The Epic Voyage of the Seven Little Sisters

The Epic Voyage of the Seven Little Sisters The Epic Voyage Of The Seven Little Sisters Is The Story Of An Adventure Without Parallel William Willis, An American, Singlehandedly Sailed A Raft Across , Miles Of The Pacific From Peru To Samoa On One Of The Longest Unbroken Voyages Of Its Kind Ever Recorded It Was An Extraordinary Feat, And His Book Fully Reflects The Courage And Endurance It Required

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  • Hardcover
  • 244 pages
  • The Epic Voyage of the Seven Little Sisters
  • William Willis
  • English
  • 12 October 2018

10 thoughts on “The Epic Voyage of the Seven Little Sisters

  1. says:

    In 1954, some seven years after Thor Heyerdahl and his 5 crew sailed a raft across the Pacific Ocean from Peru to the Marquesas Islands, and American man sailed a raft single handed from Peru to American Samoa, some 650 miles further This is his book.For those who have read Tim Severin s nautical expedition books, this one is in a similar vein There are chapters on the inception of the idea, followed by some planning, then travel to Ecuador to try and locate suitable balsa logs for the construction of the raft In this, the author differs from Severin Severin is always recreating historic vessels, using age old techniques and methods Willis is building a raft of his own design, incorporating modern design for the rudder and wheel, a jib boom bow sprit to allow his mainsail to sit further forward than conventional, and other technical design decisions However, manilla rope bindings, balsa and mangrove timbers were the base materials, and it was with ingenuity that Willis completes his work.Willis really is a man of the sea Throughout the book he recounts stories of his life almost all revolving around his time on ships, or other equally hard working jobs He really is a bit of superman, and some readers may not enjoy his repeated high opinion of himself Really I think he is just ultra confident, and relies on his confidence in his ability to get by.As usual with these types of adventure, there is a desperate race to be completed on time to catch the necessary trade winds and and currents in order to make the journey Running months late, and stuck in Ecuador, all local advice is that it would not be possible to depart at this time of year, and he would need to be significantly further south, in Peru After some drama with shipping companies, he finally manages to find a cargo ship to hoist his 10 ton raft on board, and transport his south to catch the current and wind With a parrot and a cat, he kisses his wife goodbye and sets off, with the assistance of the Peruvian navy, who tow him offshore.And from there, his journey is, really nothing short of incredible Don t be fooled into thinking that a raft is simply sat upon, waiting to drift off to Samoa This raft is much like a yacht it requires sailing, and constant attention Willis claims that he sleeps around 2 3 hours a day during his voyage, made up in 10 20 minute naps, waking to alter a sail or a rope, or adjust course slightly As well as this feat, he eats a diet of ground grains mixed with water to make a paste , liquid sugar and instant coffee This he supplements with whatever fish he can catch he is pretty successful.Worth mentioning here, that this is one of those sailing books where the dorado or mahi mahi, as it is called in NZ is referred to as a dolphin This is pretty common for the era, and the constant catching and eating of dolphin is nothing to do with actual dolphins, so no need to panic Around the midpoint of the voyage, Willis finds that his fresh water supply is practically gone, due to some low quality water containers he has been using It is at this point that he shares that he can drink seawater without any ill effects and used to drink a cup a day when at sea He now rations his freshwater to a cup a day, taking two cups of seawater As well as these feats, he also manages to survive a fall overboard, storms, a fall from the mast which leaves him unconscious, a mysterious crippling stomach pain which leaves him unable to move for several days, temporary blindness, from the glare, a transmitter that ceases working on day 1, and 3 gas burners 2 of which fail within days, the third around half way through the voyage As I said above, a bit of a superman.Of course, he makes his voyage successfully or else there wouldn t be a book , 6,700 miles from Peru to American Samoa As the book says, he sailed his raft further and faster than the six man crew of the Kon Tiki, and he did it solo It took almost four months.The writing was pretty good It was well paced, he balanced up the current progress of the raft with stories from his past well, and despite some weird dialogue where he spoke for the raft, or the parrot, or the cat, it was good reading Perhaps he talked himself up a bit, but it is quite an incredible voyage he has made.For me, 4 stars.

  2. says:

    This is a charming book Unlike the other reviewer who found the author bragging I found him to be the opposite I have read all author s books except the Devil s island one and got the impression that the author was very capable man who did not put himself on any pedestal He had a strong drive for adventure as well as for solitude Sea was his element This, like his other voyages, were truly epic and the fact that he did them alone tells a lot about his courage I enjoyed his writing style and his spirit this book is one of my all time favorite ones.

  3. says:

    I thought the preparations for the voyage were interesting than the trip itself A few parts were interesting but I simply did not like the author He reminded me of someone I once worked with at Xerox many years ago very good at bragging and stretching the truth.

  4. says:

    great story of rafting across the Pacific by the man who did it.

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