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intertwine in this book, taking us through territory that is both
exciting and real. Two people, young and naďve, sail around the world in a
small boat. They don’t
hang out in jet set destinations, but go places that most would
consider not only remote, but also dangerous.
They’re ill prepared, but have what it takes to survive and
enjoy what they find along the way—except maybe themselves.
Crossing oceans, evading pirates, dealing with illness in third
world areas, and battling storms are all tough enough.
But when you and your spouse are doing this while living
together in a small bouncing precarious space, often seeing no one
else for days, you discover adventures of a deeper sort.
You go where you haven’t gone before, but within your own
psyche. Alayne Main takes
us there too, with refreshing candor, sharing the struggle and victory
of learning who you are and what you want.
These two adventures take you back and forth from abstract to
concrete, and the experience is entertaining, exciting, thought
provoking, and inspiring.”
you have ever dreamed of living the cruising life, you should read Sailing
Promise. Not only is it a great story of a young couple sailing
their catamaran around the world, it is also an honest examination of
what it really takes to make dreams come true – courage,
determination and an unfailing spirit.”
story Alayne and Alec share is a great lesson on the importance of
taking control of one’s own attitude, for better or worse.”
“This is an
unusual book, written with remarkable candor. It will appeal to all
contemplating long distance cruising in small boats.”
Alayne speaks about going cruising, women (and men) listen… she
describes what it’s really like to set sail into the unknown with a
shares her deepest joys and fears of ocean voyaging, and how, with the
love and encouragement of her husband Alec, she came to find
fulfillment and an appreciation of the cruising lifestyle.”
wins our hearts as she speaks from hers.”
teaches many lessons in confronting the challenges of sailing and
growing together as a couple.”
Promise is the wonderfully engrossing and very honest story of a young
couple negotiating the treacherous reefs and shoals of the world’s
oceans – as well as their own marriage. You’ll love it!”
finished reading your book and I loved it. And I've never sailed! ...I
enjoyed both your journeys - the actual trip and the discovery of
yourselves. I'm envious of your ability to go into the unknown with
anticipation, and sometimes fear.
you very much for sharing your book with us. I found it to be a
superbly honest, insightful and inspiring piece of work!...Thank you
to both of you...for taking us along for a glimpse of your incredible
journey and sharing your experiences on various levels.
signed your great book at the boat show in Toronto - Sandra "Live
your dreams". We built our dream home. I took up motorcycling at
age 63 - and love it. I also had 4 boats and always found my way back
to home base. Have a great time with your loving family. Thanks,
Alayne and Alec.
we are at different stages of life (I am 42, a parent to two teenagers
and won't start my cruising in earnest for 5 more years), some of your
fears and your challenges mirror mine. How will I function in a storm?
Will I become so frightened that I can't help my husband? I loved your
book and the stories of the people you met. As well as being a
wonderful story, it helped me see a way to master my concerns.
finally finished reading your book...and I still can't wipe that smile
off my face...Your book was an excellent read, and I feel that I was a
part of all your adventures.
wanted to let you know that I thoroughly enjoyed sailing around the
world with you. I dearly loved telling my kids aged 5 and 7 that you
were swimming in waters with sharks, or that your boat hit a whale
last night. I would update my husband with your location before he
drifted off to sleep. I personally loved relating to your sailing
fears and courage. Even though my sailing experiences have been
limited to Lake Erie I could relate my own courage, then extreme fear
and then to great enjoyment with caution. We recently sold our
sailboat and I was feeling very sad. Thanks for lifting my spirits and
letting me enjoy your journey. Oh, by the way, you couldn't have hit
the nail more closely on the head had we spent 7 years in relationship
therapy with you as our therapist. Trying not to attack each others
weaknesses is one of many to remember. Ten years of marriage and still
learning what you seem to have learned in three. Thanks again and
perhaps someday we'll be sailing again.
wife and I really enjoyed the presentation you gave in London -
finished the book and I thoroughly enjoyed it...I look at your book
with a bit of jealousy but more importantly with admiration for what
the two of you accomplished!
