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Cape Horn: One Man's Dream, One Woman's Nightmare
Author: Reanne Hemingway-Douglass
Publisher: FineEdge.com LLC
Quality: Scanned pages
Pages count: 340
Description: In "CapeHorn: One Man's Dream, One Woman's Nightmare," Réanne Hemingway-Douglass vividly recreates a sailing voyage in which she and her husband Don set out to round Cape Horn. As the reader discovers, they never quite gotthere. Meanwhile, Hemingway-Douglass shares the heady magic of starlitnights and breathtaking dawns, grueling and toilsome days, emotionsranging from joy to absolute terror, and a determination not to give uphope when all seems lost.
Situated on the southernmost tip ofSouth America, Cape Horn is surrounded by some of the most treacherouswaters on the planet due to its gigantic waves, lurking icebergs, strong currents, and high winds. The Panama Canal was built at huge expenseas a way to avoid Cape Horn. To this day, the Horn is a dangerouschallenge for even the most experienced yachtsmen. The author'shusband, Don, had dreamed all his life of rounding the Horn. RéanneHemingway-Douglass knew this when she married him, and dutifully agreedto accompany him as crew.
Five hundred miles northwest of CapeHorn, the Douglass's 42 foot sailboat, "Le Dauphin Amical," waspitchpoled by a monster rogue wave (more than 80 to 100 feet high) in aForce 11 storm. Hemingway-Douglass and her husband spent the next 42days struggling to reach safety aboard their crippled vessel. Survivingeach day was a miracle, a true adventure in living.
In recounting their story, the author broaches the love-hate relationship of a ship's captain and its crew. Captains are solitary humans driven by their owngoals, agendas, and methods. The captain is the one who must make thehard decisions--no matter how difficult, dangerous, or demanding they are for the crew.
Don Douglass, captain of the "Le Dauphin," was noexception. Fortunately, he was also highly competent, extremely driven,and unrelenting--all characteristics required for survival in dangeroussituations.
A novice sailor, Hemingway-Douglass discovered thatDon's role of captain superseded his role as her husband and lover--forbetter or for worse. I know of no other nautical book that accuratelyand honestly portrays this transformation. It is a forthrightperspective about life onboard that all sailors, captains and crews,should acknowledge before setting sail together.
The authorpassionately captures and vividly describes her months at sea with herhusband, her captain, in this page-turner true adventure that testedtheir endurance and their marriage.