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By Jesse Martin

At age 18, Jesse Martin grew to become the youngest individual ever to sail unassisted and nonstop all over the world. To best that, he and 4 buddies determined to gain one other dream: a three-year marvelous voyage packed with experience, fascinating humans, and unique areas, constrained basically via their imaginations and documented on digital camera. during this travelogue, Martin explains the place they went, what they discovered, and what they realized, sturdy and undesirable, approximately themselves and every different. Readers stick with the 5 pals over the full journey, from making plans and buying to on-board stories and existence after their early go back. There are appealing moments and there are moments while the sailors' resolves are established, as they climate storms either inside and with out. The send turns into a microcosm within which the desires, emotions, failings, fears, and weaknesses of 5 humans crash into one another, occasionally resolving and infrequently no longer, and Jesse's recounting pulls no punches. experience log readers, memoir lovers, and somebody drawn to being taken to a different position will take pleasure in this warts-and-all recounting of the chums' trip.

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Yet, he too sat uncharacteristically quietly, mulling over his thoughts. I walked along the deck to where Josh was lying with his T-shirt covering his face. When he saw me with the camera he gave a look as if to say ‘please, not now’. But he knew the rules and smiled reluctantly. ’ I asked. He took a few moments, his eyes red from tears, and looked straight ahead at the bright blue sky, as if it would provide the answer. ‘I dunno,’ he said. ‘It’s just . . just . . ’ I knew exactly what he meant, but I couldn’t explain it in any better way.

Back home he didn’t have a car, choosing to walk everywhere. I think he was glad to get off the boat and move his legs again after being cramped up for five days since we had left Port Stephens. The rest of us decided to get our jobs on board out of the way so we could go ashore too. Some jobs needed two or three people to tackle them, but most were individual efforts. Mika and Nicolette seemed to work at a slower pace than Beau and I, and often asked annoying questions. Not sailingtype questions, but commonsense stuff that I thought everyone should know.

I counted at least 30 boats as we motored to the heads. It was all a bit overpowering and confusing. We’d already said goodbye in Melbourne and there we were doing it all over again, complete with all the emotions. It affected Nicolette the most. With so many people swarming around her, all the attention took its toll as we sailed towards the open sea. She sobbed as she spoke to her mother over the satellite phone with helicopters buzzing overhead and foghorns blasting in the - 34 - Kijana15-1-05 11/3/05 12:50 PM Page 35 background.

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