***JUST RELEASED ***The Bering Sea and the Aleutian Islands represent one of the most fascinating, yet rarely visited places on the planet. In this true story, three private boats venture from Seattle to Japan, via Alaska, the Bering Sea, the Aleutian Islands and Siberia. This is their story of exploration and adventure. 100s of photos!
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Feb 28, 2010
Great book! I reviewed this for www.nordhavn.com - entire review and photos, here is an edited version. Buy this book, you will love it! There is nothing like reading a great seafaring travel story to remind why you want to cut your dock lines and sail to the horizon. Late last year, Ken Williams published his third book about cruising on a Nordhavn – a remarkable recap of a three boat band that traversed the North Pacific in Spring/Summer 2009. The Great Siberian Sushi Run is an outstanding journal that chronicles the intrepid adventure of three Nordhavns taking a 5,938-mile trek from Seattle to Japan. The Great Siberian Sushi Run continues Ken’s familiar storytelling style, but in a more appealing and inspiring way. The Williams unabashed and enthusiastic sea reports have created a world wide audience enthralled with finding out what they will do next, not to mention longing to switch places with Shelby, their beloved Norwegian Lund Hound and faithful companion on the long ranging... More > adventures. How do you plan a trip for three boats a) going to places most people have never been and b) passing through remote locales where repairs to potentially injured boats (and people) would be practically impossible? This book does a great job of discussing the planning steps and shares many invaluable tidbits that will benefit all cruisers no matter how far they wish to roam. The story of how this bold group started with a dream, figured out a plan and accomplished their goal is inspiring and educational. Ken’s writing style has grown more conversational over time and you feel like you are in direct contact with him. Recognizing that that Sans Souci maintained internet connection throughout the trip is integral to understanding the book’s format. Unlike any other sea travel adventure I’ve ever read, this book includes feedback from the audience of Ken’s blog, who he kept updated with frequent posts (and to offer greater understanding of the trip, provided links to websites which offer additional details about the people, places and things the group encountered). It’s a great vehicle for formatting, preserving and sharing this type of journey. How often do you read a book where the readers influence the actions and activities of the main characters? The modern trawler traveler, equipped with a good internet connection, can research his adventure underway and pick the brains of knowledgeable followers for advice to make each day even more fulfilling and continually improve the trip. You can keep in touch not only with loved ones, but keep track of the weather and everything else happening back in the real world ashore. There are very informative discussions interspersed throughout the book on such important cruising topics as medical kits (and injuries – “the most dangerous thing we’ve done is climbing on and off of the boat”), sonar, ships logs, engine room checks, paper charts (Sans Souci had 85 pounds worth!), running in formation, using an agent, plus much, much more which are covered with all kinds of useful tidbits and insights. This is much more than a waypoint to waypoint diary. And an assortment of URLs point you to as much detail as you wish to learn. How many people go cross the Pacific via Siberia? I loved it when the GSSR called the USSR by VHF to request permission to arrive in Petropavlovsk! The teamwork between three different crews to coordinate this trek through the waters made famous in the TV show “The Deadliest Catch” is impressive. They knew before setting out that they would need to be self-sufficient as they “prepared for the worst and hoped it was a wasted effort”. One mishap occurred while gaffing a huge halibut: the fish was boated, but the RIB she was reeled into was deflated! Whether you are a coastal cruiser, passage maker or armchair admiral, I strongly encourage you to add a copy of The Great Siberian Sushi Run to your nautical library and keep your eyes open for what will certainly be more installments in the months and years ahead. To join in on the next adventure in real time, be sure to sign up on Ken’s blog by going to www.kensblog.com and www.kensotherblog.com.< Less
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