William Longyard A Speck on the Sea

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A Speck on the Sea

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"A gripping compendium of noteworthy small-boat voyages made over the centuries."

--John Harland, author of Seamanship in the Age of Sail

A Speck on the Sea chronicles the greatest ocean voyages attempted in the littlest boats. These feats include:

  • Diego Mendez's voyage to rescue Columbus

  • William Okeley's escape from slavery in a folding rowboat

  • Ernest Shackleton's death-cheating journeys

  • And more

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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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William H. Longyard (Winston-Salem, NC) has paddled, rowed, and sailed small boats for 25 years. A high school English teacher, he has published several books and written articles for boating journals.

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