Mick Brese has been dreaming of going offshore sailing for most of his adult life but as the old saying goes; sometimes the most difficult part of offshore sailing is getting there. He’s worked hard and kept his life uncomplicated so that he can follow his dream. The last thing he needs is to fall in love but that’s exactly what happens when a beautiful Chinese woman shows up at the marina and steals his heart. As if that’s not a big enough complication, his best friend and sailing buddy disappears under mysterious circumstances and finding him makes Mick realize that sometimes your friends have secrets that are better left undiscovered. As this nautical adventure unfolds, the peaceful and familiar waters of the Gulf Islands become more dangerous than Mick ever imagined offshore sailing would be and he starts wondering if he is going to live long enough to make his dream come true.
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About the Author
I'm a West Coast guy. I've tried living away from the coast but it just doesn't work for me. I built a sailboat and lived aboard in the area that this story takes place; the wonderful Gulf Islands of British Columbia. During my time as a sailor and boat builder, I learned all about the difficulties in trying to go offshore sailing. There are so many things that get in the way of that dream and of the many people that want to go offshore, only a small percentage ever actually make that dream come true. I came very close to "getting there". I am married to a wonderful Chinese woman and in our travels to her home country, I have had the opportunity to learn a tiny bit about that culture. This has been difficult since I don't speak the language. But from my observations and discussions with family and friends, I have been afforded a glimpse of another world. My Chinese characters and their experiences are based loosely on that glimpse. I hope that those who know the culture better than I will cut this Laowai some slack.