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  1. I read this lovely book at the age of nine. Robert Manry built a little 13.5-foot wooden yacht, learnt to navigate the old way, then set across the Atlantic. He sailed across the Atlantic from Falmouth Massachusetts to Falmouth Corwall in 1965. At the time it was the smallest craft to have made the crossing. It's a wonderful true adventure story, and hugely inspiring. I was never quite sure whether it was fact or fiction when I was reading it, and was delighted to find that it was a true story. [...]

  2. Splendid book by an adventurer from my current hometown. It is going to prove to be the inspiration for a new composition, though I am unsure whether I will write the piece now or let it marinate until I have the chance to write for large ensemble. I read the copy from my church library and will shortly be purchasing my own, though it probably won't be an autographed 1st edition like the one I've enjoyed. It has me so engrossed that Becky says I'm intolerable today.

  3. Tinkerbelle is an unpretentious tale of a dream accomplished through perseverance and courage. Manry's first-person, non-fiction account of sailing solo to Falmouth, England on a ridiculously small vessel from Massachsettes in 1965 is candid and generous in detail. As a sailor and author myself, I recommend this book to readers of seagoing adventure.

  4. Even though I've been on a sailboat once in my life and didn't particularly enjoy it, I did enjoy this memoir (from 1966 before the term memoir was common) about Robert Manry's solo trip across the Atlantic in a 13.5 foot sailboat. Manry was a newspaper man with a passion for sailing and a dream of a solo oceanic trip. He, and his boat Tinkerbelle, were well prepared but there were still plenty of challenging moments. He tells his story in a straight-forward, non-dramatic manner. The trip itself [...]

  5. As a recent viewer of a few 'sea adventures gone terribly wrong' films (All is Lost, Captain Phillips), this book was the perfect antidote. Robert Manry's account of his solo transatlantic voyage is an inspiring and humorous read, and also leaves the reader with the feeling that taking such a journey is within their grasp, given the correct preparation List makers take note, this man was ahead of his time!

  6. Ahoybought it 26 june 1966still have this copyCleveland Plain Dealercopy edcrosses the Atlantic in a 12 ft wood sailing dinghywonderfulanother things that dreams are made ofadventure storyhelm downmac

  7. Excellent! Grew up in the city where Bob Manry lived and rebuilt his boat, Tinkerbelle. There is even a park names after him. Sadly, I didn't learn about him, the boat, his journey and sad life after until I was an adult. Highly recommend.

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