A Speck on the Sea

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In A Speck on the Sea, William Longyard reaches back through five centuries to gather a collection of sea adventures in which the smallest, unlikeliest craft--and the daring individuals aboard them--completed extraordinary voyages against great odds. From canoes and small sailboats to a pair of strap-to-your-feet pontoons, the watercraft in these true stories make nearly as varied a collection as the mariners who piloted them. The intrepid seafarers and their feats of seamanship include: Ed Gillet's kite-powered transpacific kayak voyage; Gladys Gradely's 1902 quest to become the first woman to solo the Atlantic; Ben Lecomte's swim across an ocean for love; Hugo Vihlen's 1968 ocean crossing in the 6-foot sailboat April Fool; Peter Bird's tragic attempt to row across the Pacific; and scores more Whether driven by desperation, adventure, or a desire for fame and fortune, the risktakers in these stories show what vast oceans can be crossed in tiny contrivances by those who dare.

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