Pacific Lady: The First Woman to Sail Solo across the World's Largest Ocean

Pacific Lady: The First Woman to Sail Solo across the World's Largest Ocean


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Pacific Lady: The First Woman to Sail Solo across the World's Largest Ocean by Sharon Sites Adams, Karen Coates

It was an age without GPS and the Internet, without high-tech monitoring and instantaneous reporting. And it was a time when women simply didn’t do such things. None of this deterred Sharon Sites Adams. In June 1965 Adams made history as the first woman to sail solo from the mainland United States to Hawaii. Four years later, just as Neil Armstrong very publicly stepped onto the moon, the diminutive Adams, alone and unobserved, finally sighted Point Arguello, California, after seventy-four days sailing a thirty-one-foot ketch from Japan, across the violent and unpredictable Pacific. She was the first woman to do so, setting another world record.
Inspiring and exciting, Adams’s memoir recounts the personal path leading to her historic achievements: a tomboy childhood in the Oregon high desert, an early marriage and painful divorce, and a second marriage that ended when her husband died of cancer. In the wake of his death and almost by accident, Adams discovered sailing. Six weeks after her first sailing lesson she bought a boat, and within eight months she set out to achieve her first world record. Pacific Lady recounts the inward journey that paralleled her sailing feats, as Adams drew on every scrap of courage and navigational skill she could muster to overcome the seasickness, exhaustion, and loneliness that marked her harrowing crossings.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803211384
Publisher: UNP - Nebraska
Publication date: 09/01/2008
Series: Outdoor Lives
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 844,241
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Sharon Sites Adams, Los Angeles Times Woman of the Year in 1969, is a popular speaker, making appearances and telling her story before various organizations and gatherings.
Karen J. Coates is a journalist, a correspondent for Gourmet magazine, and a contributor to numerous publications, including Archaeology, the Christian Science Monitor, and Fodor’s Travel Guides. She is the author of Cambodia Now: Life in the Wake of War.

Table of Contents




Introduction: Alone

Part 1. Out to Sea

1. A Widow Finds the Sea

2. Fit for the Journey

3. The First Sail

4. Storm

5. Whispers at Sea

6. A Life to Ponder

7. A One-Hand Finish

Part 2. Adventure on Water

8. South Pacific Interlude

9. Queen Mary to Hollywood

Part 3. Across the Pacific

10. Another Sea Sharp

11. Alone Again on Water

12. Things Fall Apart 

13. 74 Days, 17 Hours, 15 Minutes

14. A Pink Return

Part 4. In the Wake of Fame

15. Sailing On


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