My husband Karl and I have recently returned
from a one year sabbatical cruise. We left October 2001 and traveled
the ICW to Florida, where we spent the winter months. I read your book
before we left, and twice during our cruise. We too have returned to
full time employment, but will miss greatly the peace and tranquility
of cruising. You have my greatest admiration, since I would never be
brave enough to cross an ocean.
I enjoyed your book tremendously, and I wish
you great success.
Your book is great - an autographed edition
from the Atlantic City Sail Expo, that a good friend of mine loaned
me. I talk about my sailing dreams all the time and he thought that I
would enjoy it... the web site is great and it's nice to see that your
dreams are still continuing.
So cool! Your book means a lot to me because,
Alec is soooo like my boyfriend and I totally related to you on all
aspects of sailing and just life. The adventurer, and the "Wait,
I don't know, but o.k." Your book brought to light the reality of
circumnavigating the world, straight up!...reading your book,
especially from a woman's point of view, has given me even more hope
and power to do it...your book inspires more than you know...
It is 1:40am and I
just finished your book. It was a page-turner. I thoroughly enjoyed
Thank you so much for writing your book. I
learned a lot from reading about your experiences. Thanks again for
such an honest account of both your lives. Best wishes.
The conflicts and challenges that you
experienced in your relationship with Alec are so similar to those
I've experienced in past relationships and with my present girlfriend.
Maybe I can learn something from it. As you seem to suggest in your
book, its all about compromising sometimes to make things work.
I wanted to tell you how much I
appreciated you sharing your incredible trip, and you did it so well.
You covered a lot of material in a very short time. You are an
excellent speaker, and all without a mike. As I sit here spinning the
globe, I trace your route and imagine the distance and time elapsed as
your journey progressed. I envy you. Most people chose to remain
trapped in their working rut but you guys saw the world. I just sit
back and imagine the peace and quiet mixed with fascinating sights and
sounds of nature and exotic ports of call.
What a fantastic book! Thank you for
sharing your story.
Just finished reading your book and felt
compelled to write firstly just to say hello and secondly to
congratulate you on a great book written from the heart. It certainly
brought back lots of great memories of our trip and the trials and
tribulations we endured. I have already recommended it to a couple of
people heading off cruising. Not only does your book reveal the
strains it can place on a relationship but you also describe so well
the rewards of the cruising lifestyle and the magic locations we
visited. Well done!!
My wife really needed to hear about your
experiences and know that some else has had the same concerns as she.
She was interested in the trip before, but is now taking a more active
role in the planning. Hooray!...I just wanted to thank you.
We really enjoyed reading your book. Thank you
for being so honest and open. It will be about 4-6 years before we can
begin living on a catamaran, but we can't wait. I am sure I will
reread your book several times before that.
Your book I found particularly interesting
because it was written by you, Alayne. A woman's perspective was
something all the other books have lacked. I plan on sailing around
the world with my wife. Understanding each other's needs is so
important and I believe you have opened my eyes a little more as to
what can be expected.
Your absolute honesty was greatly appreciated,
as although I am keen to go sailing, I have some fears...I know that
reading your book has inspired me to believe that I could do this
trip, even though I am very emotional. Thanks for taking the time to
write your book, it truly made a difference in my feeling whether or
not I could actually sail on a long trip.
I wanted to send you a short note to let you
know how much your book touched me. I'm finding myself in the same
situation...Your vivid account of your feelings, your anxieties and
your joys of sailing were painfully honest and sincere. Although I
know that we will hit some of the same trials of sailing and
relationship hurdles that you and Alec did, (as well as many of our
own) I will have you there beside me to tell me that we're going to be
alright and to prove to me that I can go on. (even if I don't get the
hug). Thanks so much, Alayne.
...in order to get my busy wife to sit down and
take time for your book, I'm reading it to her. It allows her to relax
after a stressful day and dream of our own adventures.
