Written with Bernadette Brennan immediately following her circumnavigation, Maiden Voyage, Tania Aebi’s spellbinding account of her epic solo journey around the world, is currently in its fourteenth trade paperback printing. It has been translated into eight languages, and portions of it have been anthologized in many collections. It also spent three weeks on The London Times bestseller list, and was selected in 1998 as a Best Book For Young Adults by the American Library Association. As Walter Cronkite put it, Maiden Voyage is “an exciting tale of an extraordinarily brave and romantic adventure.”
“Like most first-class yarns of passage-making heroics, Aebi’s story is a much deeper adventure of the kind of self-discovery that one finds only when pushing toward one’s limit.” – The Boston Globe
I’VE BEEN AROUND
In 1997, Tania Aebi was hired as a columnist by the fledging sailing magazine Latitudes & Attitudes. “Casual and friendly in its approach to the sailing world, the magazine’s tone provided me with a place to explore my own reflections on what I already knew and continued to learn about the sailing way of life and how to share it all with others.” In over twenty years of cruising by herself and with family, and leading ten-day flotillas to charter destinations in a professional capacity, she has gathered many anecdotes, observations, opinions, cautionary tales and advice. Indeed, she has been around. In this, her first book since Maiden Voyage, there is something for the armchair sailor dreaming about sailing off one day, as well as for the sailor in the cockpit actively chasing those horizons.
“Aebi helps us remember that sailing and being on the water are the important things, not how much the boat costs or whether we have all the latest gadgets and doohickies. Since she sailed around the globe in a 26-foot boat without GPS, perhaps we can learn a few lessons from her.” – Carolina Currents
THE LOG OF SHANGRI-LA
In 2007, with her sons aged 16 and 14, Tania bought a steel sloop in Saint Maarten, a Deviliers 36, and with her boys, sailed it across the Caribbean, through the Panama Canal, and across the South Pacific, via the Marquesas and Tuamotus, to Tahiti. There, she handed the boat and boys over to their father, and they continued on for the second half of the voyage across the Pacific, stopping in the Cook Islands, Samoa, Wallis and Futuna, Fiji and New Caledonia—joint custody goes to sea for one school year. See the pictures and read all about it in a chronicle of the voyage Tania kept underway for Boat US.
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