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Three Ways to Capsize a Boat: An Optimist Afloatby Chris Stewart
Synopses & Reviews
Chris Stewart had a long and eclectic list of jobs. From some of the most glamorous careers - he was original drummer in Genesis - to the more offbeat - a sheep shearer and circus performer -he had done it all...or almost all. So when he is offered the chance to captain a sailboat in the Greek islands one summer, something he had never done before, he jumps at the chance. Ever theoptimist, Stewart is undaunted by the fact that he'd never actually sailed before!
So begins the hilarious and wild adventures of "Three Ways to Capsize aBoat." From setting the boat on fire not once, but several times in the Aegean Sea to his not-so-grand arrival in Spetses to meet the owners of the boat (who says it isn't graceful to plow intothe docks as a means of coming to a stop?), Stewart quickly catches the sailing bug. By the end of the summer, as he is facing the dreary prospect of going back to sheep shearing, he jumps at the chance to bepart of a crew to follow Viking Leif Eiriksson's historic journey across the Atlantic Ocean. Five months on a small sailboat with seven other people in the freezing waters of the Atlantic would soundlike punishment to most people, but not Stewart! He takes it all in stride and always with his unfailing optimism and good spirits. From coming to terms with the long, cold nights at sea and unchangingcuisine to battling intense seasickness and managing to go to the bathroom during a massive storm (a lot harder than you'd think!), Stewart keeps his good humor...but learns, in the end, that perhaps thebest things in life are worth coming ashore for.
"Three Ways to Capsize a Boat" is travel writing at its best, crackling with Chris Stewart's zest for life, irresistible humor, and unerring lack of foresight. Dry land never looked more welcoming!
""Three Ways to Capsize a Boat"" is a charming andlyrical read, awash with the joy of discovery, and Stewart is an immensely likeable narrator...The key to his popularity is his honest and self-effacing determination - as discussed during a mid-Atlantic storm -to live a rewarding life." - "Guardian," UK
"From the Trade Paperback edition."
About the Author
Chris Stewart shot to fame with Driving Over Lemons in 1999. Funny, insightful and real, the book told the story of how he bought a peasant farm on the wrong side of the river, with its previous owner still a resident. It became an international bestseller, along with its sequels – A Parrot in the Pepper Tree, and The Almond Blossom Appreciation Society.
In an earlier life, Chris was the original drummer in Genesis (he played on the first album), then joined a circus, learned how to shear sheep, went to China to write the Rough Guide, gained a pilot’s license in Los Angeles, and completed a course in French cooking.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Table of Contents
Competent crew. Teach yourself sailing ; This way, then that ; Sark by starlight — The isles of Greece. Where is Weare? ; In praise of a bucket — Cutting up rough. Vinland voyage ; Lost at sea ; The new world — Epilogue — The jumblies.
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