It was so good to read your book, and to hear
your heart. It was so good to read a story about sailing that wasn't
from the "CAPTAIN'S" perspective. It confirmed for me the
reality of living in such tight quarters, and of the struggle of
relationships. Alayne I really appreciated your honesty, and am glad
that someone finally told the real story. I feel a lot more confident
that we can do this knowing that you survived, and became closer.
(Maybe we won't kill each other after all.)
I just finished your book...WOW! I really
appreciate your honesty in writing about your rising panic in
different situations. Us who wish to control our situations can find
loss of control (i.e. going along with the forces of the wind and
water) almost paralyzing! I couldn't wait to get to your book each day
as I read about the places you went and the way you dealt with your
interactions with the boat and each other. I actually enjoyed reading
that it is OK to feel afraid at times, and in the long run, it makes
you stronger, as it begins happening less and less! I was very happy
to read that you both worked through all your inner anxieties and came
out stronger! That's really what our lives is about, isn't it?!
Deciding who we really are to ourselves, not who we are based on
material possessions or what others might think!
I read your book this past Winter; it helped me
get-away from the dull-gray outside. I especially appreciated your
honesty, it felt like I was reading your diary. "Sailing
Promise" is the best book I have read in years.
I just wanted to say thanks for writing such a
wonderful account of your circumnavigation! The idea to write what it
was REALLY like was brilliant. I can't wait for my wife (who bought me
your book) to read it. ;) I tell everybody I know to that they should
read it in fact!
Just this second I completed your book - I have
to admit to dragging out the last few chapters cause i didn't want it
to end! My husband and I have been dreaming all our married life (24
yrs.) about cruising. We are now able to actually sell our house, buy
a boat and sail away like we've been talking about for so long! Thanks
to your wonderful book we are going to sit down and make concrete
plans to get our dream in action! Your book has given me a lot of food
for thought - I like to think I'm brave and adventurous, but I know at
times I'm going to be scared "spitless" out there! Knowing
other women are out there, feeling the same way will help me! And your
book has given Dave a "heads up" as to what he could expect
from me!!! As he read the book, he kept saying, "Wow, we are so
much like these guys!"
I am sending this note to let you know that I
was completely absorbed in every page. Your story was fascinating,
intriguing, honest, fun - the list is endless. Thanks for
I can't express to you how much I enjoyed this book. It wasFANTASTIC!! I hated to put it down... There were three parts in the book that actually made me cry; when you had to say good-bye to your friend Nathalie, when your parents visited you on your boat and when you lost the baby. I look forward to reading your next book about your next adventure. After reading about your husband's thrill for adventure, I'm sure there will be another one in the future!
Gail Reisch - Windsor, Ontario
I just wanted to let you know that your book is
from the very first page... You have let me realize dreams are attainable!
Just a short note to tell you how much my husband and I enjoy your book!You kept us glued to it up to the end!...I visited your website and read the first chapter and got so interested that I asked my husband to buy it for me as a Christmas present. We both read it and concluded that we also as you and Alec, perceived danger very different from each other, this was one issue that we have not considered and we have been married for 25 years. Imagine that! Over the past few years we have been reading books about cruising but none compare to yours! I enjoyed your website, especially the pictures of you and your family. Good work.
Blanca Eijsermans - Burlington, Ontario
I bought your book at the New Jersey boat show and just finished reading it.I enjoyed reading about your adventure and was most interested in your relationship issues. Thanks for you honesty and candor. Here is a laugh for you. One morning I got up early to read more of the book and to locate where you were. The chapter I was reading at the time had you going through one of those particularly fearful days. I found myself getting mad at Alec (sorry) and when my husband got up I told him all about it. I found myself ticked at Alec (sorry Alec) and tried to tell my husband what was going on. My voice got tense and I must have started to lecture my husband on how I would have killed him if he said or did such and such. He said "Stop, stop, Donna I'm not Alec -- your taking it out on me." Well, we laughed and laughed. You are a good writer. You really draw your readers into your story. I am sure you are both wonderful people!!
