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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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Another great book from Uncle John

Great narration as well. I’ll be looking Flirting for another book by JK, maybe “ flirting with mermaids”

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  • T. Adams
  • 24-09-2020

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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  • Wil Fekeci
  • 18-06-2020

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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  • Beatrice Phillips
  • 27-04-2020

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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  • DLBland
  • 24-02-2020

great story !

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

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  • Cranston R.
  • 06-02-2020

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!

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  • Slowhand
  • 20-09-2020

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-06-2020

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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