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Journey of a Hope Merchant: From Apartheid to the Elite World of Solo Yacht Racing
     

Journey of a Hope Merchant: From Apartheid to the Elite World of Solo Yacht Racing

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by Neal Petersen
 

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Neal Petersen was born physically disabled and impoverished in apartheid-era South Africa, but was introduced to healing and equality in the waters surrounding Cape Town. Journey of a Hope Merchant recounts the epic journey that took this misfit kid from a racially segregated, working class neighborhood to the prestigious world of solo yacht racing.

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Neal Petersen was born physically disabled and impoverished in apartheid-era South Africa, but was introduced to healing and equality in the waters surrounding Cape Town. Journey of a Hope Merchant recounts the epic journey that took this misfit kid from a racially segregated, working class neighborhood to the prestigious world of solo yacht racing.

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Brian Hicks
Neal Petersen has completed two amazing journeys in his life: a single-handed sailboat race around the world and an even more arduous and eventful trip just to make it to the starting line.
author of Ghost Ship and coauthor of Into the Wind, Around Alone: The Story of the World’s Longest Race
Tony Bartelme
From the underwater diamond mines off Africa to the violent storms off Cape Horn, Neal Petersen’s story is a roller-coaster ride that will leave you exhilarated and inspired.
Charleston Post and Courier

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781601940186
Publisher:
Advantage Media Group
Publication date:
03/01/2009
Pages:
201
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.89(d)

Meet the Author

Neal Petersen is an award-winning author, solo "Around Alone" racing yachtsman, founder of an investment bank and so much more. Few people have realized their dreams, but even fewer have raced solo around the world and in a home built boat! It is an unparalleled adventure, the longest, most extreme race for any man or woman, 27,000 miles in a boat, nine months at sea ~ alone!

A lifelong resident of the South Carolina lowcountry, William P. Baldwin has worked as a commercial fisherman, a building contractor, and a professional writer. His previous books include Mrs. Whaley and Her Charleston Garden, The Fennel Family Papers, Heaven Is a Beautiful Place, and The Hard to Catch Mercy—winner of the Lillian Smith Award and the Dictionary of Literary Biography Yearbook Award and a finalist for the Southern Circle Critics Award. Baldwin lives in McClellanville.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Neal Peterson 'Author' grew up in Cape Town, South Africa as a black man. As a child he was born with a deformity, he was born without one of his hips. He had many surgeries and finally got it corrected. While he had his disability, he read many books about the ocean and sailing. At an early age he decides that he wants to be a yachtsman, a sailor and wants to sail around the world. He wanted this dream and tried his hardest to get it, but all of his responses from the whites where that it impossible for him to be a sailor, that is was a white rich sport. He worked very hard to achieve this by building his own boat and working many hours. This book is a very good story about someone who has a dream and gets it by working hard. It is one of those books that make you feel good about yourself.