Blue Horizons: Dispatches from Distant Seas

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McGraw Hill Professional, Sep 26, 2006 - Sports & Recreation - 176 pages
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Winner Of The National Outdoor Book Award For Literature

When Beth Leonard and her partner, Evans Starzinger, returned from a three-year, 35,000 mile circumnavigation, they thought they were done with offshore voyaging. But neither realized how irrevocably they had been changed by their experience, nor how irresistible the siren song of the sea would prove. In comparison, life ashore seemed dull and monochrome, and within months, Beth knew she had to go back to sea in order to remain true to the person she had become.

Four years later they set out on their 47-foot aluminum sloop Hawk for a journey that lasted six years and took them more than 50,000 miles. They voyaged to Newfoundland, Iceland, Norway, the Caribbean, Ireland, Scotland, Cape Horn, New Zealand, the South Pacific, British Columbia--to the ends of the earth and back.

Blue Horizons is Beth Leonard's record of that journey. Compiled from her popular columns in Blue Water Sailing magazine, which she wrote along the way, Blue Horizons is more than an adventure saga, more than the log of an extended passage. As in all great travel writing, it’s the product of an insatiable hunger to explore the world, and in so doing to explore one’s own soul. It is, says Beth, "about pulling your dreams over the horizon to you, one sail change, one course correction at a time."

But this is no dreamer's tale. Beth Leonard is both sailor and writer, well qualified to deal with and describe blue water voyaging. Her observations are as sharp as salt air and her prose as informed as it is insightful and entertaining.

Beth also brings to Blue Horizons a uniquely feminine perspective, a combination of empathy, charm, and lyric grace. Her pages are suffused with emotion and a strong sense of immediacy. You're with Beth and Evans as Hawk pokes into a lonely and deserted outport on Newfoundland's barren northeast coast, and as they await hurricane Lenny in Antigua. And you sympathize as she burrows deep into her tilting berth, seeking that one, elusive interval of comfort that will bring sleep on a pounding windward passage, only to be dashed awake by the cold shock of a rogue wave spilling into her bunk. Blue Horizons is a rare journey, one to be savored by sailors and armchair adventurers alike.

Praise for Blue Horizons:

“In her new, wonderful book, Beth Leonard shows us a world in which ‘perfection’ is not bland, easy, escapist comfort in a crowded tropical harbor but a more insecure yet more rewarding existence of constant challenge--cold waters, rocky coves, old fishing villages, demanding seamanship, and the evolution of two sailors trying to manage a boat and also their own relationship.” --John Rousmaniere, author of Fastnet, Force 10, After the Storm, and The Annapolis Book of Seamanship

“Let Beth Leonard inspire you to sail around the world, explore the high latitudes, or discover your own capacity for adventure. Each nugget in this ‘dream becomes reality’ series of revelations is worth a thousand pictures.” --Gary Jobson, ESPN sailing commentator, America’s Cup Hall of Famer, and author of Gary Jobson’s Championship Sailing

Blue Horizons chronicles a remarkable adventure through some of the globe’s most inhospitable waters. . . . Every account in this collection provides a taste and sometimes a feast. It is wise, perceptive, wonderful. If you have ever wondered what it might be like to exchange conventional comforts for an adventure not packaged with round-trip airfare, Beth Leonard has written these dispatches to you.” --Don Casey, author of This Old Boat and Don Casey’s Complete Illustrated Sailboat Maintenance Manual

 

