For most sailors, a shipwreck might end the dream of circumnavigating the globe. But not for the Wilcox family.
In SEA TRIALS, Seattle-area author Wendy Hinman (Tightwads on the Loose) recounts the Wilcox family’s incredible high seas adventure as they set off in 1973 to sail around the world aboard their 40-foot sailboat, Vela. Thirteen months later, they are shipwrecked on a coral reef with a gaping hole in the side of their boat.
After years invested in saving money, preparing the boat, and learning to navigate by the stars, parents Chuck and Dawn refuse to give up. Fourteen-year-old Garth is determined to continue, while eleven-year-old Linda never wanted to go in the first place. Can they overcome the emotional, physical and financial challenges to transform from castaways into circumnavigators?
To triumph, these pioneers must rebuild their boat on a remote Pacific island. Damage sustained on the reef and a lack of resources haunt them the rest of the way around the world as they face daunting obstacles, including wild weather, pirates, gun boats, mines and thieves plus pesky bureaucrats and cockroaches as stubborn as this family. Without a working engine and no way to communicate with the outside world, they struggle to reach home before their broken rig comes crashing down and they run out of food on a trial that tests them to their limits.
SEA TRIALS official release is April 1, and there a number of speaking and signing appearances where you can catch Hinman.
Upcoming SEA TRIALS events include:
March 9: Corinthian Yacht Club Seattle at Shilshole, 6-8:30 p.m. Presentation and party, CYC 7755 Seaview Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98117. (206) 789-1919
March 16: Ravenna Third Place Books, 7 p.m. Presentation and book signing; Pre-launch party. 6504 20th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98115. (206) 525-2347
April 1: 3 p.m. Magnolia Bookstore. 3206 W. McGraw St., Seattle, WA 98199. (206) 283-1062. Official Book Launch Day
April 6-9: various times, Strictly Sail Pacific Boat Show, Richmond, CA. Presentations and signings.
April 13: 7 p.m., Corinthian Yacht Club of San Francisco. Presentation and signing.
April 28: 1 p.m., KPTZ 91.9 Port Townsend radio interview with host Phil Andrus on Tossed Salad program.
May 4: 7 p.m., Eagle Harbor Book Company. Presentation and book signing. 157 Winslow Way E., Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
June 2017 East Coast: Cape Cod, Mystic Seaport, Newport RI, Massachusetts, details TBA
July 3, 2017 3pm. Liberty Bay Books Presentation and book signing. 18881 Front St NE # D, Poulsbo, WA 98370
More events to come.