Working the night shift as a temp in a high-rise cubicle, Erik Orton knew something had to change. He felt the responsibility of providing for his wife and their five children—the youngest with Down syndrome—but craved a life that offered more than just surviving. Watching the sailboats on the Hudson River during his sunset dinner breaks, Erik dared to dream. What would it be like to leave the hustle of the city and instead spend a year on a sailboat, somewhere beautiful, as a family? Despite having no sailing experience, his wife Emily’s phobia of deep water, and already stretching every dollar to pay rent and buy groceries, the family of seven turned their excuses into reasons and their fears into motivation. Sure, they would miss their friends, they could go broke, they could get injured or die. Worst of all, they could humiliate themselves by trying something audacious and failing. But the little time they still had together as a family, before their oldest daughter left for college, was drifting away. The Ortons cast off the life they knew to begin an uncertain journey of 5,000 miles between New York City and the Caribbean, ultimately arriving at a new place within themselves. A portrait of a captivating and resilient family and a celebration of the courage it takes to head for something over the horizon, this is a deeply compelling story—told alternately by Erik and Emily—for all those who dream of leaving routine in their wake.
|Publisher:||Shadow Mountain Publishing|
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About the Author
ERIK ORTON is an Emmy Award-winning writer and former-Broadway tour manager. He was raised in Germany and the suburbs of Washington D.C. He has produced various musicals Off-Broadway. His original musical Berlin won an Emmy Award as well as a CINE Golden Eagle Award and Bronze Telly Award. In 2018, he climbed El Capitan—the tallest granite cliff in the world—got scuba certified, and learned to surf. EMILY ORTON is a former English teacher turned homeschool mom. She speaks and writes about living with purpose. Her writing is featured in Dare, Dream, Do by Whitney Johnson. Curiosity has led Emily to become a rock climber, a sailor, a scuba diver, a world traveler, and most recently a surfer. Erik and Emily continue to learn, grow and travel with their five children. They love to gig as a family band when their two oldest children are home from college, and occasionally post music videos to YouTube. They are currently traveling Europe by sailboat and VW van with their younger children. They blog together at fezywig.com and make their home in New York City.
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Seven at Sea: Why a New York City Family Cast Off Convention for a Life-Changing Year on a Sailboat based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Why you should read “Seven at Sea”: If you’re a dreamer thinking ‘someday,’ this book will help give you the confidence to take risks and chase after that dream. It is a raw look into how difficult it is to make your dreams come true. From making excuses to planning and researching for that big day, it’s all about getting over that fear and taking the leap. You have to have patience that the journey “will emerge.” You can’t force it to happen on your timeline. It will emerge on its own. There are a lot of life lessons here for those who have dreams that want to make them come true. This book is not just about a family who bought a sailboat and sailed from the Caribbean to New York City one year. This is about living your best life and taking the chance to live your life to the fullest and the Ortons are here to inspire you to do so.
Erik and Emily Orton and their 5 children, ages 6-16 (one with Downs Syndrome) have made a spur-of-the-moment decision to chuck work and life in New York and journey to the Caribbean. There, they obtain a sailboat and begin their one-year exploration of a new life adventure. The story takes the reader through all the trials of living together in tight quarters; learning to navigate the waters; and learning all the ins-and-outs of sailing itself. There are good time and not so good times. However, it is a life lesson for all. At first, I was a bit bored with all of the sailing terminology that didn't interest me at all. However, it got a bit better because my husband and I have taking cruises to the Caribbean and have even rented a sailboat and crew for a week to sail to different Caribbean islands. Glorious adventures! I can also understand the frustrations and the victories they faced. Dropping everything and taking on a whole new life is quite a challenge. My family and I did that twice when we all moved to Paris where my husband had been offered a job with NATO for a few years. For us, it was moving to a whole new country and learning a whole new language. There were huge challenges but also lots of wonderful memories. I’m sure the Orton family will all grow from this experience. It proves to us that we can do something different. It’s good to take us away from what we know and experience new things. Good for them. If you life to think what it would be like to take on a totally different life, do give this book a read. You might find that you are braver than you think. Good luck. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.