Pacific Lady: The First Woman to Sail Solo Across the World's Largest Ocean

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U of Nebraska Press, Jan 1, 2008 - Sports & Recreation - 234 pages
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It was an age without GPS and the Internet, without high-tech monitoring and instantaneous reporting. And it was a time when women simply didn t do such things. None of this deterred Sharon Sites Adams. In June 1965 Adams made history as the first woman to sail solo from the mainland United States to Hawaii. Four years later, just as Neil Armstrong very publicly stepped onto the moon, the diminutive Adams, alone and unobserved, finally sighted Point Arguello, California, after seventy-four days sailing a thirty-one-foot ketch from Japan, across the violent and unpredictable Pacific. She was the first woman to do so, setting another world record. Inspiring and exciting, Adams s memoir recounts the personal path leading to her historic achievements: a tomboy childhood in the Oregon high desert, an early marriage and painful divorce, and a second marriage that ended when her husband died of cancer. In the wake of his death and almost by accident, Adams discovered sailing. Six weeks after her first sailing lesson she bought a boat, and within eight months she set out to achieve her first world record. Pacific Lady recounts the inward journey that paralleled her sailing feats, as Adams drew on every scrap of courage and navigational skill she could muster to overcome the seasickness, exhaustion, and loneliness that marked her harrowing crossings.
 

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Adventure on Water
83
Across the Pacific
115
In the Wake of Fame
183
Glossary
189
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Sharon Sites Adams, "Los Angeles Times" Woman of the Year in 1969, is a popular speaker, making appearances and telling her story before various organizations and gatherings. Karen J. Coates is a journalist, a correspondent for "Gourmet" magazine, and a contributor to numerous publications, including "Archaeology," the "Christian Science Monitor," and "Fodor's Travel Guides." She is the author of "Cambodia Now: Life in the Wake of War.

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