Seaworthy: Adrift with William Willis in the Golden Age of Rafting

Seaworthy: Adrift with William Willis in the Golden Age of Rafting

T. R. Pearson


Welcome to the bold, exciting, and downright unusual adventures of William Willis, one of many world’s unique severe sportsmen. pushed by means of an unfettered urge for food for private problem and a yen for the trail of so much resistance, Willis fastened a single-handed and completely not likely rescue within the jungles of French Guiana after which two times crossed the large Pacific on rafts of his personal layout, with in basic terms housecats and a parrot for companionship. His first voyage, atop a ten-ton balsa monstrosity, was once undertaken in 1954 whilst Willis used to be sixty. His moment raft, having crossed 11 thousand miles from Peru, discovered the north shore of Australia presently after Willis’s 70th birthday. A wonder of vigour and health, William Willis was once a gourmet of ordeal, all yet orchestrating brief rations, ship-wreck stipulations, and crushing solitude on his trans-Pacific voyages.

He’d been encouraged through Kon-Tiki, Thor Heyerdahl’s bid to turn out primitive raft may negotiate the open ocean. Willis’s journeys proven primitive guy may well to boot. Willis survived on rye flour and seawater, sang to maintain his spirits up, communicated along with his spouse through telepathy, suffered from bouts of transitority blindness, and eased the intermittent discomfort of a double hernia through looping a halyard round his ankles and dangling upside-down from his mast.

Rich with shiny aspect and wry humor, Seaworthy is the tale of a sailor you’ve most likely by no means heard of yet want to know. In an age while numerous rafts have been adrift at the waters of the area, their crews out to shore up one idea of ethno-migration or tear down one other, Willis’s demanding situations remained refreshingly own. His equipment have been eccentric, his accomplishments little in need of extraordinary. Don’t leave out the opportunity to satisfy this singular monk of the sea.

From the Hardcover edition.

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