At One with the Sea: Alone Around the World - Naomi JamesBook Club Associates, 1979, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dustwrapper. Faded at the spine of the dustwrapper. Leans a little. Text complete, clean and tight.
Maps to the endpapers. Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “On 8th June 1978, the world heard the astonishing news that 28-year-old Naomi James had become the first woman to sail single-handed round the globe via Cape Horn — and in the fastest time ever. The daughter of a New Zealand sheep farmer, newly married and with only two years’ sailing experience behind her, Naomi had never handled a boat by herself before -yet, incredibly, she set a new round-the-world record and made sailing history.
At One With The Sea is the frank, vivid and enthralling account of the most amazing lone voyage of them all. Naomi tells of her despair when the radio broke and she faced months of silence; of her embarrassment at discovering — after three months at sea — that she had been confusing latitude with longitude; of her grief when the ship’s kitten, Boris, went overboard; and of the black horror of a dawn capsize. In common with all lone sailors, Naomi lived in dread of Cape Horn; in the end she rounded « that old bogey Horn » without even realising it — « I may even have been asleep at the time. »
This story of heroism with the human touch, of epic courage and endurance, must rank as a classic in the literature of great adventures. It is not merely the memorable record of an historic journey; Naomi’s story also tells us more about why men — and women — dare the elements, and attempt the impossible, in the relentless search for self-knowledge.
On 1st January 1979, in recognition of her extraordinary achievement, she became Dame Naomi James. Her award, Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire, is one of the highest given to women.”