Our Island in the Sun

Our Island in the Sun

by Garry Domnisse, Carol Domnisse


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I never intended to "really" read this book. My goal before reviewing it was to "peruse" it and stop now and then when a particular passage caught my attention. Just read enough to do an honest review. But I sat down early in the morning and began actually reading the book. Just to get started. Page one lead to page two and to page three and page 4 etc. and soon I was into the book. I stopped to eat breakfast but I couldn't wait to get back to the story.

Garry says the book is not a "cruising handbook". Maybe not but it's certainly a "cruiser primer" in my opinion. I can't think of much he leaves out in terms of the life of a cruiser. Maybe Pirates. But that is it. I like the way Carol writes her own accounts of the adventure. It's good to see two perspectives of the same situation and experience. The psychological aspect of long-distance cruising can be as interesting as the pragmatic side of keeping a boat going. Carol and Garry both give you great insights into this very personal side of the adventure.

If I were to criticize the book I'd say from a designers perspective, I would have liked to see some more descriptions of the other boats Garry and Carol encountered on their voyage. That's just me. When I finished the book I remembered saying, "Long range cruising is all about fixing your boat in exotic places".

Bob Perry

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781645152699
Publisher: Christian Faith Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 05/28/2019
Pages: 612
Sales rank: 986,324
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.66(d)

About the Author

Garry Domnisse acquired an interest in boats as soon as he could walk. His father, Fred, had always had a speedboat or fished on commercial boats of of Newport, Oregon. During high school, Garry worked summers on sport fishing boats in Newport, fished with his grandfather and generally messed around in boats. As soon as graduated from Oregon State University, he acquired his first sailboat, an O'Day day sailor. By the time this cruise had begun and he had retired from the U.S. Coast Guard, he was on his seventh boat. Garry received a bachelor's degree in International Business from Oregon State University. After a successful career in both the business world and the Coast Guard , he retired April 1, 1996 and set sail with his wife from Long Beach, CA to Annapolis, MD. He acquired his Coast Guard Masters License, and a General Class Amateur license to aid his proficiency in managin a small vessel at sea. Numerous courses and training by the Coast Guard and civilian institutions rounded out his qualifications for making this trip. Today, he and his wife Carol life in Annapolis, Maryland where he runs a charter boat for a local company and is involved in various other activities, including Navy MARS, teaching electronic navigation and giving seminars to cruising sailors.

Carol Hilbert Domnisse grew up on sailing vessels that her father, George, owned during his lifetime. She never knew there could be a vacation at the beach, as each summer George would take his family on sailing vacations on teh Chesapeake Bay. Carol, a registered nurse, retired from the profession when she and Garry married and set sail on their dream cruise. She took courses at Orange Coast College in Newport, CA, onsafety, and all aspects of sailing and cruising. She obtained her Amateur Technician License to be able to use the radios aboard and assist in all aspects of communication. Carol is a graduate of the University of Virginia, with a degree in Nursing. Today, she works as an office manager in a small company and enjoys hobbies such as quilting and spending time with daughter Sarah, son Michael and thier families.

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