CAP­TAIN’S BOOK­SHELF

Au­thor Tanya Bin­ford took a hia­tus from her busy life to carpe diem on the Great Loop. Ed­i­tor-in-Chief Jonathan Cooper dis­cusses her new book, Cross­ing the Wake.

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In 2014, at the age of 51, Tanya Bin­ford set aside her busy life to pur­sue a solo cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion of the 5,000- mile Great Loop. Start­ing from her newly- adopted home of South­port, North Carolina, she fired up her re­stored 25- foot Ranger Tug, Annabelle, and headed out on an ad­ven­ture that would change her life. The gen­e­sis of the trip came on the heels of los­ing her best friend, men­tor, and sav­ior, pre­ma­turely to can­cer. Tanya forced her­self to re- eval­u­ate her own mis­sion in life: For her, it was a carpe diem mo­ment when she de­cided to take a year off from her ca­reer as a psy­chi­atric nurse prac­ti­tioner to leave ev­ery­thing be­hind.

Cross­ing is a de­tailed story, not only of the au­thor’s in­spi­ra­tion and prepa­ra­tion for the voy­age, but also of the mishaps, mis­ad­ven­tures, and beau­ti­ful mo­ments that she ex­pe­ri­enced along the way. Many read­ers are fa­mil­iar with the in­tri­ca­cies of cruis­ing the Loop—scenes that range from mun­dane to ma­jes­tic—but what makes Tanya’s story unique is that she is not an ex­pe­ri­enced boater at the out­set. She makes mis­takes—and plenty of them—but it is her hon­est un­veil­ing of these mis­takes that makes Cross­ing the Wake a gutsy, worth­while read. For the begin­ner or the ex­pe­ri­enced cruiser alike, it is a tale full of cau­tion, ad­ven­ture, and raw emo­tion.

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