Albatross Author:Deborah Scaling Kiley The true story of a woman's survival at sea- — On a crisp autumn day, the fifty-eight foot yacht Trashman, owned by a dumpster magnate, set sail from Maine for Florida with three young people on board: John, the laid-back captain, always looking for a reason to celebrate; Meg, John's girlfriend, who wasn't much of a sailor and had been banned fro... more »m the boat by the owner; and Debbie Scaling, a young woman and experienced sailor from Texas who had never said no to a dare in her life. In Annapolis they picked up two more crew members; Mark, a wild-eyed, hard-drinking Englishman, and Brad, the easygoing younger brother of an old friend of Debbie's.
What was supposed to be a simple boat delivery became a nightmare when an eighty knot gale blew up out of nowhere. the dinghy washed overboard, the sails were shredded and John burned out the engine trying to make a run for shore. When a forty-foot wave crashed though the cabin windows, Trashman went down in minutes, leaving the crew adrift in huge seas in a small life raft quickly surrounded by sharks. For days without food or water, they huddled together for warmth, and watched several ships sail past as they tried to signal for help. By the time a Russian freighter rescued them, several of the crew members had perished. Albatross is the story of how the survivors made it. One of the most remarkable stories of survival ever written, listeners will be amazed at this harrowing tale of life, death, and the power of the sea.« less
A young woman, in the way of those who are fearless (because they don't know any better, I having been one so I know whereof I speak), takes a perilous journey in the company of a crew who are very obviously not seaworthy. Miraculously, she survives; and it's all TRUE.