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Albatross: The True Story of a Woman's Survival at Sea
Albatross The True Story of a Woman's Survival at Sea Author:Deborah Scaling Kiley, Meg Noonan 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, free-spending captain, who turned every small triumph into a celebration; Meg, John's girlfriend, who wasn't much of a sailor and had been banned from the boat by t... more »he owner; and Debbie Scaling, a young woman 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 younger brother of an old friend of Debbie's.
What was supposed to be an easy cruise turned into a nightmare as a seventy-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 through the cabin windows, Trashman went down in minutes, leaving the crew adrift in the storm-tossed Atlantic in a rubber dinghy that was quickly surrounded by sharks. For days they huddled together for warmth, watching ships sail past as they signaled for help. By the time a Russian freighter spotted the dinghy, only two of the group were still alive.
Albatross tells how they made it. It is one of the most remarkable stories of survival ever written.« less