My Old Man and the Sea

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Harper Collins, Apr 26, 1996 - Travel - 227 pages
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Some fathers and sons go fishing together. Some play ball. David Hays and Daniel Hays sailed 17,000 miles through the world's most feared and fabled waters in a little boat they built together. This is their story.

Alone with nothing but the mammoth waves of the Southern Ocean, the unceasing wind, a compass, a sextant and a pet cat, they voyage down the Caribbean, through the Panama Canal, past the Galapagos Islands, beyond Easter Island and around their destination--Cape Horn. Father and son narrate in alternating fashion, their voices weaving together an engrossing story of travel, exploration and difficult, dangerous sailing.

But more than a tale of adventure, this is a touching account of a father and son's rite of passage as they assess their complex and evolving relationship. Daniel, out of college and unsure of what he wants in his life, sees his father getting older, more forgetful. David deals with unresolved issues he had with his own father, fearful that he'll make the same mistakes with his son, yet frustrated that Daniel treats him like an old man.

Moving, often hilarious, often poignant, My Old Man and the Sea is a rich and profound chronicle of their voyage of discovery. Every reader will identify with this uplifting story of a father and son who go down to the sea and find each other.

 

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Father and son David and Dan Hayes took their small sailboat, Sparrow, 17,000 miles from New London, CT to Cape Horn and back. They wrote this book together and what touched me the most was not the ... Read full review

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"My Old Man and The Sea" is an exceptional book to read. Especially because I am a very avid sailor, (I have been sailing since I was four). This book is about David and Daniel Hays, father and son ... Read full review

Contents

The Idea
3
Cape Horn
9
Jamaica to Panama
17
Panama
49
In the Pacific
77
The Galapagos
93
The Perfect Passage
111
Easter Island
129
Fortytwo Days
197
Looking Seaward
209
Home
213
After
217
Appendix
225
Sail Plan
226
Sample Log Entry
227
Interior of Sparrow
231

To the Horn
147
The Tenthousandth Mile
177

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About the author (1996)


David Hays is the Founding Artistic Director of the National Theatre of the Deaf. He is a graduate of Harvard, with a long career in the theatre in England and America, who holds honorary doctorates at Connecticut College, Gallaudet University, and Wesleyan University. He is the author of a book on stage lighting and is a lifelong sailor. He lives in Connecticut.

Hays has worked as a field supervisor at a therapeutic wilderness program for troubled teenagers, holds a 2nd-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, has a master's degree in environmental science, and has a captain's license for boats rated up to 25 tons. He and his father were the first Americans to sail around Cape Horn in a boat under 30 feet in length.

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