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There is no place to "pull over" out there, nor is there anyone to take the helm so that a solo sailor can rest when tired or hungry. On the surface, "Path of Three Hundred" is an open ocean sailing adventure by a human who just wanted to strip away all that was comfortable in Life and challenge himself in a search for Peace and Home.
This Second Edition published on December 11, 2012 is exactly the same story as the First Edition published on August 26, 2012. The only difference is this edition has a black and white interior with fewer illustrations, which is why this edition is much less expensive than the full color First Edition.
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Upon my return from a solo sailing adventure of almost two thousand miles across open ocean where I single-handed a thirty foot sailboat from Wilmington, North Carolina to Bermuda and back, I began writing "Path of Three Hundred". If I had taken a direct route there and back, the trip would have been around fifteen hundred miles, but I took the long way home from Bermuda back to Wilmington sailing halfway to the Bahamas before turning west to Florida, then more north back to North Carolina due to weather conditions at sea.
I felt compelled to write the book because of the transformation of self while being at sea through the physical challenges I faced while alone. There is no place to "pull over" out there. There is no one to take the helm so that I could rest when tired or hungry. Eight days of sailing to get to Bermuda and nine days of sailing back to Wilmington. I experienced storms, the Bermuda Triangle and beautiful wonders of Nature unlike anything I can ever remember...and I want to go back...some day, I will again as I miss the sea even as I write these words.
As I wrote the book, I became a hermit. Going to work at my "normal job", coming home to my sailboat where I live with my dog, Lucky, walking him and writing. Waking up the next day to write and repeat the process...for six months. I began writing the story of the adventure in the first person, however something about the story was a bit dry. I had been reading Paulo Coehlo's books and love the storytelling way in which he writes, so I made a creative decision to write in the third person. I even changed most of the character names including my own. An interesting thing happened in the process. While I was writing what other people were saying about this man, Petah (me), I began to feel those others and become them. Specifically one chapter, "...day Three to the East..." where I was battling an intense Gale Storm, people were freaking out on land as they could see me sail into the middle of the storm...something I did not know at the time. As I wrote what I was told by those others, I could feel their anxiety as I felt the anxiety of the sailor at sea...wild.
I loved the process of writing "Path of Three Hundred" for so many reasons, but the one which sticks in my mind now is being able to keep fresh the images of sailing across the open ocean. The beauty of out there is quite special...a place which will always draw me into it's core.
When the Universe says to us...
"OK...let's try this again, only this time you're going to go through something even more intense...perhaps this time, you'll get it."
Perhaps take the leap of Faith requested of you....you never know what you may find.
"Path of Three Hundred" is the true story of an adventure in progress. Everything in this book actually happened, I just changed most of the names, including my own, in order to tell the story in the third person...as if sitting around a campfire and telling a story of old. My thirty foot sailboat, the Sailing Vessel Cuddy is my Little She and the boat I sailed alone back and forth to Bermuda in 2011.
Lucky and I will never separate again if I can help it.
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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publis, 2012. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111481163159