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Summary

Legendary account of the author's voyage around Cape Horn in a 32-foot sailboat, sailing east to west (thus the Horn is to starboard, or on the right). This is a notoriously difficult and dangerous passage, especially in a boat this size.

©1986 John Kretschmer (P)2020 Tantor

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Catchy title is no indication of content

This book is not bad but has little to do with rounding the Horn. More to do with a sailor (and an author) learning his craft. The narrator's style and delivery would be better suited to children's books. In addition, there's the common complaint that ludicrous mispronunciation by a narrator is not corrected by (apparently equally unlettered) editors.

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I loved it but what happened Molly?

The book took over my days until it finally arrived at the Golden Gate. I think the book is as much about a young man growing up as it is about the Horn, the author coming into the realisation that the world is not all about us, as we all come to realise, and he goes through a lot as he develops, gains confidence, hardens up and joins the complicated world of adulthood.

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  • Andrew van Zyl
  • 16-03-21

A sailing classic

A story any sailor will love. I learned a lot about ocean sailing and the many facets that it has. The narration was pretty good!

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  • T. Adams
  • 24-09-20

A Sailing Classic

If you’re familiar with John Kretchmer’s writing, this book is certainly the epitome of his crazy adventures and love for the sea. As a fairly new sailor, I enjoyed his stories about just starting to sail all the way up to one of his greatest achievements. I highly recommend this book to anyone who’s in need of a vicarious adventure or some light sailing literature. The narration is good, although I preferred the performance of Sailing to The Edge of time the most.

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  • Beatrice Phillips
  • 27-04-20

Enjoyable and a good read/listen

This was the third book that I’ve encounter from John Kretschmer, and I believe the first he wrote. He has a wonderful way of storytelling with useful information in the story. I am looking forward to reading his new book that just came out. One of my favorite seagoing authors.

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  • Martin D.
  • 01-04-21

Sailing the roads with John Kretschmer

My wife, Kay, and I enjoyed the book very much as we toured California in our 25ft RV. We also had our share of issues ( electrical) but Johns writing and Tom’s narration kept us entertained. I take the ASA 101 at the end of April 2021 and one day if John is still teaching would love to join him and listen to more of his tales. Martin

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  • stephen d.
  • 09-02-21

awesome story

great listen - wonderful story about some friends and their combined efforts to have fun and experience the sea and it unique qualities.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-02-21

Great story-

The fact that it’s true makes it even better. I can’t wait for his next book.

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  • Wil Fekeci
  • 18-06-20

Oh well

I love John Kretschmer as a writer. But just as he has gotten better as a sailor so has his writing. This was an earlier product. Worth listening to but not as enjoyable as his later works.

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  • DLBland
  • 24-02-20

great story !

don't miss this , self effacing author tells us how a boy becomes a sailor ,eh mates ?

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  • Cranston
  • 06-02-20

Great book!

I like all of John's books. Great story! very entertaining! seems to be missing details that are covered in his other books. I guess that's how he keeps you coming back!