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New Street Nautical Audio Acquires Rights to Cruising Classic
35th Anniversary Edition of Herb Payson's hilarious sailing memoir BLOWN AWAY to be published in audio by New Street and in digital/paper formats by L & L Pardey Books and Videos.
Cruising World: "Perhaps the most delightful result of Herb Payson's decision to give up his credit card-cluttered life for one of bluewater cruising is that now he provides sailors (be they armchair or active) with uproariously funny tales of magic and woe. He has been charming magazine audiences with his adventures for several years; here he tells the entire hilarious but often humbling story of his family's move from California to a Pacific-bound ketch in Blown Away."
Sail Magazine: "Herb's self-deprecation is a wonderful counterpoint to his serious seamanship. Blown Away lets the reader laugh as he learns. A classic comedy of riches."
So what's it about? At middle age, Herb and Nancy Payson decided they needed a change. Why not give up life on shore, quit their jobs in the smoky nightclubs of Los Angeles, and take up the cruising life? In Sea Foam, their 36-foot ketch, the Paysons and their large brood of teenage children cruised the Pacific for six and a half years. They experienced a certain amount of stark terror, but their delights far outbalanced the drawbacks.
Anyone seriously dreaming of setting off to sea should read Blown Away.
Families who are already out there should make it bedtime reading, as Herb shows the way families interact in the close quarters of a sailing boat at sea. But even those who find their ordered onshore existences good and fulfilling can hardly escape a twinge of envy while experiencing this amusing, instructive and wholly delightful adventure.
This special 35th anniversary edition is enhanced with a foreword by Lin Pardey plus Herb's reflections on how cruising affected his children and his relationship with his determined, lifelong partner/wife Nancy.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Over two decades, Herb and Nancy Payson sailed on three different boats to more than 26 countries. Herb soon found his voice as a sailing writer and his work appeared regularly in Sail Magazine. His three books, filled with both humor and serious advice on seamanship, have delighted tens of thousands of readers worldwide. When age made sailing less fulfilling, Herb and Nancy settled in Port Townsend, Washington where Herb returned to his musical roots, playing jazz piano.
Paper and Digital Editions to be published by L & L Pardey Books and Videos, owned and operated by famed cruising sailors and writers Lin and Larry Pardey.
Audio Edition to be published by New Street Nautical Audio.