My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I’ve read quite a few ocean rowing books lately and this is definitely one of my favourites. Often the adventurer is big on guts, but short on writing skills. That is not the case with Julie Angus. She writes this journey beautifully. It hits on all the best bits. Not too much time on the lead up to the row – which I find can get kind of boring, just the right amount of antidotes of what could be a very monotonous story (eat, row, sleep). They had some pretty bad luck, but were rewarded with incredible experiences and great stories. The story of accidentally catching “Legend” their large loyal Dorado fish was amazing.
She kept it informative but not preachy or heavy handed. I really got a sense of the connection she had to the nature, the experience, and how it all fit together in her life with Colin. I loved the depiction of their relationship. You can tell they have a deep soul connection. And whoa, how incredible that they not only rowed an ocean but also biked around the world. Intense. Two very unique people.
One of my favourite parts was her meeting John Ridgway who rowed across the Atlantic in an open dory in the 60s. His advice, “never give up”, and emphasis on the mental focus was inspiring even me, the reader.
Great book. The only thing keeping it from a 5 rating, I thought, was something more personal, something that would get me deeper into her psyche, some more vulnerability perhaps. But, all in all, I loved it.