No Return Ticket

ebook A True Yarn of Twentieth Century Adventure at Sea

By Captain Skip Rowland

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It was 1986 as Skip Rowland took a seat at a Newport Beach restaurant's bar. Dressed in stained shorts and a faded T-shirt, Rowland stood out in a crowd awash with suits and beautiful women. But Skip was not interested in those around him. Instead, his gaze was focused on the docks just outside the restaurant where his new forty-three foot ketch, Endymion, was being fitted to fulfill his dream of drifting to destinations yet unknown.

In a compelling narrative of loss, love faith and betrayal, Rowland chronicles the theft and torching of his beloved sailboat and subsequent voyage, with an authentic voice that profiles both his adventures and crew of motley characters. As Rowland and his girlfriend escape the drudgery of 9-5 living, he steers his new yacht Endymion through wild experiences that included being knocked down in mid-Pacific, nearly sliced in half by a vagabond freighter, and shaken by a military uprising, unanticipated grounding on a coral reef, and the most severe weather in over 100 years crossing the Tasman Sea.

No Return Ticket shares a gritty true adventure at sea as a California businessman embarks on a journey that will make you believe you are on deck feeling the salty spray and living the sailor's life.

No Return Ticket