Crossing the Swell: An Atlantic Journey by Rowboat by Tori Holmes

Crossing the Swell: An Atlantic Journey by Rowboat

byTori Holmes

Kobo ebook | February 15, 2011

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That first day is hard. The hands begin to cramp, drops of blood start oozing through your fingertips . . .

In 2003, Tori Holmes, a 21-year-old from Alberta, Canada, and Paul Gleeson, a 29-year-old financial advisor from Limerick, Ireland, met in Australia when Holmes answered an ad to drive the support vehicle for Gleeson’s 5,000-kilometre cycling trek across that country. During their first adventure together, Gleeson fell hard: both off his bike and for the woman driving the car.

Once Australia was behind them, it became clear that crossing a continent together was simply not enough. Acting on self-assured determination and an ever-growing sense of adventure, Gleeson and Holmes embraced the dream of rowing a tiny boat across the vastness of the Atlantic Ocean in the 2005/06 Trans-Atlantic Race. Of course, neither of the young adventurers knew how to row, so they connected and trained with the only Irishmen ever to have completed the same race, Eamonn and Peter Kavanagh.

In November 2005, after months of training, Paul and Tori left the Canary Islands to row 4,800 kilometres across the Atlantic. In February 2006, they completed their epic journey after 86 days of huge seas, violent storms, terrifying capsizes, unbearable thirst, bizarre hallucinations and sleep deprivation. Along the way, however, during one of the darkest moments in the race, inspiration came in the form of an unseen, yet completely perceptible, presence. Old seafaring lore has several theories as to what this might have been, but both adventurers are keeping their minds open on it.

Part inspirational adventure story, part travelogue and part romance, Crossing the Swell is an honest and intimate portrayal of what it takes to truly engage in the many adventures that life has to offer.

Title:Crossing the Swell: An Atlantic Journey by RowboatFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:February 15, 2011Publisher:Rocky Mountain BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1926855477

ISBN - 13:9781926855479

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing tale of courage and determination I couldn't put this book down. The mental and physical strength that it took to prepare for their participation in a rowing race across the Atlantic Ocean is inspiring. From soliciting financial assistance to finding a suitable boat to the actual crazy adventure involved in facing an unpredictable sea their story is gripping and unforgettable. I really enjoyed every minute.
Date published: 2010-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gripping adventure A riveting and inspiring tale of adventure on the high seas. Two complete novices with little more than deep self-belief and a thirst for adventure risk it all in a rowing race and an arena normally reserved for the most experienced of seafarers. Risking friendships, family ties, their modest finances, their health, and even their lives, they embark on the journey of their lives. Read this for the naked truth in more ways than one!
Date published: 2009-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Adventure, Perseverance There is everything here for the red-blooded armchair traveller. When two adventurous people read a brochure that promises the "greatest test of the human spirit", the result for readers is a compelling story of perseverance and adventure. Tori Holmes was a 21 year-old prairie girl from the flat lands of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Paul Gleeson was a financial planner from Limerick, Ireland. In the year of Hurricane Katrina, the amateur rowers join Olympic trained rowers in the Atlantic Rowing Race. The Atlantic Rowing Race promised a test of the human spirit. After rowing through the tail end of a hurricane, 2 tropical storms and 40 foot waves, after 86 days, Tori and Paul completed the Atlantic crossing between the Canary Islands and Antigua. In that time, six boats in the race capsized or came to grief. In one terrifying night, Tori's and Paul's boat was the only one not to capsize. A ghostly encounter had convinced them that this was not the night to fight against the swells. A ghost story, an ocean with a mind of its own, shark stories, thirst and dehydration, sleep deprivation and between the lines, a love story. Pick this book up and the challenge will be to put it down.
Date published: 2009-10-15