I just finished your bookand loved it. It was a Christmas present for my wife but I couldn't wait until she read it to get my hands on it. I too have often dreamed of the same adventure that the two of you undertook. My time will come. Thanks for the wonderful book and the visualization of the cruising world. Best of luck with everything in the future, and I hope you keep this site updated as it seems as if I've gotten to know just a little bit about you through your book.
David G. Duarte - Seattle, WA
Building and maintaining relationships is so very difficult in these very busy times. I really appreciate what you said and how you said it. Best of luck and I hope Oprah gets to read it. I know she will love it. The book needs to be read by everyone not just water people.
I noticed the emotions, fears and feelings that you shared are thesame exact ones that are concerning me at this time. Reading your story and how you turned everything into an adventure, has laid many of my fears to rest. And the fact that your relationship became stronger and better as time went by was a great comfort to me.
Terri Gibson - California
My partner is really intosailing and wants to sail around the world. I'm relatively new, suffer seasickness and all the fears you talked about in your book, I share! I'm nearing the end of your book and already it has given me great comfort. I've gone from thinking that I'll not be able to share Ian's dream and as a result our relationship could be in jeopardy, to maybe I could do it! I can't wait to give it to my partner to read.
Michelle - England
I went out and bought the book (when it first
came out) and read it in two
days. I didn't
know it then, but your book pointed me towards a new direction in
circumnavigate and experience first hand what many others wrote about.
also want to do it in a catamaran...I want to thank you Alayne Main
writing your book and congratulate you on deciding to publish it
that you wouldn't have to censor those emotional moments...Thank you
for having the courage to live your dream and setting an example for
the rest of us and making the whole thing
This book was an
excellent adventure story, but the thing that makes it so
enjoyable to read is that it is a
true story! It is a very deep emotional story
about our own inner fears and how we deal with them. Also I found that
it inspired me in my own life to
stand up and meet the challenges I face head
on. The other thing I liked is that it is written by a female but it
is not about being a
female but rather about relationships and how to deal with certain situations. I received the
book as a gift from my girlfriend and read
it in one night I just had to see how it would end!
Thank you...I felt like I had actually escaped
and been away to a remote
island myself. What a wonderful journey and as well a very talented
professional and writer...the book was just what I needed, when I
needed it most.
I'm glad I have
a chance to "talk" to you through your website. My wife,
Pat, and I sailed
for nine years on the Great Lakes on our Ontario 32, and I often
what it would be like to circumnavigate the globe by sailboat. Now I
I know. Your style of writing made me feel I was sailing
along with you, and I couldn't wait to find out what would happen
do some freelance travel writing (for the National Post and Toronto
and I know that writing about your experiences, and from the heart,
likely a lot more toil than many realize. Just thought
I'd let you know that I thoroughly enjoyed the result of your efforts.
The book was most enjoyable and we are impressed
by the way you spelled out
your feelings. There haven't been many books like that about cruising
it must be of great value for those who start dreaming.
I loaned your book to a friend here in Durban
who is petrified of going
cruising. She said she felt like she was with you the whole time and
thoroughly enjoyed reading your adventure. She identifies completely
what you went through and because of reading your book she's now
give cruising a try.
I just finished your book 30 seconds ago and
felt that I had to send you a personal thank you. You put into words
feelings that many people don't even want to think about. I know that
the information and insight you have provided will be of benefit to
myself and my family on our circumnavigation. I hope that you continue
to make your dreams come true and wish you all the very best that life
has to offer.
Excuse my informality but I feel as if I know you. Ipurchased your book and read it over a weekend. The moment I reached the last page I immediately went back to the first page and reread every page in the book again. I'm having to resist reading it again, but I will turn the book over for my wife to read. Not only is the book riveting, it is also so beautifully written. It's been years since a book has touched me on so many levels: As an adventure, a fantasy, a triumph of personal struggle and crisis, a travelogue and a wonderful, engaging story.
