Red Sea Run: Two Sailors in a Sea of Trouble

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Cap'n Fatty and Carolyn, aboard their modest 38-foot sloop Wild Card, sail through pirate infested waters. There are numerous pictures. Of particular interest is their participation in the 27 boat 2010 MF convoy between Oman and Aden, Yemen.  Countries focused on include Malaysia, Thailand, the Maldives, Oman, Yemen, Sudan, and Egypt.

"Normally," says Cap'n Fatty Goodlander, "our cruising life is idyllic. We're surrounded by good people in benign waters. But not always. There were numerous times during this trip when we were scared by either Somali pirates or the land sharks of Egypt. The Mideast isn't all fun and games. Normally, we sail to 'fun' destinations like the Caribbean or the South Pacific. Not this time. We sailed right through the Gulf of Aden as our short-distance VHF radios cackled with pirate attacks on nearby freighters..."

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    Fatty complained to us in a recent email -- with a pretty equal mix of exasperation and bewilderment -- that "when cruising in Western civilization, there are not only rules, but people actually demand compliance!"  In just one pithy line he  summed up the wide-eyed, droll attention he and his wife Caroline bring to their nearly non-stop world cruising. His newest book, Red Sea Run: Two Sailors in a Sea of Trouble, invites us back inside his head for awhile where we can catch another glimpse of the idiosyncratic universe that is Fatty's World.--a really nice place to travel.

    Douglas and  Bernadette Bernon,
    Cruising World Contributing Editors
     
    Several years ago I happened upon a touching article in a sailing magazine that far exceeded the genre.  It was an open love letter from Gary Goodlander--I can't bring myself to call anyone "Captain Fatty"-- about his wife and shipmate of decades, Carolyn.  Together they have carved a cruising life that many will envy, particularly in these troubling times.

    Webb Chiles, author and sailing legend.
     
    A cross between Hunter Thompson and Eric Hiscock, no one spins a voyaging yarn quite like the one-and-only Fatty Goodlander. With "Red Sea Run," as always, we lucky readers are once again in very, very good hands.

     Herb McCormick, Cruising World magazine
     
     
    Red Sea Run aims straight and true at the heart of the cruising life -- you, your boat, and Mother Ocean. And if you have a partner like Fatty's Carolyn, and bunch of sea gypsy friends sharing the vision, it's a warm heart. This book will resonate with bluewater cruisers and lure others to get out there, way out there, and let the sea work its magic.

    Sally Erdle, Editor of Caribbean Compass
     
    His writing style is delightful. He conveys not only the excitement of sailing but shows how sexy heaving to can be.

    Lin and Larry Pardey, authors
     
     
    "Yet another winner. Fatty will make you laugh and cry ... often at the same time. Explore the world with the last of the real cruising adventurers as they tack and gibe their way in and out of trouble in the Red Sea."
    Gary E. Brow, author of Caribbean High and editor of All at Sea magazine
     
    Cap'n Fatty Goodlander has heart, and he's not afraid to write with it. In prose vivid and spare, this self-proclaimed Sea Gypsy brings to life the sea and its shores and all the adventures to be had in between. At turns philosophical, at turns bust-a-gut funny, Goodlander is a master storyteller, and he grapples with the meat of life--the simple pleasures, the Big Questions, the stuff that'll bring a tear to your eye. Wise and witty, Cap'n Fatty and his joy and wonder about the world burst off the page.

    On a personal note, when my fisherman father-in-law was laid low with botched heart surgery, I read Cap'n Fatty aloud in the ICU. I kid you not, this was the turning point; my father-in-law's heartbeat stabilized and he started fighting his way back to this world. Cap'n Fatty's stories are more than great entertainment, they remind us we have so much to live for. They're life savers.

    Janna Cawrse Esarey, author of Motion of the Ocean

About the Author:

Cap'n Fatty Goodlander has lived aboard various sailing vessels for 50 of his 58 years. He has written numerous books-including his autobiographical Chasing The Horizon. At various times, Fatty has been a professional actor, a radio broadcaster, and a newspaper writer. He is currently on his second circumnavigation. A recent project was a series of summer travel spots for National Public Radio. For more info, see: www.FattyGoodlander.com. Cap'n Fatty Goodlander is an editor-at-large of Cruising World magazine.

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