66 Days Adrift: A True Story of Disaster and Survival on the Open Sea

by William Butler | Biographies & Memoirs | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0071438742 Global Overview for this book
Registered by xtrdnry of Parkdale, Victoria Australia on 9/28/2013
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Journal Entry 1 by xtrdnry from Parkdale, Victoria Australia on Saturday, September 28, 2013
The lure of paradise was unmistakable, and Bill Butler was on a quest to find it with his wife Simonne--riding the Pacific currents on their sloop "Siboney," with a world of possibilities ahead. But, twelve hundred miles from land, the alluring ocean showed its deadly side when, without warning, a pod of pilot whales attacked their sailboat, battering it until it sank beneath the waves. The dazed couple was left drifting in midocean in a leaky six-foot raft meant for coastal waters, with only a few hastily grabbed provisions to sustain them. Simonne, who had never truly shared Bill's dream of circumnavigating the globe, blamed him bitterly for their desperate plight.

In this powerful account of their 66-day odyssey, Butler tells a gritty, harrowing tale of their battles against nature, despair, and their own demons. He reveals how he and Simonne found the strength to survive despite the ravages of hunger, storms, and sharks. Based on Butler's faithful log entries, "66 Days Adrift" is both a chilling cautionary tale for sailors with big ideas and an inspiring story of love, faith, and survival against long odds.

Journal Entry 2 by xtrdnry at Green Sage Cafe in Templestowe, Victoria Australia on Saturday, November 2, 2013

Released 8 yrs ago (11/9/2013 UTC) at Green Sage Cafe in Templestowe, Victoria Australia

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Leaving on the bookshelf by the front door.

Journal Entry 3 by wodfest at Melbourne CBD, Victoria Australia on Saturday, November 30, 2013
Picked up last Saturday at Green Sage. Only on page 24 but already it's exciting.

Journal Entry 4 by wodfest at Green Sage Cafe in Templestowe, Victoria Australia on Saturday, December 7, 2013

Released 7 yrs ago (12/6/2013 UTC) at Green Sage Cafe in Templestowe, Victoria Australia

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Great story. You know at the beginning how it ends but nevertheless you managed to be dragged along with the story. I held off looking em up on YouTube until I'd finished the book. Also I'm not convinced that I believe all of it and i must admit the whinging about his wife's whinging as well as the man-fish-hunt; woman-raft-housekeeper wore a touch thin.... But by then it was on to multi-week constipation buster-bog and I was laughing again. Won't be thinking about whales in quite the same light again. Did look up the killer whales behaving badly in captivity too. Yikes!

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