Sea Trials by Wendy Hinman Selected a Kirkus Book of the Month!

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:

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/wendy-hinman/sea-trials1/

Don’t miss this real-life “modern, swashbuckling adventure”

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Wendy Hinman to Premiers her New Book at CYC San Francisco

Wendy Hinman discusses and premiers her new book, Sea Trials at Corinthian Yacht Club of San Francisco. Thursday, April 13, 7pm.

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.

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Wendy Hinman at Pacific Sail and Powerboat Show

Wendy Hinman will be sharing her new book, Sea Trials, as well as her hit book Tightwads on the Loose, and her expertise at the Pacific Sail and Powerboat Show.

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.

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Sea Trials Now On Sale!

The book has now officially launched. That means it is for sale worldwide at many major retailers. Here are a few links:

Ask for it at you local bookstore. They can order it if they don’t have it on hand.
Order it directly from the printer here.
Order it from Amazon here.

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Launch Day is Here!

Welcoming the release of Sea Trials!

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.

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Bruce Barcott says Sea Trials had him “turning pages at flank speed”

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/

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More great reviews for Sea Trials

“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

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Seattle area author Wendy Hinman set to launch new book with events


Story on Three Sheets Northwest:


For most sailors, a shipwreck might end the dream of circumnavigating the globe. But not for the Wilcox family.

In SEA TRIALS, Seattle-area author Wendy Hinman (Tightwads on the Loose) recounts the Wilcox family’s incredible high seas adventure as they set off in 1973 to sail around the world aboard their 40-foot sailboat, Vela. Thirteen months later, they are shipwrecked on a coral reef with a gaping hole in the side of their boat.

After years invested in saving money, preparing the boat, and learning to navigate by the stars, parents Chuck and Dawn refuse to give up. Fourteen-year-old Garth is determined to continue, while eleven-year-old Linda never wanted to go in the first place. Can they overcome the emotional, physical and financial challenges to transform from castaways into circumnavigators?

To triumph, these pioneers 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 daunting obstacles, including wild weather, pirates, gun boats, mines and thieves plus pesky bureaucrats and cockroaches as stubborn as this family. Without a working engine and no 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 on a trial that tests them to their limits.

SEA TRIALS official release is April 1, and there a number of speaking and signing appearances where you can catch Hinman.

Upcoming SEA TRIALS events include:

March 9: Corinthian Yacht Club Seattle at Shilshole, 6-8:30 p.m. Presentation and party, CYC 7755 Seaview Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98117. (206) 789-1919

March 16: Ravenna Third Place Books, 7 p.m. Presentation and book signing; Pre-launch party. 6504 20th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98115. (206) 525-2347

April 1: 3 p.m. Magnolia Bookstore. 3206 W. McGraw St., Seattle, WA 98199. (206) 283-1062. Official Book Launch Day

April 6-9: various times, Strictly Sail Pacific Boat Show, Richmond, CA. Presentations and signings.

April 13: 7 p.m., Corinthian Yacht Club of San Francisco. Presentation and signing.

April 28: 1 p.m., KPTZ 91.9 Port Townsend radio interview with host Phil Andrus on Tossed Salad program.

May 4: 7 p.m., Eagle Harbor Book Company. Presentation and book signing. 157 Winslow Way E., Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

June 2017 East Coast: Cape Cod, Mystic Seaport, Newport RI, Massachusetts, details TBA

July 3, 2017 3pm. Liberty Bay Books Presentation and book signing. 18881 Front St NE # D, Poulsbo, WA 98370

More events to come. Visit the events page on www.wendyhinman.com for most up-to-date information.

Read the full article here:

http://www.threesheetsnw.com/blog/2017/03/seattle-area-author-wendy-hinman-set-to-launch-new-book-with-local-events/

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Celebrating Sea Trials at Eagle Harbor Books May 4


Wendy Hinman is excited to share her new book, Sea Trials, at Eagle Harbor Book Company
Thursday May 4, 7pm

Veteran voyager Wendy Hinman, the author of laugh-out-loud award-winning memoir Tightwads on the Loose, shares another true story of adventure and the stubbornness of dreams. Sea Trials is the timeless story of a family and their struggle to finish what they started. Follow the daunting challenges they face and get a glimpse of the fascinating cultures they encounter in a story with enough levity to keep readers of all ages hooked to a suspenseful, satisfying ending.

A shipwreck might end a dream of circumnavigating the globe. Not for the Wilcox family. With years invested in saving money, preparing the boat, and learning to navigate by the stars, parents Chuck and Dawn refuse to give up. Fourteen-year-old Garth is determined to continue, while eleven-year-old Linda never wanted to go in the first place. Can they overcome the emotional, physical and financial challenges to transform from castaways into circumnavigators?

*Selected as a Kirkus Book of the Month.

Don’t miss this real-life “modern, swashbuckling adventure.”

To learn more about this fantastic bookstore, visit their website:

http://www.eagleharborbooks.com/

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Celebrate Wendy Hinman’s new book March 16th

Be one of the first to get your hands on Wendy Hinman’s new book, Sea Trials at a book party at Ravenna Third Place Books

Date: Thursday, March 16, 2017, 7pm
Event: New book from Award winning author Wendy Hinman: Sea Trials
Location: Third Place Books, Ravenna, 6504 20th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115 (206) 525-2347

Reading at University Bookstore

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