“Sea Trials is a captivating narrative, full of suspense and colorful descriptions” Sailing Magazine

Here’s the full text of the review of Sea Trials from Sailing Magazine:
June 2017

“Wendy Hinman is an adventurer, sailor and storyteller. She grew up immersed in adventure from an early age, when her father’s job as a dentist in the Navy took her family to various places during her childhood. She learned to sail and embraced the freedom that it offered. Later Hinman and her husband spent many years on their sailboat, but this book is not that story.

Sea Trials is the true story of her husband’s family and their adventure cruising in the 1970s, when GPS and cell phones were not available and a family going cruising for five years was unique enough to garner media attention in many corners of the globe. Using these news articles along with detailed ship’s loge and other notes and records, Hinman retells her in-laws’ anecdotes in a beautiful tale of sailing, adventure and growing up in a close family on a 40-foot Maine Pinky.

Vela, the Wilcox family’s home for what was supposed to be five years, shipwrecked just 13 months after striking out on the adventure. With two teenagers onboard, finding the strength to overcome both physical and emotional challenges became the elder Wilcox’s primary responsibility. With the damage to Vela on the reef, engine troubles and lack of communications just added to the list of problems.
While there are many narratives of life at sea, few are told with such authority and grace. Since the author was not present for the adventure, she relies on a number of sources and points of view, weaving the details together in a patchwork that is richly multifaceted. The saga of the Wilcox clan is set against the backdrop of a dangerous and fulfilling time at sea, while encompassing the everyday life of a tight family at the same time. Struggles over finding landfall in the dark and fixing damaged rigging are on equal footing with squabbles over chores between the teenagers. Rose-colored glasses are not a part of Hinman’s repertoire, as the physical and emotional strain are evident throughout the book, especially from the mother’s point of view. Tasked with keeping children comfortable and safe at sea, her sheer exhaustion and concern for their well-being is palpable in some pages.

Hinman’s future husband, a teenaged Garth Wilcox, is the hero of the story. The years spent sailing with his family were not his last, and he has racked up many sea miles sailing with his wife. It is easy to see why she was attracted to a sailor who embraces the obstacles that sailing provides and uses them as a springboard to overcome other challenges.

Sea Trials is a captivating narrative, full of suspense and colorful descriptions of the sailing environment. Readers of all ages will enjoy this story and the skill with which it is told.”
Sailing Magazine

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Wendy Hinman to present at the Cape Cod Maritime Museum 6/19, 4:30-6pm


Wendy Hinman will be presenting at the Cape Cod Maritime Museum in Hyannis Port on Cape Cod, Monday, June 19, 4:30-6pm http://www.capecodmaritimemuseum.org/
Cape Cod Maritime Museum

135 South Street
Hyannis, MA 02601
Tel: 508-775-1723

A shipwreck might end a dream of circumnavigating the globe. Not for the Wilcox family. To triumph, they must rebuild their boat on a remote Pacific island. Damage sustained on the reef and a lack of resources haunt them the rest of the way around the world as they face wild weather, pirates, gun boats, mines and thieves, and starvation in a trial that tests them to their limits. Come hear Wendy Hinman share this amazing story and that of her own voyage years later with one of the survivors.

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Wendy Hinman Presenting and signing Sea Trials at Titcombs Bookshop June 16

Friday 6/16 Titcombs Bookshop in E. Sandwiche on Cape Cod, Presentation and signing 2-3pm

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Book Signing Eight Cousins in Cape Cod June 17th


What better gift for Dad for father’s day than a seafaring adventure story?

Wendy Hinman will be signing books on Saturday June 17th from 2-4pm in Falmouth, MA. Come visit this charming local book store and buy him a gift that he’ll remember: a personally autographed copy of this exciting story.

189 Main St Falmouth, MA 02540 | 508.548.5548 | books@eightcousins.com

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Celebrate Sailing with Summer Sailstice June 24/25

Find an event near you, or be the spark and organize an event yourself. You can win prizes just by signing up and entering one of our many contests. Add your Sailstice sailing plans, and you could win a Sunsail Charter, or any of dozens of other prizes! Find out more here: http://www.summersailstice.com/

Among the many great prizes, Wendy Hinman will be giving away two sets of her books. Enter today for a chance to win a copy of Tightwads on the Loose and Sea Trials.

Wendy Hinman will be spending her Summer Sailstice signing books at one of her favorite maritime venues, The Savoy Bookshop in Westerly, Rhode Island from 3-5pm during her East Coast Book Tour. Look for her at other venues on the Cape and in sailing hotspots along the coasts of Massachusetts and Connecticut.

http://www.summersailstice.com/prize/wendy-hinman

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Sailing Magazine Rave Review for Sea Trials

While it doesn’t hit the news stands until June 1, subscribers of Sailing Magazine have already heard about what a great read they’ll find in Sea Trials: Around the World with Duct Tape and Bailing Wire.

“Sea Trials is a captivating narrative, full of suspense and colorful descriptions of the sailing environment. Readers of all ages will enjoy this story and the skill with which it is told.” Sailing Magazine

Here’s a picture of the pages featuring the review in the June issue of Sailing, taken by a fan, Terri Benward Benz.

Pick up a copy on your news stand.