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Contents

Dispatches from Distant Seas Introduction
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Dispatches from Distant Seas 44176 37 N 61176 37 W Chesapeake Bay to Newfoundland 7th day of passage June 11 1999
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Dispatches from Distant Seas 43176 17 N 70176 03 W Casco Bay Maine to the Cape Cod Canal Overnight passage October 2 1999
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Dispatches from Distant Seas 17176 00 N 61176 47 W English Harbour Antigua Leeward Islands Caribbean November 19 1999
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Dispatches from Distant Seas 41176 22 N 72176 05 W Mystic Seaport Connecticut December 14 1999
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Dispatches from Distant Seas 17176 33 N 61176 48 W Codrington Bay Barbuda Leeward Islands January 13 2000
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Dispatches from Distant Seas 18176 19 N 64176 57 W Off Water Island StThomas USVirgin Islands April 15 2000
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Dispatches from Distant Seas 55176 15 N 05176 55 W North Channel Irish Sea Just off Mull of Kintyre Scotland June 10 2000
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Dispatches from Distant Seas 45176 28 S 74176 45 W Golfo de Penas Chile October 19 2002
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Dispatches from Distant Seas 56176 01 S 67176 10 W Cape Horn December 14 2002
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Dispatches from Distant Seas 54176 56 S 67176 37 W mv Micalvi Club de Yates Puerto Williams Chile January 11 2003
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Dispatches from Distant Seas 52176 48 S 57176 55 W Puerto Williams Chile to Fremantle Australia 3rd day of passage about 50 miles southeast of t...
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Dispatches from Distant Seas 40176 29 S 22176 51 E Puerto Williams Chile to Fremantle Australia 31st day of passage about 400 miles south of Sou...
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Dispatches from Distant Seas 40176 29 S 95176 15 E Puerto Williams Chile to Fremantle Australia 52nd day of passage Southern Indian Ocean Mar...
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Dispatches from Distant Seas 32176 18 S 115176 19 E Puerto Williams Chile to Fremantle Australia 59th day of passage 12 miles southwest of entra...
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Dispatches from Distant Seas 41176 01 N 73176 34 W sv Ginnynear Rowayton Connecticut Long Island Sound USA July 25 2003
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Dispatches from Distant Seas 57176 17 N 06176 10 W Loch Scavaig Isle of Skye Scotland July 3 2000
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Dispatches from Distant Seas 51176 42 N 08176 31 W Kinsale County Cork Ireland October 17 2000
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Dispatches from Distant Seas 51176 42 N 08176 31 W Kinsale County Cork Ireland December 30 2000
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Dispatches from Distant Seas 51176 41 N 08176 30 W Bandon River Kinsale County Cork Ireland February 23 2001
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Dispatches from Distant Seas 51176 36 N 08176 31 W Off Old Head of Kinsale Kinsale County Cork Ireland March 21 2001
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Dispatches from Distant Seas 51176 10 N 09176 50 W Lawrence Cove Bere Island Bantry Bay Ireland April 1 2001
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Dispatches from Distant Seas 61176 57 N 06176 36 W Off Nólsoy Island Faroe Islands May 22 2001
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Dispatches from Distant Seas 66176 31 N 22176 32 W Arctic Circle north of Hornbjarg Iceland June 21 2001
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Dispatches from Distant Seas 29176 13 N 13176 32 W Vestmannaeyjar Iceland to Canary Islands Landfall on 14th day of passage August 5 2001
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Dispatches from Distant Seas 32176 13 S 49176 30 W Cape Verdes to Punta del Este Uruguay 24th day of passage October 16 2001
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Dispatches from Distant Seas 38176 06 S 57176 31 W Yacht Club Argentino Mar del Plata Argentina November 20 2001
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Dispatches from Distant Seas 54176 50 S 68176 14 W Beagle Channel Approaching Ushuaia Argentina December 26 2001
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Dispatches from Distant Seas 54176 52 S 67176 21 W Beagle Channel Bahia Relegada Tierra del Fuego Argentina January 27 2002
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Dispatches from Distant Seas 54176 56 S 67176 37 W mv Micalvi Club de Yates Puerto Williams Chile February 8 2002
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Dispatches from Distant Seas 54176 56 S 69176 09 W Caleta Olla Northwest arm of the Beagle Channel Tierra del Fuego Chile February 10 2002
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Dispatches from Distant Seas 49176 07 S 74176 25 W Paso del Indio Puerto Eden Chile March 5 2002
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Dispatches from Distant Seas 44176 28 S 73176 38 W Isla Filomena Canal Moraleda Chile March 18 2002
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Dispatches from Distant Seas 41176 30 S 72176 58 W Marina del Sur Puerto Montt Chile September 11 2002
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Dispatches from Distant Seas 41176 30 S 72176 57 W Caleta Anahuac Puerto Montt Chile October 5 2002
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Dispatches from Distant Seas 35176 18 S 116176 21 E Bunbury to AlbanyWestern Australia October 1 2003
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Dispatches from Distant Seas 39176 16 S 134176 59 E Albany Western Australia to Port Davey Tasmania 5th day of passage October 18 2003
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Dispatches from Distant Seas 43176 20 S 146176 06 E Horseshoe Inlet Bathurst Harbour Port Davey Tasmania October 29 2003
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Dispatches from Distant Seas 43176 11 S 147176 17 E DEntrecasteaux Channel Tasmania About 20 miles south of Hobart February 24 2004
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Dispatches from Distant Seas 35176 00 S 170176 34 E Hobart Tasmania to Bay of Islands New Zealand 8th day of passage March 19 2004
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Dispatches from Distant Seas 34176 23 S 173176 05 E Hobart Tasmania to Bay of Islands New Zealand Landfall on 9th day of passage March 21 20...
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Dispatches from Distant Seas 36176 11 S 175176 21 E Smokehouse Bay Port Fitzroy Great Barrier Island North Island New Zealand May 7 2004
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Dispatches from Distant Seas 36176 37 S 174176 48 E Gulf Harbour Marina Whangaparaoa North Island New Zealand June 5 2004
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Dispatches from Distant Seas 35176 46 S 174176 31 E Whangarei North Island New Zealand July 15 2004
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Dispatches from Distant Seas 36176 46 S 174176 50 E Hauraki Gulf off Auckland North Island New Zealand August 22 2004
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Dispatches from Distant Seas 35176 01 S 173176 46 E Waitapu Bay Whangaroa North Island New Zealand December 25 2004
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Dispatches from Distant Seas 45176 48 S 166176 37 E Dusky Sound Fiordland South Island New Zealand January 23 2005
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Dispatches from Distant Seas 47176 12 S 167176 40 E Port Pegasus Stewart Island Sixty miles south of South Island New Zealand January 26 2005
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Dispatches from Distant Seas 45176 52 S 170176 34 E Otago Yacht Club Dunedin South Island New Zealand March 14 2005
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Dispatches from Distant Seas 37176 18 S 152176 12 W Dunedin New Zealand to Raivavae Austral Islands 13th day of passage April 2 2005
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Dispatches from Distant Seas 54176 19 N 131176 15 W Honolulu Hawaii to Prince Rupert British Columbia 17th day of passage June 27 2005
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Dispatches from Distant Seas Photos
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About the author (2006)

Beth A. Leonard has sailed more than 85,000 blue water miles over the past thirteen years, ranging from tropical oceans to Tasmania, Cape Horn, and the arctic seas north of Iceland. She and her partner, Evans Starzinger, have been honored for their voyages by the Ocean Cruising Club (UK) and the Cruising Club of America (U.S.). Leonard contributes regularly to SAIL, Cruising World, Sailing, and Yachting World magazines, and her Voyager’s Handbook is widely accepted as the definitive treatise on blue water cruising. Her “Blue Horizons” column was one of Blue Water Sailing’s most popular features throughout its six years.

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