At the Mercy of the Sea: The True Story of Three Sailors in a Caribbean Hurricane

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McGraw Hill Professional, Dec 18, 2009 - Sports & Recreation - 240 pages
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“The tale of Carl Wake and the hurricane that was waiting for him goes straight to the heart of the greatest sea stories: they are not about man against the sea, but man against himself. John Kretschmer’s book is as perfectly shaped and flawlessly written as such a story can be. In addition to being the best depiction I have ever read of what it is like to be inside a hurricane at sea, At the Mercy of the Sea is as moving a story of a man’s failure and redemption as can be found anywhere in the literature of the sea. This book is surely destined to become a classic.”—Peter Nichols, author of Sea Change and A Voyage for Madmen

“John Kretschmer has transformed this story of three men on a collision course with a hurricane into a modern seafaring classic.”—Peter Nielsen, editor of SAIL magazine

“With expert analysis and taut writing, he draws readers into that mad storm. You can’t turn away. You keep reading until it breaks your heart.”—Fred Grimm, columnist for the Miami Herald

“Once begun, his vivid and powerful narrative is impossible to put down.”—Derek Lundy, author of Godforsaken Sea and The Way of a Ship

“I felt I knew Carl Wake, because John Kretschmer found in him an archetype—an aging sailor with an age-old dream.”—Jim Carrier, transatlantic sailor and author of The Ship and the Storm: Hurricane Mitch and the Loss of the Fantome

“A remarkable book, impossible to put down.”—Herb McCormick, sailing journalist

 

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This is a tale from more recent times. It is about 3 sailors who find themselves in the middle of an unexpected hurricane. 1 of the sailors is a personal friend of the author and his story sounds like the most sad, yet heroic story of all. Read full review

Contents

Abbeville
1
Trade Winds
5
Into the Eye
17
A Voice in the Wind
23
Finish Line and Starting Point
26
Nowhere to Hide
33
Havana
38
La Vie en Rose
41
Havana
124
The Lair of the Cyclops
135
The Edge of Control
152
The Heart of the Storm
159
Together
176
The Monsters Jaws
181
A Survivor
197
News from Home
206

An Aging Soldier
58
Never on Friday
69
English Braids
88
Marigot
101
November 15
108
Abbeville
211
Authors Note
217
Acknowledgments
221
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About the author (2009)

John Kretschmer, a professional sailor and writer, has logged more than 200,000 offshore sailing miles, including fifteen transatlantic and two transpacific passages. He is a longtime contributing editor to Sailing magazine and a sailing/travel columnist for the Miami Herald. John lives aboard a 47-foot cutter in Florida. He and his student Carl Wake, the subject of this book, were close friends.

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