Across the Savage Sea: The Epic Journey of the First Woman to Row Across the North Atlantic

Skyhorse
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The 2005 Time Magazine Hero of the Year recounts her historic solo journey across the North Atlantic in a twenty-four-foot row boat.
 
Maud Fontenoy has made nautical history numerous times. But before she became the first woman to sail around the world against prevailing currents in 2007, and the first to row across the Pacific—a feat that earned her recognition as a Time Magazine Hero of 2005—she embarked on her first record-setting adventure.
 
In 2003, Maud set out to cross the Atlantic Ocean, alone in a tiny boat, using a pair of oars as her only means of propulsion. What’s more, she chose to take the northerly route, where the climate is prone to storms, hurricanes, and strong headwinds. In the past century, only six men had completed such a crossing. Maud would be the first woman ever to do so.
 
In Across the Savage Sea, Maud recounts a journey both far more harrowing than even she had imagined and one full of unexpected wonders. Her extraordinary story continues to inspire.
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Maud Fontenoy was born to the sea, having lived on her parents’ fifty-five-foot schooner for the first fifteen years of her life. When she accomplished her miraculous crossing, she was twenty-five years old. On March 26, 2005, she became the first woman to row solo across the South Pacific. She lives in France.

Martin Sokolinsky is a writer and translator. He has worked on books by Omar Sharif, Albert Kantof, and Nobel Laureate Camilo Jose Cela. He lives in New York City.

Gérard d’Aboville is the first man to row across two oceans solo: the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. He crossed the Atlantic in 1980, traveling from Cape Cod to Brittany. At the age of forty-five, he spent one hundred and thirty-four days at sea in order to cross the Pacific, traveling from Japan to Washington State. He currently lives in Paris.
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Publisher
Skyhorse
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Published on
Dec 17, 2014
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Pages
176
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ISBN
9781628724974
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / Adventurers & Explorers
Biography & Autobiography / Sports
Sports & Recreation / Water Sports
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“A thoughtful memoir . . . Experienced sailors and thrill seekers will especially enjoy the details of the ocean adventures” (Booklist).
 
Kathleen Saville and her husband, Curt, had recently gotten married and were settling down in a small town in New York—when Kathleen started to realize that maybe they weren’t quite ready to settle down.
 
The year before, she and Curt had retraced Henry David Thoreau’s canoe journey through the Maine Woods, and both were veteran rowers. Inspired, she suggested that they row across the Atlantic Ocean. Returning to her hometown, living on a shoestring, they built their own twenty-five-foot ocean rowboat. They set out from Morocco and, tested by adverse currents, gales, and their own inexperience, accomplished the near impossible.
 
Three years later, while they attempted to row across the Pacific, Curt was washed overboard and lost their sextant—their only means of navigation. Now, besides confronting fatigue, storms, sharks, and deadly reefs, they had to find a way to avoid becoming lost at sea and succumbing to starvation. Their ordeal in completing their crossing exposed the fissures in their marriage—and in this and subsequent adventures, Kathleen was forced to confront the difference between courage and foolhardiness.
 
Suspenseful, heartbreaking, and ultimately triumphant, her story of an unraveling marriage is also the account of finding her true self amid the life-and-death challenges at sea.
 
“Beyond the rowing is a remarkably frank and compelling portrayal of a marriage between two complex people, and writing that is often sublime.” —Webb Chiles, author and world-record-holding solo sailor
 
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