Flirting with Mermaids
The Unpredictable Life of a Sailboat Delivery Skipper
By (author) John Kretschmer
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Flirting with Mermaids by John Kretschmer
Book DescriptionOver the course of twenty years of delivering sailboats to far-flung quaysides, John Kretschmer has had innumerable adventures, both humorous and terrifying. in Flirting with Mermaids, he recounts the most memorable of them. He crosses the Western Caribbean with a crew of eccentric Swedes researching ancient Mayan mariners, lands in Aden at the outbreak of civil war, and endures a North Atlantic crossing during which he disocvers the existence of Force 13 winds. Approaching Japan at the end of a particularly trying delivery, he finds himself sailing in "a high impact debris zone," but his resolve is unshaken. "If a piece of rocketship jetsam fell out of the sky and sank [me] after encounters with Hurricane Floyd, General Noriega,a tsunami, an erupting volcano, and Typhoon Roy, then it was meant to be."
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781574091649
(231mm x 149mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Seafarer Books
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2003
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author John Kretschmer
Sailing a Serious Ocean, Hardback (November 2013)
Tells you what to expect when sailing the oceans and shows how to sail safely across them. This book includes tales of storm that encounters and other examples of extreme seamanship will help you prepare for your journey and give you confidence to handle any situation - even heavy weather.
Cape Horn to Starboard, Paperback (April 2010)
A story of college-dropout John Kretschmer's quixotic voyage to retrace the route of the clipper ships, from New York to San Francisco by way of Cape Horn. This 'doubling the Horn', as it was called, was a formidable challenge to ships exceeding two hundred feet in length, as they routinely battled headwinds of fifty knots and mountainous seas.
Best Used Boat Notebook, Paperback (November 2007)
A collection of 40 of John Kretschmer's Used Boat Notebook columns, a popular boat review feature in Sailing Magazine. The focus is on boat specifics, providing the detailed information and hard-hitting reviews that a prospective boat buyer is looking for.
At the Mercy of the Sea, Paperback (September 2007)» View all books by John Kretschmer
Retraces the journeys of three lone sailors swept up by a monster hurricane that confounds various predictions.
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Author Biography - John Kretschmer
John Kretschmer has been a sailboat delivery skipper for over 25 years and has made over 100 deliveries. He is the author of Cape Horn to Starboard and Used Boat Notebook and has had articles published in numerous boating and travel magazines. He is a contributing editor to 'Sailing' and currently lives in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, with his wife Lesa and their two daughters.
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