Oded Kishony - Charlottesville, Virginia
dreamed of circumnavigating, but have been stuck with the belief that
I never had the time, the partner, the knowledge, or the cash to do
so. However, after reading your book, I realize that everything is
work in a software firm as a technical writer supervisor. It is not
hard for me to value your writing. It reveals just enough of your
distress (almost grief) mid-voyage without immersing the reader, while
sharing enough of its resolution to allow us to hope for you and Alec.
Those of us who have gone through such personal agony value the
courage it requires to endure, face and apply constructively. You have
said less, and saying it so, it is more.
I do remember in Whangerei how we owned up to
our fears. I
really did enjoy the book and so did Zoe. She said you
write really well and even though it was about sailing she didn't find
it boring. I felt very sad when I read the bit about leaving Rode Beer
having gone through lots of good-byes myself and never coming to terms
with that side of cruising. That is something I really miss now, the
wonderful people we met.
I have never read a book in
regards to sailing /sailing trip with so much
discussion about thoughts and feelings before, and from a woman's
point of view.
It was very interesting. My wife has said a lot of the same things to
that you said to your husband. It now gives me a better understanding
what is going on when we sail together.
I just finished reading your book
after my wife hogged it to herself. I found
it refreshingly honest and candid. Many cruising books seem to leave
out the emotional reasons
for the life.
I just finished reading your book,
and I was very moved. I couldn't put your
book down once I started. Now that I'm finished, I wonder how I too
can discover the secrets to
I really related to you as a couple in that I
imagine that I would be the anxious
part of the equation. My husband is the more adventurous person and
I am the more conservative.
I really cannot imagine ever being adventurous enough
to do a trip like yours, but I hope to gain enough confidence to
sail in the Caribbean or
other more tame places... thanks for such an enjoyable
A friend of mine lent me your book, yesterday,
and I haven't been able to put it down since. You have just
crossed the Tasman Sea... I keep looking at the map and cannot believe
where you have sailed, so far. It's midnight here in Florida and
we are very comfortable tied to a dock. I can't wait to get up
in the morning and continue reading your adventure. Thank you
for sharing your extraordinary story with us!
Our liferaft measures 8 1/2" by 5 1/4"
by 3/4". It contains most of the necessary survival equipment to
see us through stormy times. Though our trek may not mirror yours in
geographical locales, it will reflect the daily mental, spiritual and
physical strains encountered on a small boat upon an ocean. Therefore
we can leave with an edge that many (including yourselves) never had.
A small but powerful book of waypoints of the soul...
Very well written and a wonderful insight as to how a couple copes out on the high seas.
It was so great for me to
read this because so many of the fears and worries that you had are the
same things I think I will feel.
Kudos on your accomplishments, Alayne. You are a role
model for myself, and I'm sure for many struggling female
sailors to follow.
I found your book to be really inspiring ...
and didn't want it to end!
Alayne, your book is wonderful. I just
devoured it. Your trip was fascinating and of course so
exciting compared to our now apparently dull lives (not
your fault of course!). Your insights about your trip
were touching and I was very moved by some of your
personal reflections about what life was like returning
home and how it was trying to fit back into our Western
world. It's something we all should be thinking about.
Your reflections are sometimes uncomfortable to face, but
all too true.
"So descriptive that
at times I felt seasick."
As long-time students and
teachers of our language we wish to compliment you on
your storytelling skills. They are excellent.
Your book was very inspirational
and I think helpful in coming to terms with my own fears
about sailing our new 16ft Hobie Cat - sailing is new to
me, part of a learning curve and practice sailboat for my
boyfriend of 5 years who hopes to buy a monohull and sail
to the Caribbean some day. Since I read your book I seem
much calmer and less anxious. I finished your book
yesterday, the same day our forestay broke sending our
mast crashing down 2 miles from shore, on my lap. I was
remarkably calm - my boyfriend is the captain, the thrill
seeker, afraid of nothing. Sailing the Hobie Cat on the
weekends, has been difficult for me - it's fast, I feel
out of control. I was a competitive swimmer for 10 years
and a lifeguard, and I can't understand why I can't
overcome my fears on this little boat knowing my swimming
abilities. With some more practice and your book, I seem
to be getting over it and we are actually thinking of
getting trapeze gear. Wish us luck!
