Sea Trials: Around the World with Duct Tape and Bailing Wire


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Salsa Press
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6.0 X 0.99 X 9.0 inches | 1.43 pounds
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About the Author

Wendy Hinman is an adventurer, speaker and the award-winning author of two books, Tightwads on the Loose and Sea Trials. Tightwads on the Loose a popular travel adventure book about the 7-year, 34,000-mile voyage she took with her husband aboard a small violently rocking sailboat where she alternated between feats worthy of Wonder Woman or Suzy Homemaker. It's full of humor and armchair thrills. Tightwads on the Loose was selected for the literature program for Western Washington University, won the Journey Award for best true life adventure story and was selected as a top travel book for women. Sea Trials, her eagerly anticipated second book (April 2017), has earned a Kirkus starred review (https: // and it is racking up many other favorable reviews already. Wendy Hinman has an insatiable curiosity and a natural inclination to share her discoveries. She loves stories: telling them, writing them, reading them and editing them. And she has plenty of engaging stories to tell, some serious, some not-so-serious. After years trotting the globe for business and vacation travel, she instigated a waterborne adventure on a 31-foot boat. Seven years later, she managed to return sane (or so she thinks), still married and innocent of plotting murder or divorce despite many "character-building opportunities" along the way. She's shared many of her (mis)adventures, yet many still remained untold. With so much material, she's sure to be telling stories for decades to come. Hinman is a sought-after speaker who has presented around the world for a number of years and is a club president of Toastmasters International. Her talks are filled with humor and inspiration as well as specific tips and examples. She frequently presents her entertaining tales at libraries, bookstores, and private clubs, as well as in media interviews. She also regularly presents at yacht clubs and boat shows on preparing for offshore voyaging for the other crazies who want to try it. She has presented at writers conferences on the craft of writing as well as marketing your book, and on the Secrets of Creating a Successful Critique Group. She has also spoken at the Seattle University's Search for Meaning Conference about Creating the Life You Want and to other groups on Turning Dreams into Reality. Book Wendy Hinman to present to your group today, from keynote speeches to intimate gatherings. For a partial list of topics, visit http: // For more information, visit http: // Listen to some of her interviews about her crazy adventures or her writing process at: http: // She is currently the editor of the Writers Connection, a bi-monthly newsletter on the craft of writing featuring NYT best selling authors.


..".The author's expressive writing captures the wonder of being at sea in all its glory ... her engaging narrative succeeds in capturing the thrills and frustrations of this intrepid family. Taking in remarkably far-flung destinations such as Christmas Island and the New Hebrides, this exhilarating book should appeal to any would-be explorer who has stood at the prow of a ship and dreamed of the possibilities. Highly readable and sufficiently evocative to sense the scent of sea air in the pages.--Kirkus Reviews (starred review). Selected Kirkus Book of the Month.

"What a tale! The Wilcox family's epic round-tripper had me turning pages at flank speed. Wendy Hinman crafts a true-life adventure story as outlandish and memorable as The Swiss Family Robinson, with shipwreck, reefs, dengue fever, gun-toting soldiers, and teenagers who won't do their homework." -- Bruce Barcott, author of Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw, The Measure of a Mountain, and Weed the People and a contributor to Outside and National Geographic magazines

"A modern, swashbuckling adventure." -- Seattle Book Review

"A gripping tale of a family's harrowing journey to sail around the world against seemingly insurmountable and deadly odds." --Robert Dugoni, the #1 Amazon and #1 Wall Street Journal author of the bestselling Tracy Crosswhite series

"Sea Trials is a skillfully told story of perseverance, ingenuity, and grit. Wendy Hinman is back with another gripping sea saga, one that's vivid enough to make you feel you're aboard the 40-foot Vela...or shipwrecked on a reef in Fiji. Hinman's pacing keeps the story humming along and her eye for detail helps us savor the voyage. Brief, well-placed excerpts from the family's letters read like gems in a treasure hunt." -- Janna Cawrse Esarey, author of The Motion of the Ocean

"This true story of the Wilcox family is completely riveting and simultaneously insanely frustrating - which means it's a great book! Hinman's attention to little details like family squabbles and disagreements or stop-gap repairs make the whole trip vivid and real and their concerns intense. . . . you are intensely caught up in the family's decisions and dilemmas while they are facing them and can sympathize with their recurrent optimism and desire to achieve their goal. Sea Trials immerses you in the Wilcox's world as you share their great adventure, for good and ill. It is an adventure that, for readers, is well worth the trip." -- San Francisco Book Review

"In a time before cell phones and laptops, the Wilcox family set out to sail around the world, but after a shipwreck, their adventure takes a dramatic detour. Thrilling, poignant, and hilarious moments surface as this family struggles to cope with each other, repair the wreck and most of all, to keep going." -- Debra Daniels-Zeller author of The Northwest Vegetarian Cookbook

"A satisfying read about the costs and rewards of human endeavor and the effects they have on a family." -- Jan Burak Schwert, author of Geezers' Guide to the Galaxy: A Lifetime of Travel Encounters

"A nail-biting adventure story."-- Elsie Hulsizer, author of Voyages to Windward and Glaciers, Bears and Totems

"Hinman has written a compelling story of a family's quest to sail around the world, a trip that starts with equal parts of hope and hubris and becomes a survival tale as the family surmounts one obstacle after another to keep their ship afloat." -- Sharon L. Morris, Adventure Travel Writer