Seven at Sea
Working the night shift as a temp in a high-rise cubicle, Erik Orton knew something had to change. He felt the responsibility of providing for his wife and their five children the youngest with Down syndrome but craved a life that offered more than just surviving.
Watching the sailboats on the Hudson River during his sunset dinner breaks, Erik dared to dream. What would it be like to leave the hustle of the city and instead spend a year on a sailboat, somewhere beautiful, as a family? Despite having no sailing experience, his wife Emily s phobia of deep water, and already stretching every dollar to pay rent and buy groceries, the family of seven turned their excuses into reasons and their fears into motivation. Sure, they would miss their friends, they could go broke, they could get injured or die. Worst of all, they could humiliate themselves by trying something audacious and failing. But the little time they still had together as a family, before their oldest daughter left for college, was drifting away. The Ortons cast off the life they knew to begin an uncertain journey of 5,000 miles between New York City and the Caribbean, ultimately arriving at a new place within themselves.
A portrait of a captivating and resilient family and a celebration of the courage it takes to head for something over the horizon, this is a deeply compelling story told alternately by Erik and Emily for all those who dream of leaving routine in their wake.
With their new sailboat, the Orton family takes on the adventure of a lifetime. They are traveling 5000 miles from New York City to the Caribbean. As expected, living on the water in tight quarters is trivial and I know I couldn't do it. They had their good days and their bad ones, but they could always count on each other. SEVEN AT SEA is an emotional read that will inspire you to make your dreams come true.
I really enjoyed the two different point of views because it gave the reader more insight on the situation. It also shows how they react to the trip differently. I really loved the epilogue in the back that explains how this trip affected everyone. This isn't a story just about sailing. It's about taking risks and going through with a dream no matter how hard the path get. I love the growth of the family and how they grew closer rather than being pushed apart.
Final Verdict: I would recommend this to fans of memoirs, true stories about making dreams become reality, sailing, emotional reads, and focusing on family.