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BOOK REVIEW

Ready to Come About
(a memoir) By: Sue Williams

Book Review | Katherine Stone

Sue Williams wasn't a sailor and didn't
have an adventureous bone in her body.
Her idea of a thrill was doing applique! So
it isn't surprising that the cover of the book
"Ready to Come About" is actually one of
her appliques. They often say of life
changing events that life seems to take on
new meaning. Her husband Dave had just
suffered a grand mal seizure caused by
stress and sleep deprivation, and then
been fired from his job after 11 years of
loyal service. Sitting bolt upright in
the middle of the night Sue exclaimed,
"I figured it out, the 'what next'. I know
what it is, you need to go sailing. If you
want to go, this is the perfect opportunity.
So I'll go too."
Dave was an experienced sailor, and
their boat named Inia, an Alberg 30, was
a sturdy, ocean-going vessel. They took
navigation and boat engine maintenance
courses and a year to prepare themselves
and the boat for the year long trip across
the Atlantic. In their mid-50s, they had
no blue-water experience, but they were
well prepared.

Leaving Hamilton Harbour in May
2007 they were gone 373 days, had 14 offshore passages, travelled 11,000 NM and
were 86 days at sea. Through all manner
of catastrophes, they persevered, solved
problems and accomplished things they
never thought they could do. Overcoming
sea sickness, sleep deprivation, losing both
anchors and ground tackle, constant motion and mechanical problems, they certainly lived up to the motto that, "The
rougher the passage the more joyful the
landing". Sue and Dave now truly understand that the mind has the ability to be
tested beyond what is humanly possible
and carry on.
Seriously doubting themselves, Sue
wrote, "Up to this point, Inia had been in
the water for a little more than a week and
had travelled only about 150 NM from
home, during which she had almost sunk,
the head had exploded, the Zodiac had
sprung a leak, we had run aground, and
both the outboard and diesel motors had
broken down. Yet we were heading for the
Atlantic Ocean where there would be no
stores, no help, and no turning back. Were
we crazy? Right off our rockers?"
Although Dave may have been the captain of the boat, Sue was the captain of the
voyage, as she was the one who decided
that they must cross the Atlantic, and

ended up steering the boat all through the
Erie Canal and in and out of tricky mooring and docking situations.
The book is available through Dundurn
press for $20.99 at the Nautical Mind
book store, Indigo Chapters, Amazon and
has now been listed for 4-1/2 months on
the best seller list. Come see them at the
Toronto Boat Show in January and get
your own autographed copy. I can truly attest that it is a great page turner and a
MUST read for any woman who thinks
that she couldn't possibly go cruising,
cross an ocean, or who needs to get out of
her comfort zone to grow and have an adventure - possibly learning more about
herself. This isn't to say that men won't
find the book interesting or enjoyable, as
they certainly will! *

Inia anchored off Ilha da Culatra, near
Olhao, in the Algarve region of Portugal.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Yachting February 2020

Special Feature: Seven Newbies from the 2019 US Sailboat Show in Annapolis
Special Feature: METS Trade Show – Latest New Products from Around The World
Travel Destination: Belize – Sailing Solitude
At the Helm: Looking ahead to a great summer in 2020!
Power Review: Neptunus 750 Flybridge
Sail Review: Beneteau First Yacht 53
Power Review: Gran Turismo 36
Sail Review: Excess 12 and Excess 15
Power Review: NC 895 Sport
Power Review: Boston Whaler 230 Vantage
The Port Hole: February 2020
Book Review: Ready to Come About
Crossing The Line: Last Crossing to Havana
Canadian Yachting February 2020 - Intro
Canadian Yachting February 2020 - Cover1
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Canadian Yachting February 2020 - At the Helm: Looking ahead to a great summer in 2020!
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Canadian Yachting February 2020 - Book Review: Ready to Come About
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