Caution to the Wind
On May 5th, 1994, at 9.30 am on a chilly, sunlit day, Ebony, a 36ft Roberts Spray, left the safety of Lyttelton Harbour in New Zealand, to venture into the unknown, where nothing would be predictable.
The voyage plan was to follow the famous trade wind route, sailing from New Zealand to England.
All too soon, they found themselves battling their way to Sydney, Australia. Caught in a ruthless storm with no contact with the outside world, they were truly alone. All the romantic notions of the ultimate cruising life disappeared into oblivion.
Step aboard Ebony and take an adventure, an epic 15-month voyage. Experience this day-to-day passionate tale, packed with intrigue, and at times suspense. Experience the delights of the lands visited and learn more about the world of international sailing. This was a life-changing adventure, with a dramatic, unexpected, ending.
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Caution to the Wind
She and her partner answered the call of the sea. They wanted to heed to the breeze and sway to the wind. Such was the image of what would be expected of the sojourn. The reality was different. Marred with seasickness, a faulty water trap, uncooperative winds, and even loss of a crew member, Lin and Geoff were in for the ride of their lives. So many hurdles thrown into their plans and expectations. Frequently doubting their plans. Getting on each other’s nerves at some point. This is an outline of the journey from New Zealand to England. With an unexpected end, this story is one of a kind.
In Caution to the Wind the author does not leave even the bad parts untold. If you are going to tell a story, tell the whole of it. That is what Linda Ford has done. She has given the reader an inside view into her adventure. Her passion for the sea is evident in her narration. However, she does not let her expertise boggle the reader’s mind. She tells her story in simple language. Even providing a glossary in the back which will come in handy because this book is immersive.
Linda has quite the writing skill. Her descriptions are vivid which is perfect for the many picturesque scenes that this story sails into. The book is fairly short and can be read in one siting. From the first page, I was taken with Lin and Geoff, and did not want to put the story down until the end. The author clearly knows how to capture the readers attention.
You know when you walk up to a group of people having a conversation and it takes you a little while to catch up? That is the feeling one might experience in the beginning. The first chapter sort of starts in the middle. It feels like there should have been something before that first chapter. However, you will catch on quickly to the flow of the story.
The chapters are really short and lends to the idea that this is more of a journal with the chapters being akin to journal entries of sorts, but I was left wanting a bit more structure to allow me to be immersed in this fantastic story even further.
Some talk about bravery. Others talk about going for it. This story is inspiring in it’s ability to unveil a story that captures both of these things. I mean if Lin and Geoff can stand against treacherous weather at sea for months with overlapping disappointments, surely no goal is too ambitious. This book will have you on the edge of your seat then it will have you off that seat going after whatever that goal is that you set aside. The story is one big adventurous metaphor for the way to live life.
Pages: 250 | ISBN: 0648164756
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Sold! Above Market
Author of Sold! Above Market, “Geoff Grist is the real estate agent selling for motivated vendors with high standards in the Mosman Neutral Bay area of Sydney Australia and Iis known for achieving results by having homes SOLD above market.”
What is the number one question that you get asked about buying a home?
What’s my home worth and have you got any buyers?
In Sold Above Market you mention ‘real estate agent speak’. What has been your experience with this lingo?
Real estate agents are notorious for using industry abbreviations and process names that may not be well known to sellers which fuels the mystery around selling so my book is designed to help educate sellers to make the process more transparent.
Do you think it’s important to find a real estate agent, or do you think this is something people can do on their own?
People will either have an agent in mind, often the one who sold them the home, or they won’t have a clue who to call so they need all the help they can get in finding the right agent not just the first agent they meet.
What was your inspiration for writing a book about the home buying process?
I find that the better educated sellers are about the process the smoother the whole transaction runs so my goal is to try and answer sellers questions before they even start which means they can make an informed decision about the right agent to sell for them.
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Selling real estate is extremely rewarding and to ensure you enjoy the very best real estate experience I have developed a six step process to sell your home in under 30 days. This is the very process I use to make my customers smile. – Geoff Grist
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