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  1. 117 Days Adrift (World of Cruising)
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  2. 117 Days Adrift (World of Cruising)

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The Bailey's is a fantastic human story of adaptaion to totally alien conditions. It is a story of amazing courage, resolution and endurance. Essential reading for all who enjoy a gripping true story, 117 Days Adrift is an inspiring tale that has become one of the classics of the sea.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

I read this book in one sitting; it's quite a gripping experience to re-live the experience as the Bailey's hold out for an unparalleled 118 days in a rubber dinghy and raft in the middle of the Pacific. Will few supplies and slowly failing equipment, they keep improvising and somehow mentally hold it together long enough for the 8th (!) passing ship to finally spot them after almost 4 months adrift.
The only criticisms I have of this book are that they leave a few questions unanswered. Such as, did they not have a radio?! (Perhaps not standard in 1973?)
Having just read "Into Thin Air" I was looking for another gripping true story. This book seemed to promise that, but sadly, it didn't deliver. While what the Baileys did was enormous and awe-inspiring, the story is really quite tepid. LOTS of pictures and drawings to flesh out the skimpy 192 pages. Redundant - day after day the same thing, sometimes told once by Maurice and a second time by Maralyn. I know it was a harrowing experience, I just wish I could have FELT it more
Actually the Bailey's were adrift for 119 days as is explained in the preface. Their small sailboat was holed near the Galapagos Islands by an angry whale during an up-to-then happy voyage. In fewer than 45 minutes their boat sank, but they were fortunate to have a good life raft and dinghy. They were also able to gather, as their boat was sinking, some supplies and odds and ends which eventually helped to save their lives. The sea provided most of their food and the skies water, both in abundance; they were able to catch turtles by hand and fish with safety pins made into fish hooks, and gather rain water in jugs. The Baileys were able to survive and take advantage of the gifts of nature because they did not panic, they did not despair, even though seven ships passed within one mile of their raft before the eighth stopped to save them.

The Bailey's story is inspiring because it demonstrates clearly and distinctly the importance of determination, care, and reason in... Read more
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