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Sailing a Serious Ocean

Sailboats, Storms, Stories and Lessons Learned from 30 Years at Sea
Written by: John Kretschmer
Narrated by: Sean Runnette
Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
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After sailing 300,000 miles and weathering dozens of storms in all the world's oceans, John Kretschmer has plenty of stories and advice to share. John's offshore training passages sell out a year in advance, and his entertaining presentations are popular at boat shows and yacht clubs all over the English-speaking world. John's talent for storytelling enchants his audience as it soaks up the lessons he learned during his often challenging voyages. Now you can take a seat next to John - at a lesser cost - and get the knowledge you need to fulfill your own dream of blue-water adventure.  

In Sailing a Serious Ocean, John tells you what to expect when sailing the oceans and shows how to sail safely across them. His tales of storm encounters and other examples of extreme seamanship will help you prepare for your journey and give you confidence to handle any situation - even heavy weather. Through his personal stories, John will guide you through the whole process of choosing the right boat, outfitting with the right gear, planning your route, navigating the ocean, and understanding the nuances of life at sea.  

Our oceans are beautiful yet unpredictable - water that is at one moment a natural mirror for the glowing sun can turn into a foamy, raging wall of fury. John knows our oceans, and he is one of the best teachers of taming and enjoying them. Before you set off across the big blue, turn to John for his inspirational stories and hard-learned advice and discover the serious sailor in you.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2014 John Kretschmer (P)2019 Tantor
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great book and well narrated

I enjoyed this book a lot. there are a lot of valuable knowledge for wanna be blue water sailers. the narrator did a great job. please audible get us more awesome John Kretshmer books.

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Dream material

An interesting collection of yarns about long distance yachting. Occasionally a little repetitive. A collection of advice and information on many aspects of boats and gear (slightly better suited to print format). Left me wanting to take a deep water voyage with the author!

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Lot info but pretty boring to listen.

Is an okay book to read when you do not have another in hand. Also, I didn’t enjoyed the fact someone read the book for me, but I listen it on a long drive, so it kept me awake, otherwise I will never go to the end of the records. Overall, I didn’t like the stories. It is not a book that I will read again, however others may enjoyed it. I would prefer more technical or sailing skills review than a generic overview of sailing oceans. Personal point of view.

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  • Aleksander Styrvold Kristoffersen
  • 2019-05-09

Fantastic book on ocean sailing

Loved listening to it while I'm working renovating my own sailboat. I'm relatively new to sailing, and this book made me dream of open oceans. Have dream to circumnavigate the globe some day, and this book have vital information and thougts on how to meet those challanges ahead on a serious ocean. Liked the narrators voice, calm and clear. Kretschmer possesses a ton of information. I also liked the chapter for suggested literature on open ocean sailing. Thank's for sharing your wisdom Kretschmer. I wished Kretschmer could discuss more about pros and cons between long keel boats and modern fin keel boats. Maybe a topic for a book in the future?

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  • Lionel Medina
  • 2019-08-06

Absolutely brilliant!

Absolutely one of the best audio books I've ever heard. I can't decide if the book was more entertaining or informative. I learned so much.. And I was glued to my Bluetooth.. Hanging on every word spoken.

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  • Virgil Grillone
  • 2019-05-03

A modern classic

As the fame is this book continues to spread, it will be read for generations to come. An excellent writer, storyteller, and educator, John Kretschmer will be remembered and spoken of long after the storm of his captaining has passed.

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  • MS
  • 2019-06-15

Great book, practical advise

Great book that gives practical advise for those who yearn to get their own boat and sail over the horizon. A few minor mispronunciation by the reader.

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  • Robert S. Mellis
  • 2019-12-28

Delicious Arm Chair Adventures

Wonderful story telling...and filled with wisdom.
As an old sailor who has now washed up on the shore, this book lifted me up and rekindled dreams of adventures past. I couldn’t ask for more.

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  • gooch842
  • 2019-05-20

best sailing book I've listened to so far 😊<br />

I've heard 10 books or so on audible about sailing and this one is the best!

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  • Mike
  • 2019-07-29

Eh, not-for-me

I certainly have less experience and stories to tell than Mr. Kretschmer, and my rating in no-way reflects adequately his capabilities at sea. While there are moments of great story telling here, there are also chapters where this felt like an itemized to-do list from planning yet another of his passages; like I was listening to a repair manual (no, I did not download all of the recommended materials first). Almost like a textbook someone reads aloud, where you can't see the arrows and references.

If your goal is to make a list of requirements for your own crossing, then this might just be the book for you; apologetically, it just wasn't for me.

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  • HonorxIntegrity
  • 2020-07-11

Worth it!

I enjoyed this audiobook so much, I went back a few times more, and enjoyed it just as much as the first time.

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  • Heather Mitchell
  • 2020-07-09

Fantastic wealth of knowledge!

Wonderful telling of fascinating stories and interesting & important knowledge told throughout. I will definitely be listening to this audiobook again and again for all the wonderful experience and information it gives. Highly recommend for current blue water sailors as well as those of us wishing one day to become one!

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  • Zort
  • 2020-06-29

informative and imersive

a book written by a man gifted at telling, and deeply in love with sailing the ocean.