The quotation from T.S. Eliot at the end of
your book speaks volumes. Yes, only when the sail was
over did you realize you had been on a philosophical
journey too, and were seeing with new eyes, new
perspectives, and new insights.
This is the first real book I have
read from cover to cover in a very long time and I loved
My wife and I both
found it a fascinating story and adventure - one that was
tough to put down. In fact, we almost ended up with two
copies - neither one of us wanted to put it down for the
other to 'catch up'.
I read it in a week and could
hardly sleep at night -- it brought up so many familiar
feelings for me. I felt as if it were an outlet for
emotions I felt over 4 years ago myself!
How does a doctor -- notorious
for staccatto, unfeeling institutional writing -- learn
how to write like Steinbeck??
What a gutsy book to write -- I'm
sure that a very high percentage of women who cruise with
their husbands feel almost exactly as you did only they
are afraid to tell it!
My hat is off to you and I
have totally related to your joys and fears.
I really enjoyed your book
and would recommend it to anyone. That was some trip and
you are to be congratulated in your seamanship like
We read a lot of books
before we went on our trip, but yours is the only one
I've found which tells the raw truth of the matter. I
wish we had it before we left. It would have helped us
understand better what we were getting into. The inner
journey is greater than the watery one.
The book is extremely well
written, with a narrative prose that was especially
descriptive and easy to read. In my view, it had a
perfect mix of adventure, the technical elements of doing
a circumnavigation, perspectives on your relationship,
and "interesting" characters. As Alec mentioned
to me at the book signing - "it's got something for
everyone" - indeed.
Your book is sheer poetry
yet provides a metaphor for the kind of experience many
of our students have - whose families and support systems
are elsewhere and who are experiencing serious doubts
concerning their capabilities. I have already recommended
it to two persons.
I think the book was
an act of generosity on your part: to be that honest
about the difficulties you encountered within yourself
and within your marriage couldn't have been easy. It
would have been easier to write about how brave and
adventurous and calm you had been. Good for you!
Great book, when
does the movie come out?
I've read the book
and highly recommend it. In fact, I purposely stretched
out reading the last 20 or 30 pages because I knew that
with the end, I'd be literally saying goodbye to two
'friends' who I had come to admire and respect. Not a lot
of books like that. For any male that's been faced with
trying to encourage a female partner to get as much
enjoyment out of a boat as he does, this is a must
The epilogue was
very moving for me and as I read the part where you
talked about 'we were really living on Madeline', tears
flowed down my cheek.
The evolution and
improvement of their communication and partnership is
even exemplary for older couples, and the natural and
complementary fit of engineering logic and feminine
sensitivity is so well described.
I could not put the
book down... she is so honest about everything that I
feel I would know her if I met her on the street.
We loved the book.
It was wonderful.
A frank portrayal of
the ups and downs of cruising around the world.
Alayne, I met you on
the last day of the Toronto Boat Show in January. When I
went home that night I read all the way to page 172! Your
writing style is excellent and some of the events you
describe are real page turners. I congratulate both of
you for the courage you found to take on such a journey -
and especially the courage to write about it so
Alayne has integrity
and she has guts.
I like the way you
can follow several story lines simultaneously - the
geographical adventure, the marriage and individual
growth... I admire the way you have exposed your most
vulnerable side to your friends, families and strangers.
You present it in an honest and warm way. You are
Arien and I could
relate to the very real fears Alayne experienced, and
interestingly, our situation was the reverse. Arien being
the more carefree of the two, with myself becoming more
fearful as our own trip progressed. I started to
visualize all the things that could go wrong with a
sailboat and cause it to sink to the bottom of the ocean
- the list goes on forever!
