At the Mercy of the Sea: The True Story of Three Sailors in a Caribbean Hurricane

John Kretschmer


At the Mercy of the Sea: The True Story of Three Sailors in a Caribbean Hurricane

At the Mercy of the Sea: The True Story of Three Sailors in a Caribbean Hurricane

  • Title: At the Mercy of the Sea: The True Story of Three Sailors in a Caribbean Hurricane
  • Author: John Kretschmer
  • ISBN: 9780071475075
  • Page: 171
  • Format: Hardcover

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Three lone sailors, each pursuing a solitary dream, are swept up in the open ocean by a monster hurricane that confounds all predictions, traveling east instead of west through the Caribbean Incredibly, even as the eye wall of the storm roars overhead with 150 mile per hour winds, the three boats wind up in the same small patch of ocean.


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John Kretschmer is well known in the sailing community as a well-seasoned and experience bluewater skipper. In "At the Mercy of the Sea", he tells the story of three sailors who perished in Hurricane Lenny, which came through the Caribbean in 1999. One of the sailors who perished was John's own friend Carl Wake.The three men in the story started in three different sailboats, from three different places, but all ended up in the middle of the hurricane. Carl Wake was solo sailing from Virginia to [...]

Turns out, I prefer travel adventure stories in which at the end of the adventure, everyone gathers in a tropical bar to out boast each other about the hurricane they survived. This was not that book.

Well researched account blended with personal experience and relationships with the individuals impacted by the storm and their families. A well documented emotional experience.

A quick short read, a somewhat enjoyable and easy plot to follow for the cold winter months. It is short enough to be read all in one sitting, which I did. It is somewhat difficult to classify this story. It would be a memoir if it had been written by a survivor. It'd be a biography if about the sailors' lives. It'd be a coming of age, or bildungsroman if it involved a young man in the same situation. I'd say it was more of a writer surmising what his friend's last hours might have been like, an [...]

Intimate and intriguing tellingThoroughly researched narrative of three parties' tragic encounter with Hurricane Lenny. Filled with John's signature subtle humor and pragmatism, and an even more fascinating read as you begin to understand his deep connection with Carl. The author's salesmanship and subject matter expertise makes for a fascinating read as he often understands the subjects' behavior end conditions better than they did themselves.

A powerful narrative aided by what appears to be an exhaustive amount of research and an author who does a great job of establishing his authority both as a sailor, and as the close friend of one of the men involved in these events. If you have an interest in sailing and the natural drama that forms at the nexus of circumstance and fateful decision, I'd definitely recommend this book.

Kretschmer's book elevated sailing past any sport or hobby that I imagined it to be. I learned what it takes to buy a boat, advantages of some boats over others, navigation, and generally got a great idea of the scenarios that one might encounter. This particular unfortunate story bodes caution as a helmsman's best friend, presenting the hard realities that are at bay.

Its really two stories, a harrowing tale of what not to do during really bad weather at sea and a study in the folly of stubbornness on the part of man. Fairly well written with perhaps a tad too much conjecture though with 3 of the 4 subjects perished, conjecture is all one is left with for certain parts of the story.

This is a tale from more recent times. It is about 3 sailors who find themselves in the middle of an unexpected hurricane. 1 of the sailors is a personal friend of the author and his story sounds like the most sad, yet heroic story of all.

This author is very easy to read and the true story was fascinating! I'd highly recommend this particular book for anyone interested in sailing - particularly cruising and blue water sailing. Spoiler alert A sailboat may survive a hurricane but her crew wont.

Learning about sailing by reading is awesomeThe tale was tragic but I learned a lot about storms and sailing. Survival in a storm did not happen here and the morale of this story is avoid hurricanes

Excellent account of sailors in the Caribbean during Hurricane Lenny, in 1999.

Possibly the best sailing book out there

Very good

Riveting. A speculative account of the fates of 3 sailors in trapped in the middle of Hurricane Lenny.

While I think Kretschmer is a highly talented writer, this book was not my favorite, for technical reasons. Otherwise it was great. I read it in nearly one sitting.

An absorbing account of a ferocious storm that took the lives of three Caribbean sailors. The narrative rattles along like a well trimmed sloop in a blow. Read in one sitting


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