has spent twenty-five years paddling, rowing, and sailing small boats of all kinds. He has published several books and written numerous articles for boating journals.
Additional Information

Additional Information

SKU GOR004029562
Title A Speck on the Sea: Epic Voyages in the Most Improbable Vessels
Author By (author) William H. Longyard
Condition WELLREAD
Binding Type Paperback
Publisher McGraw-Hill Education - Europe
Year Published 2004
Number of Pages 384
ISBN 10 0071440291
ISBN 13 9780071440295
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book. We do our best to provide good quality books for you to read, but there is no escaping the fact that it has been owned and read by someone else previously. Therefore it will show signs of wear and may be an ex library book.
Ex Library No