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Robert Dugoni, the #1 Amazon and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Tracy Crosswhite mystery series says of Sea Trials:
“A gripping tale of a family’s harrowing journey to sail around the world against seemingly insurmountable and deadly odds.”
Find out more about this award-winning, best selling thriller author through his website at:
Wendy Hinman – Sea Trials: A True Story. Wendy Hinman returns to Sound Living with “Sea Trials,” the story of her husband’s being shipwrecked at the age of 14. This is his story of fighting wild weather, pirates, gunboats and other dangers to repair the boat and continue the family’s trip around the world.
What an incredible honor! Less than 2% of books earn a Kirkus starred review. Fewer still are selected as a book of the month.
Find out why Kirkus described Sea Trials with these superlatives:
“expressive writing captures the wonder of being at sea in all its glory”
“. . . her engaging narrative succeeds in capturing the thrills and frustrations of this intrepid family”
“this exhilarating book should appeal to any would-be explorer who has stood at the prow of a ship and dreamed of the possibilities.”
“sufficiently evocative to sense the scent of sea air in the pages.”
Read the full review here:
The Wilcoxes returned home to San Francisco in 1978 to media fanfare after a five year adventure, during which they rebuilt the boat, and faced daunting obstacles from wild weather to threats from pirates, gun boats, mines and thieves, a broken rig, scurvy and starvation.
“This true story of the Wilcox family is completely riveting and simultaneously insanely frustrating – which means it’s a great book! Hinman’s attention to little details like family squabbles and disagreements or stop-gap repairs make the whole trip vivid and real and their concerns intense. . . . you are intensely caught up in the family’s decisions and dilemmas while they are facing them and can sympathize with their recurrent optimism and desire to achieve their goal. Sea Trials immerses you in the Wilcox’s world as you share their great adventure, for good and ill. It is an adventure that, for readers, is well worth the trip.”— San Francisco Book Review
Wendy Hinman is married to the teenage hero of Sea Trials, Garth Wilcox. Her first book, Tightwads on the Loose, tells the story of their 34,000-mile 7-year voyage aboard a 31-foot boat. Wendy learned to sail at 6, has been sailing, racing, teaching sailing and telling inspiring stories about it ever since.
As a special treat, Garth Wilcox will join her in sharing his epic story.
On Saturday, April 8, 2017, she will share her wisdom gleaned from 7-years and 34,000 miles of voyaging in two sessions:
Saturday, April 8, 2017, Keeping Your Relationship Afloat, 10:30am Stage F
Saturday, April 8, 2017, Sea Trials: Lessons from the Waves, with Garth Wilcox, 4:45pm Stage D
Richmond, Calif. (March 9, 2017) – Sail America’s Discover Sailing and Boating is set to host an expanded collection of on-water learning opportunities at the 2017 Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show, taking place April 6-9 at the Craneway Pavilion and Marina Bay Yacht Harbor in Richmond, California. The hands-on sessions will offer in-depth learning experiences on specific topics, as well as practice time at the helm. Free programs will also be offered during the show to give sail and power boaters an opportunity to test some of the latest products on the Bay.
From cruisers to racers, the Discover Sailing and Boating program sponsored by Cruising Outpost and Harken will offer something for everyone.
About the 2017 Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show:
The 2017 Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show and Marine Sports Expo will cruise into the historic Craneway Pavilion and Marina Bay Yacht Harbor for all things boating. Both inside and outside on the water will be filled with vessels of every size and budget including sleek racers, multihulls, family cruisers and luxury yachts. New this year, dozens of powerboats will be featured in the in-water Motor Yacht Showcase. This four-day event will feature the latest boats, gear, accessories, free seminars, a Paddleboard Expo, radio controlled model yacht sailing, and interactive activities for young aspiring boaters and more.
The book has now officially launched. That means it is for sale worldwide at many major retailers. Here are a few links:
To celebrate Launch Day, Wendy Hinman will be signing books at Magnolia Bookstore.
Date: April 1, 2017, 3-5pm
Location: Magnolia Bookstore, 3206 West McGraw, Seattle WA 98110
Her first book, Tightwads on the Loose, was a Magnolia Bookstore best seller.
Let’s see if we can make Sea Trials a best seller as well.
Bruce Barcott, author of Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw, Measure of a Mountain, and Weed the People and a contributor to Outside and National Geographic magazines, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Mother Jones, Sports Illustrated, Harper’s Magazine, Legal Affairs, Utne Reader and others, offers his opinion of Sea Trials.
Of Sea Trials, he says:
“What a tale! The Wilcox family’s epic round-tripper had me turning pages at flank speed. Wendy Hinman crafts a true-life adventure story as outlandish and memorable as The Swiss Family Robinson, with shipwreck, reefs, dengue fever, gun-toting soldiers, and teenagers who won’t do their homework.”
Find out more about this talented author through his website: http://www.brucebarcott.com/
“In a time before cell phones and laptops, the Wilcox family set out to sail around the world, but after a shipwreck, their adventure takes a dramatic detour. Thrilling, poignant, and hilarious moments surface as this family struggles to cope with each other, repair the wreck and most of all, to keep going. The only thing missing are recipes for their extreme-budget meals!” — Debra Daniels-Zeller, author of The Northwest Vegetarian Cookbook
“A satisfying read about the costs and rewards of human endeavor and the effects they have on a family.” — Jan Burak Schwert, author of Geezers’ Guide to the Galaxy: A Lifetime of Travel Encounters
“A nail-biting adventure story with thought-provoking lessons for today’s sailors.”— Elsie Hulsizer, author of Voyages to Windward and Glaciers, Bears and Totems
“Hinman has written a compelling story of a family’s quest to sail around the world, a trip that starts with equal parts of hope and hubris and becomes a survival tale as the family surmounts one obstacle after another to keep their ship afloat.” — Sharon L. Morris, adventure travel writer