Call Me Captain

Call Me Captain

by Susan Scott
     
 

Writer and marine biologist Susan Scott had an enviable existence—a home in Hawaii, a prized 37-foot sailboat and exciting international adventures, all shared with her physician husband Craig in a marriage so intimate they called it the “Twinship.” Yet, when her menopausal hormones raged and Craig grew preoccupied with Ironman triathlon training,…  See more details below

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Writer and marine biologist Susan Scott had an enviable existence—a home in Hawaii, a prized 37-foot sailboat and exciting international adventures, all shared with her physician husband Craig in a marriage so intimate they called it the “Twinship.” Yet, when her menopausal hormones raged and Craig grew preoccupied with Ironman triathlon training, this perfect life ended. Once blessed with well-being, love, humor, and sharing, the Twinship exploded with fights, silence, accusations, and failed counseling.

Shell-shocked, Susan sought solace in the one thing that always gave her joy: marine wildlife. She overhauled the couple's neglected boat and, with a male friend nearly half her age, sailed away. Except it wasn't that easy; Susan had always relied on Craig to make the sailing decisions and Alex, her young first mate, was a sailing novice. Call Me Captain follows Susan as she leaves everything behind—or tries to—and sails to spectacular but isolated Palmyra Atoll to work as a volunteer biologist. Susan helps rescue baby sea turtles, bands seabirds, and corrals ten-pound coconut crabs that look like Godzillas with knife-blade claws. She determinedly repairs her sailboat, skippers it through terrifying storms, and to her surprise, finds she and Craig are falling in love all over again. This time the two rediscover one another via satellite phone—Susan calling from her tiny floating speck in the middle of the Pacific Ocean to Craig in his hospital emergency room on Oahu.

Susan writes with passion about swimming with manta rays, kayaking with sharks, and sailing with whales and dolphins. In those passages, she shows ways these magnificent animals guided her through the journey of a lifetime. Her memoir of self-discovery is a romance, a rousing sea tale, and a personal account of nature's power to put life in perspective.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
11/01/2014
This is the story of a crumbling marriage, middle age, nature, and sailing the Pacific Ocean. Scott (columnist, Honolulu Star-Advertiser) covers a wide range of topics in this memoir, which proves to be both a plus and a minus. Feeling that her marriage is coming apart, the author chooses to embark on a seafaring voyage and to volunteer on an atoll over a thousand miles from Hawai'i as a way to rediscover her middle-aged self. Scott is an excellent storyteller and the pain of her unraveling union with husband Craig is tangible. The stories of her exploits as a novice sailor and captain navigating a 1,000-mile stretch of open water are exciting and exhausting. However, the addition of many small characters and multiple story lines also clutters her tale and makes for an occasionally unclear narrative. The author's adventures as wildlife volunteer and sailor are nearly overshadowed by the accounts describing her marriage—but not quite, resulting in a slightly muddied but honest and well-told memoir. VERDICT A strong read for fans of memoirs or sailing stories that might also interest anyone in the midst of a divorce.—Sara Miller Rohan, Archive Librarian, Atlanta

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780824839819
Publisher:
UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII PRESS
Publication date:
10/30/2014
Pages:
282
Sales rank:
756,972
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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