Little Ship of Fools

Little Ship of Fools

16 Rowers, 1 Improbable Boat, 7 Tumultuous Weeks on the Atlantic

Book - 2013
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Longlisted for the 2013 Charles Taylor Prize

The dramatic and hilarious story of risk and survival, as well as the importance of our connections to the planet, on a human-powered journey across the ocean.

It was to be an expedition like no other--a run across the Atlantic from Morocco to Barbados aboard an experimental rowboat. There would be no support vessel, no stored water, no sails or motor. The boat's crew of sixteen included several veterans of U.S. college rowing, a number of triathletes, a woman who had rowed both the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, and a scrawny sexagenarian looking for a last great challenge--our chronicler, Charles Wilkins.

When he joined the expedition, Wilkins had never swung an oar in earnest. Accompanied by a devoted crew of misadventurers, Wilkins takes the reader along for seven weeks of rationed food, extreme sleep deprivation, and life-threatening seas--as well as sharks, whales, and an ever-disintegrating boat. Little Ship of Fools is a rich and fascinating story of courage, community, the importance of risk in our lives, and the resilience and depth of the human spirit.
Publisher: Vancouver, B.C. : Greystone Books, c2013
ISBN: 9781553658788
Branch Call Number: 797 .123 WIL
Characteristics: xiii, 305 p. :,ill., map ;,22 cm

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Oct 31, 2013

A very interesting book. Rowing across the Atlantic Ocean in a tiny boat offers a glimpse into just how apropos the title is. What kind of person would do this sort of thing? I would say that judging by the account of the conditions on board and out on the open ocean this 16 people are lucky to be here to tell their tale. This is a life altering endeavour. I would have liked more information on how the craft was constructed. It seems like an engineering feat that needs more explaining to better understand how the little boat stood up under the enormous strains of the stormy Atlantic. I highly recommend reading this book.

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