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.
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.