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Readers so moved will find a good-looking, long-legged bait to keep them alert throughout this solo circumnavigation of the globe by a girl in her twenties. Naomi James, a young Australian, didn't go to school until she was twelve and then only did well in courses she liked. Something was missing! So she and sister Juliet went to Europe and traveled about. Then she met a young British yachtsman who was involved in the Whitbread Round the World Race, and soon she was involved with him, and they married. But Naomi, who had never handled a boat alone on the sea, got the idea of sailing around the world herself; she would be the first woman to do it. With backing from the Daily Express, she sets sail on her nine-month voyage. Aside from her small cat Boris, who finally falls overboard, she really is alone in the South Atlantic, rounding the Cape, passing through the Roaring Forties to the Horn, the Aucklands, and home again, though on the way she does manage to raise her husband a few times by radio. She must also keep her vows to the Daily Express and photograph herself in varied positions about the boat--and a nice batch of acrobatic pictures she turns out! Meanwhile, dear diary, she's eating her heart out for her husband far off on his own voyage. It's an odyssey in coping with the unfamiliar--a rudder that keeps breaking, a mast that twists, storms, capsizing--capped by the final glory of sailing into Dartmouth to a wild welcome and a passionate reunion with her returned husband. A refreshing log, with snappy pictures.

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1979
Publisher: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan