Sailing by Starlight: The Remarkable Voyage of Globe Star

Sailing by Starlight: The Remarkable Voyage of Globe Star

by Rod Scher
Sailing by Starlight: The Remarkable Voyage of Globe Star

Sailing by Starlight: The Remarkable Voyage of Globe Star

by Rod Scher


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Sailing by Starlight is the story of the adventure of a lifetime—in fact, of many lifetimes. In the early 1980s, retired geography professor Marvin Creamer set out to do what hadn’t been done for a thousand years—if indeed it had ever been done at all: Marv and his crew boarded a 35’ sailboat named Globe Star and set out into the frigid Atlantic, planning to sail around the world without the use of any instruments. There was no sextant aboard. No compass. No chart-plotter. No GPS. No radar. Not even a stopwatch. Creamer wanted to prove to the world that it was possible for ancient mariners to have crossed the largest seas, perhaps even sailed around the world, using only their brains, their experience, their sense, and their courage. In attempting to prove his point, Creamer would push his boat and his crew to the limit—and occasionally beyond.

Travel with Creamer as Globe Star sails around the perilous Horn, across the dangerous and tumultuous Tasman Sea, and into an active war zone. Sail around the world with a man who was taken prisoner by an idea, a man obsessed with proving a point, and who would let neither 40-foot waves nor fractious crewmembers deter him.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493065691
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 11/01/2022
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 535,222
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Rod Scher is an experienced writer and editor with multiple books and dozens of magazine articles to his credit. The former editor of Smart Computing Magazine, Scher is also the author of Leveling the Playing Field: The Democratization of Technology and the editor/annotator of recent editions of Joshua Slocum’s classic nautical memoir, Sailing Alone Around the World, and of Richard Henry Dana’s classic Two Years Before the Mast, all from Sheridan House Publishers. He lives in Depoe Bay, Oregon.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Prologue xi

Chapter 1 Groundwork 1

Chapter 2 Departing Cape May on Board Globe Star 21

Chapter 3 The Open Ocean, Galley Fires 33

Chapter 4 Headed for Africa, If All Goes Well 45

Chapter 5 Heading for Cape Town 51

Chapter 6 Landfall in South Africa 63

Chapter 7 Finding Your Way: Traditional Navigation 71

Chapter 8 A Cold Shoulder at Cape Town 85

Chapter 9 Heading for Australia 103

Chapter 10 Can They Find and Avoid Tasmania? 117

Chapter 11 Six Weeks in Tasmania 129

Chapter 12 Leaving Hobart 141

Chapter 13 Across the Tasman Sea 151

Chapter 14 To the Horn with a New Crewman, More Conflicts 161

Chapter 15 On to the Horn 177

Chapter 16 Rounding the Horn 191

Chapter 17 Tie Falklands 203

Chapter 18 Heading for Home 221

Chapter 19 Home is the Sailor 235

Epilogue 247


Appendix A Map of Globe Stars Route 257

Appendix B Crews and Legs of the Globe Star Voyage 259

Appendix C Marv Creamer on Navigating Without Instruments 261

Appendix D Globe Stars Specs and Sail Plan 265

Notes 269

Bibliography 281

Index 285

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From the Publisher

Sailing by Starlight is a fascinating piece of non-fiction about Marvin Creamer’s journey around the world—without the use of instruments—told in beautiful prose that gives so much life to this story. For history buffs, fans of seafaring tales, or those who simply want to read about a truly fantastic journey by an incredibly interesting person, you won’t want to miss out on Sailing by Starlight.   - NYT bestselling author Tosca Lee ************************ Sailing by Starlight is a superb sea story that harkens back to the days when sailors relied on all their senses rather than technology to navigate.  Marvin Creamer displays throughout the story incredible faith in his abilities and senses as well as resolute perseverance against all odds as he and his crew circumnavigated the world in S/V Globe Star. — CAPT David Jackson, USN (Ret.) Sailing Instructor, USNA ****************************************** I’ve had the pleasure of reading Sailing by Starlight.  I tip my hat to Marv Creamer and the crews of the sailing vessel Globe Star. Sitting here in New Zealand, aboard our “giant-sized” ocean crossing sailboat, Tango, I was thrilled, concerned, and sympathetic reading this epic adventure.  I completely understand Marv’s focus and the self-reliance that enabled his success.  This was a wonderful read for anyone with a desire to read a real adventure with real people.   — CMDR John Harrington, USCG (Ret.) *********************** Sailing By Starlight is a book about a saga, a quest, a journey. It is meticulously written, exhaustively researched, and a compelling read. Sailors and non-sailors alike will be fascinated by the story of Marv Creamer and his lifelong goal (obsession) of sailing without instruments. It is truly a remarkable achievement and author Rod Scher has managed to make Marv’s story accessible both to readers who may not be familiar with nautical terminology and to those who understand the demands of world cruising. Sailing By Starlight chronicles a remarkable journey and is a captivating read. Well done, Rod Scher! — Patricia Wood, author of Lottery

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