|Post By:||warren on 6/15/2010 3:30am|
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I’m writing to let you know about a new book, "Without a Paddle," and the crazy boat race that inspired it.
The race is a 1,200-mile, round-the-clock circumnavigation of Florida with a 40-mile portage. Race organizers bill it as the toughest expedition-style small boat race in the world, but participants remember it fondly as the last time they could feel their fingers and toes.
The rules are simple. First one back to the launch beach wins. Paddle and wind power only. Also, don’t die. Sleep is optional but at some point necessary. Same with food.
"Without a Paddle" is a travel narrative and memoir of how a 50-year-old journalist entered the race in a sea kayak in 2006 and somehow lived to tell the tale. He paddled through moonless nights, driving rain, and blazing sun. Exhausted and sleep deprived, he made more wrong turns than an ant at a Riverdance festival.
The book is published by St. Martin’s Press and is available in bookstores, or can be ordered online.
I hope you like it,
Praise for Without a Paddle:
“Wonderfully uplifting.” -- Publishers Weekly
“As in the best of adventure literature, the physical journey in Without a Paddle is merely a portal through which Richey guides the reader on a voyage across the ocean of the heart. Read it. Go with him. It's a trip you'll never forget.” —Mark Jenkins, author of A Man’s Life: Dispatches from Dangerous Places
“This is the best kind of book; the kind that makes every day magical. I loved it for its humor and humility, its wonderful parables and pitch-perfect storytelling, its journey of discovery within and without, and its elegant ending.” —Kim Heacox, author of The Only Kayak: A Journey in the Heart of Alaska
For more information about the book: www.warrenrichey.com.
For more on the race: www.watertribe.com.