OK, Daniell, I'll take a leap of faith and send it to you (gulp!). As I stated before, it's not brilliant, but it should be fun. And remember that I'm writing this for a general audience that doesn't know how to sail, so I've had to dilute the sailing terms and maneuvers. And the sailors on this site are very technical! They would probably be arguing over every step!
Also, I am writing about my only experience in off-shore sailing. I learned to sail when I lived in Texas
and we never had self steering
, etc. When I crossed the Gulf Stream
with my friends, I think that I remember having the sails
up to operate the steering
mechanism, but I'm not sure. So there's a lot to critique/correct. Let me know where I should send the book and I'll send it on.
I think that I mentioned previously that I had written a large book and then, at the advice of my editor, chopped off the end to create the first book. She is very astute and she is probably correct, because I start the first book with a regatta
and a lot of sailing jargon and maneuvers. Her advice is to hook the readers without slogging through a lot of sailboat racing
that they probably wouldn't understand.
Thanks for your offer and I hope that you enjoy it,