The Vineyard

Winner of the Eric Hoffer Prize
for General Fiction

 “Well written. Riveting, with complex characters. Hurley has crafted a strong story that examines friendship, corruption, mysticism, and love.” —Publishers Weekly

 “Addictive, escapist reading. Deliriously satisfying.” —Kirkus

 “[A] spellbinding, beautifully written creation.” —Long & Short Reviews

 “[A] tale both hopeful and tragic, with an ending that will leave you lost in thought.” —The Book Wheel

 “Beautifully crafted, flawlessly written, and a resounding novel of friendship, pain, and ultimate forgiveness.” —Literary R & R









28 02, 2015

Sir Francis Chichester and the Mind of the Solo Sailor

  • February 28th, 2015

On August 27, 1966, at sixty-five years of age, suffering from terminal lung cancer and unexplained palsy in one leg, Francis Chichester set out alone from Plymouth, England aboard Gipsy Moth, a 54-foot, custom-built ketch, bound for the South Atlantic. When he returned nine months, one day, and 29,630 miles later, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth for completing the fastest solo circumnavigation in history along the “clipper route,” by way of the southern capes. He made only one stop—in Sydney, Australia, for seven weeks. Before and after Sydney, he spent 107 and 157 consecutive days, respectively, alone at sea. He was dead of cancer within five years of this stunning achievement.
As a solo sailor myself, albeit one not worthy to untie Chichester’s Topsiders, I have long been fascinated by the pathos of single-handed sailing and the psychology of those who practice it over great distances. It’s not just that life is uncomfortable lived during sudden squalls or maddening calms […]


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