Sailing to the Edge of Time: The Promise, the Challenges, and the Freedom of Ocean Voyaging
John Kretschmer is sailing’s practical philosopher
– as much a doer as a thinker. And that is the overarching theme
of this chronicle of a sailing life. Frequently amusing, sometimes
poignant, occasionally terrifying but always inspiring, his deeply
personal account is a welcome reminder of the good life waiting
With hundreds of thousands of nautical miles
under his keel, John’s adventures have taken him all over the
world, with challenging crossings of the Atlantic and the Pacific,
a narrow escape from a coup in Yemen, an unlikely deliverance
from a coral reef off Belize, as well as more serene, introspective
passages where trade winds are blowing and stories are flowing.
His crew has included CEOs, actors, athletes, writers, teachers,
kids – such a varied and interesting collection.
John’s narrative is interwoven with practical
tips and advice on seamanship and, just as importantly, his hard-won
insights about making the most of our lives. He truly believes
we find out who we really are, and what we are capable of, far
from the shackles of land, when we find a place where time changes
shape – days may merge into one another, but minutes are memorable.
To live adventurously is to live more fully,
and that is the life John Kretschmer continues to live. In this
book he shares his simple profundities that will inspire those
who live to sail, and those seeking something more rewarding from