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Interview with Wendy Hinman and BookYourSales.Com



Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you came to write your book.
As a kid, I wrote poems and songs. But writing wasn’t a “career.” Though I came from a family of readers, no one in my family was a writer or knew any writers personally. I didn’t have any “connections.” But I had hopes. In 8th grade, for a class project, we assembled our essays and poems into a book. As modest as it was, that act left an impression on me. As an adult after years in international business, enjoying the report writing aspects of my jobs the most, during the dot com boom I shifted into working as a technical writer, a web content manager, and an online magazine editor, but I always secretly longed to author books. Marrying my love of sailing and adventure with my love of writing seemed a natural place to begin publishing book-length manuscripts.

What is your newest book about, and where did your decision to write it come from?
Over the years I’d been hearing snippets of the epic voyage my husband had taken with his family around the world and their shipwreck when he was fourteen. Family dinners had been filled with “you remember the time when …
⦁ gun boats forced us to sail across mines in the Red Sea?
⦁ our pilot Abdul got lost in the Suez Canal?
⦁ the boat starting sinking in Israel?
⦁ Mom tried to poison us?
⦁ we ran out of food and nearly starved?

Such tantalizing anecdotes intrigued me. I got possession of the famous letters the family had mailed home. Hundreds of them. Inside them was more detail than any writer could hope for. Too much, sometimes. But in combing through them I fleshed out the outline of the story that I’d developed in my mind of the voyage. I asked a lot of questions of the family members and took copious notes. I consulted guide books and sailing directions, maps, and the ship’s log to ferret out the details. I read the newspaper articles, listened to the interviews with the family. And started writing. And double checking details with the ones who had lived through it. With a rough draft completed, I had them read every word to check for inaccuracies or things that didn’t seem true to their experience. It was a family bonding experience.

I got possession of the famous letters the family had mailed home. Hundreds of them. Inside them was more detail than any writer could hope for. Too much, sometimes. But in combing through them, I fleshed out the outline of the story that I’d developed in my mind of the voyage. I asked a lot of questions of the family members and took copious notes. I consulted guide books and sailing directions, maps, and the ship’s log to ferret out the details. I read the newspaper articles and listened to the interviews with the family. And started writing. And double checking details with the ones who had lived through it. With a rough draft completed, I had them read every word to check for inaccuracies or things that didn’t seem true to their experience. It was a family bonding experience.
What I uncovered was such a dramatic story that I could hardly believe anyone had truly lived through it. Especially people I knew. It featured things like pirates, gun boats, mines, thieves, starvation, and scurvy.
And that’s AFTER surviving the shipwreck.

How long did it take you to write the book?
It took me a couple of years.

Read the rest of the Interview here: https://bookyoursales.net/tightwads-loose-sea-trials-author-wendy-hinman

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Wendy Hinman to Present at Village Books June 9

Wendy Hinman will share juicy tidbits from her new book, Sea Trials: Around the World With Duct Tape and Bailing Wire at Village Books in Bellingham, Washington on June 9th at 7pm.


Fri, 06/09/2017 – 7:00pm

Event address:
Village Books and Paper Dreams
1200 11th St
Bellingham, WA 98225-7015

From the Village Books Website:
*Join us for this FREE Lit Live! event — meet the author and get your book signed!*

A shipwreck might end a dream of circumnavigating the globe. Not for the Wilcox family. To triumph, they must rebuild their boat on a remote Pacific island. Damage sustained on the reef and a lack of resources haunt them the rest of the way around the world as they face wild weather, pirates, gun boats, mines and thieves. Without a working engine or a way to communicate with the outside world, they struggle to reach home before their broken rig comes crashing down and they run out of food in a trial that tests them to their limits. It’s a skillfully-told story of tenacity and grit filled with glimpses of the fascinating cultures they encounter and enough levity to keep readers of all ages hooked to a suspenseful, satisfying ending. Don’t miss this Kirkus best book of the month pick.

Wendy Hinman is the award-winning author of Tightwads on the Loose, the story of her 34,000-mile seven-year voyage aboard a 31-foot boat with her husband, Garth Wilcox, the teenage hero of her new book, Sea Trials, which has garnered a Kirkus starred review and selection as a book of the month. She is also the editor of the Writers Connection, in which we interview successful writers about the craft of writing.

Can’t make it to an event? No problem! You can pre-pay and receive a signed, personalized copy of the book you want. We ship!

View event details here: http://www.villagebooks.com/event/wendy-hinman-060917

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Eddy Book Reviews Interview with Wendy Hinman

Interview with Wendy Hinman, award-wining author of Tightwads on the Loose and Sea Trials.

Tell us about how you evolved into a successful book author.

I wrote stories for the radio in college and began submitting articles to various publications. It was a thrill to share what I’d written and see it in print. For a time I worked as a technical writer. Then I edited an online magazine and managed web content for a number of organizations. I became a journalist and regular contributor to several magazines and wrote a popular blog about our travels. Through that I generated an audience who loved my stories and wanted to read more. They encouraged me and kept asking me when the book would be out. I can’t emphasize enough how much that helped keep me going when I grew discouraged.

I have a group of writers with whom I meet every week and they helped keep me going. All are serious about developing their craft and publishing. Between us, we have eight books and countless nationally published and award winning articles and stories. These writers inspire me and keep me focused on producing high quality material on a regular basis. Also, I am the editor of the Writers Connection Magazine, in which we interview many New York Times bestselling authors and learn from them. For more info, visit http://www.writersconnection.org and to become a subscriber.

Read the rest of the interview here:

https://eddybookreview.wordpress.com/2017/03/15/wendy-hinman-interview/

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Sea Trials is “completely riveting” according to the San Francisco Book Review

The San Francisco Book Review says of Sea Trials:

“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.”

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