Small Boat to Freedom: A Journey of Conscience to a New Life in America

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John Vigor gives up the life he loves, his home, and nearly all his savings to sail a thirty-one-foot sloop with his wife and son across the dangerous South Atlantic for a new life in America.

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Small Boat to Freedom is the moving and inspiring story of one man's decision to leave the country he loved because of a political situation he abhorred. John Vigor had it all: a loving family, a secure and well-deserved reputation as a syndicated South African newspaper columnist, and a lovely home in one of South Africa's most beautiful cities, Durban. But an apartheid-regime clampdown on freedom of expression forced Vigor to make the wrenching decision to abandon his idyllic life-and financial security-and leave South Africa on a thirty-one-foot sloop with his wife and seventeen-year-old son for a precarious voyage to a new but uncertain life in America. Their journey took them from Durban, past the treacherous Cape of Storms, around the Cape of Good Hope, and across the South Atlantic to Florida.
Small Boat to Freedom is an emotional and colorful account of two journeys-one of conscience, the other of courage-each inspired by the author's strength and that of his family.

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John Vigor was born in Plymouth, England, a stone's throw away from the Mayflower Steps. He lived in England until he was thirteen, when his family emigrated to South Africa. A longtime newspaperman and a former South African sailing champion, he began a new life in America in 1987. He now lives in Washington State, where he sails on Puget Sound and writes.

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