Adrift: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Survival at Sea

Adrift: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Survival at Sea

by Tami Oldham Ashcraft

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The heart-stopping memoir, soon to be a major motion picture starring Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin, and directed by Baltasar Kormákur (Everest).

“An inspirational and empowering read.”—Shailene Woodley

Young and in love, their lives ahead of them, Tami Oldham and her fiancé Richard Sharp set sail from Tahiti under brilliant blue skies, with Tami’s hometown of San Diego as their ultimate destination. But the two free spirits and avid sailors couldn’t anticipate that less than two weeks into their voyage, they would sail directly into one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history. They found themselves battling pounding rain, waves the size of skyscrapers, and 140 knot winds. Richard tethered himself to the boat and sent Tami below to safety, and then all went eerily quiet. Hours later, Tami awakened to find the boat in ruins, and Richard nowhere in sight.

Adrift is the story of Tami’s miraculous forty-one-day journey to safety on a ravaged boat with no motor and no masts, and with little hope for rescue. It’s a tale of love and survival on the high seas-- an unforgettable story about resilience of the human spirit, and the transcendent power of love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062868206
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/29/2018
Edition description: Movie Tie-in Edition
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 119,530
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Tami Oldham Ashcraft speaks frequently about her experiences and continues to be an avid sailor. She is a 100-ton licensed captain who has logged more than 50,000 offshore miles, and lives with her husband and family in Friday Harbor, Washington.

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Adrift [Movie tie-in]: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Survival at Sea 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
martyb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is as much a love story as a sailing story. Tami, the protagonist, loses her British fiancee at sea while delivering a boat from Tahiti to San Diego. She then has to survive by jury rigging a mast and setting course for the Hawaai. I found the sailing parts of the story the most interesting by far and would have welcomed more detail, more story on the sailing. What was also of great interest is the running conversation Tami plays in her head to keep her emotionally stable during the 41 days she is at sea alone. Ultimately, this is not so much either a sailing yarn or a love story, but the narrative of a young woman's coming of age through the self reliance necesitated and learned because of a tragedy at sea.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anyone will find this book exhilarating.....if you sail you will feel like you are living the experience!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw the commercials for the movie and it looked interesting. So I wanted to read the book first. It was hard to put down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I constantly tried to put myself in her shoes through her loss and surviving ways. I would have crumbled at her challenges, including being alone. This book makes you appreciate the ones you love and perhaps take for granted.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I know zip about sailing, but this story is about so much more...the ability to survive what seemed impossible, the guidance of loved ones in our lives--even beyond the grave, and true, young, real love. This is a quick read and written from the heart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is an amazing story of a strong women who looses her love in a tragic storm out at sea. When I picked up this book I just couldnt put it down. Every page is full of suspense and suprise. This book has changed me tremendously. It taught me to never give up even when times get rough. I always think, Tami has been through worse.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have a very real fear of water, and wasn't sure I wanted to read this book.I'm so glad I did as you don't often hear much about the kind of love Tami and RIchard had for each other, as well as the love she showed by continuing the journey. A wonderful story about 2 people who took a journey with hearts full of love for each other and the adventure they both anticipated to be very memorable. It was memorable but for a different reason and the story is a wonderful memoir and a tribute to both Richard and Tami. Page 202 blew me away as it exemplified the great relationship they had and the final gesture that meant it was time to let go. Tami has made a wonderful life for herself with a wonderful husband and family. Please read this book. It really makes you appreciate what and who you have in your life !!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Catching the real rhythms and beats of basic survival has created new music from old words. The sounds are visual. Lighting and thunder striking far to near. Stop reading this and start Mourning.