This is a
frightening kind of book to be reading while you're
waiting to marry someone. Usually when you hear scary
marriage stories, you say to yourself. "Oh that
can't happen to me". I can't say that to myself with
I found it a really satisfying read... I
must say throughout Book One, I didn't really connect
with either Alayne or Alec - Alayne was so anxious and
fearful and Alec was so distant and at times downright
infuriating - but their characters grew through the
journey, and perhaps to my surprise I was fond of both by
the end - in a sense they had become my friends.
for your comments about my book, but I wouldn't discount
the emotional and psychological
challenges of simply learning to cruise
with your mate. I appreciate you attacking that difficult subject and giving a touch of
reality to the cruising dream, which often
is over glorified."
"For anybody it is a captivating tale, but
for the sailor who has embarked or is preparing to embark on such a
voyage it will certainly ring some bells."
"...a journey of the mind, of a young
couple overcoming fears, of learning to live together in cramped
quarters, of analyzing the many whys and wherefores of life."
"Main hasn't written a traditional
cruising advice book, but it vividly exposes the turmoil the
non-sailing spouse can feel about long-distance cruising... one of the
most unguarded self examinations among those we've reviewed."
"The sublime beauty of nature and the sea
aside, what four years and circumnavigation aboard a 33-foot catamaran
really come down to are an intense personal journey into everything
from relationships to fear to emotional exhaustion and self-doubt.
Without putting us through group therapy, Alayne Main acknowledges
these issues in a rich if real recounting of the four-year voyage she
completed with her husband."
"This book is recommended to readers who are looking for an
escape from the drab Canadian winter, are considering embarking on an
adventure abroad, or are simply searching for an interesting look at a
life which moves up and down with the waves."
"It became a case of physician, heal thyself."
"A really interesting book
"There weren't any books that told her
what it was really like: so she wrote her own book that explores much
more than the countries she visited."
"A compelling story of two
journeys cleverly interwoven: the voyage of a young
Canadian couple, who put their burgeoning careers on hold
to sail around the world on a 33-foot catamaran; and the
journey of self-discovery by the author, Alayne Main, as
the new experiences and ways of living force her to come
to terms with her true self and her relationship with her
"What I really like about
your book is that you not only describe the outward
adventure, and what it is like to be on a boat, but you
also describe your own inner experiences, as a woman, as
a new wife, as a person confronted by a lot of
challenges... and you do a wonderful job of describing
the different levels that go on during the voyage... I
heartily recommend this book."
"At med school I was shown a
dead body and told, 'This is your cadaver to dissect,'
" she recalls. "Here I was on the ocean
thinking I might be the next cadaver."
"This book confirmed some
and challenged other life assumptions that I have
"Sailing Promise is
a story of an incredible physical journey; and a metaphor
for the journey called life."
"This latest round-the-world
narrative is particularly interesting for several
reasons. First, the voyage was done aboard a small
catamaran, not a well-documented mode of
circumnavigation. Second, the author, a woman, went into
the experience blindly and discovered well into the
voyage that she was unhappy. Instead of ditching her keen
husband, however, she decided to press on and make the
most of the situation. And it is fortunate that she did.
Her skeptical view of voyaging is refreshing, as is her
honest discussion of life aboard a small boat with only
one other person, in this case her husband."
"A newlywed's guide
to stormy weather."
"Even being on land
and in a relationship, I could relate to some of the
struggles they encountered, and then, being out at sea
"An exciting and
passionate story... For all those who dream of living a
"Cover to cover
adventures - if you pick this up, you won't be able to
put it down until it's done."
"Theirs is a story of
love. And with it swarms all the bittersweetness that
keeps you on edge in a relationship, all that keeps you
conscious of your strengths and weaknesses."
"It's a wonderful
book... even if you don't have an interest in sailing,
her story alone is terrific."
"They left on a
journey that would test their relationship, that would
change their lives... It's not a travelogue."