This Is It (2 Hemi­spheres, 2 Peo­ple, and 1 Boat)

By Jackie Parry (self-pub­lished; $19 print, $3 e-book)

Cruising World - - Underway - — Lynda Mor­ris Chil­dress

Jackie and Noel Parry, a well­matched pair of sea gyp­sies, are at it again. (Parry’s book about their pre­vi­ous cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion, Of For­eign Build, was pub­lished in 2014.) This lat­est, two-year jour­ney takes them (by air) from their home in Aus­tralia to Cal­i­for­nia, in search of an­other boat. In San Francisco, they find her: an Aleu­tian 51, Pyewacket II. Af­ter mak­ing her sea-ready, they em­bark on an epic jour­ney back to Oz, first head­ing south to Mex­ico, Costa Rica and Ecuador (with an over­land trip to Peru); to Panama (to re­trieve new sails); then west to the Gala­pa­gos. They cruise on­ward across the Pa­cific, sail­ing off the beaten path to ex­plore some of the most re­mote is­lands on the planet be­fore they point their bow to­ward home. This is more than a cruis­ing tale; it’s a jour­nal of life well-lived in the present mo­ment. Parry writes with depth, per­cep­tion and lik­able hu­mor. An ap­pen­dix of bonus ma­te­rial full of prac­ti­cal in­for­ma­tion will be use­ful for those fol­low­ing in their wake. Warn­ing: Read­ing this book might lead you to buy a boat, cut your ties to land and fol­low the au­thor’s ad­vice: “Seize life. ... Step out­side the box, and al­low your light to shine. This … right now … is it.”

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