By Marguerite Welch
Published by Seaworthy Publications, Inc. 320 pages paperback
On October 22, 1998, Marguerite & Michael Welch and their black Labrador Jack departed their hometown of Annapolis, MD aboard their 38-foot Shannon Cutter Ithaca, embarking on what they anticipated to be a three-year voyage at the most. Only vaguely thinking about the possibility of sailing the world at the time, they would eventually complete a 43,822-nautical mile circumnavigation during which they visited fifty-one countries by sail and another nine by land. They returned home on July 19, 2012.
The fourteen-year voyage presented challenges including culture clashes, gear failure and sudden storms. A fascinating and thoughtful narrative, Waterborne is, in the author’s words, “an adventure story, a memoir and proof that you have to leave home to get home.” To order a copy, visit margueritewelch.com.
Sailor, writer and photographer Marguerite Welch has taught black and white Fine Art Photography, and History of 19th and 20th Century Photography at several universities, and her work has been exhibited in numerous galleries. You’ll find amazing galleries from Ithaca’s voyage at mwwordsandimages.com. Her short fiction, memoir, and travel writings have been published in Bay Weekly, Wanderlust, and Memoir Magazine. She and husband Michael live in Annapolis, Maryland, where she sails, gardens, writes, creates art, and gratefully watches the ever-changing colors of the Severn River from her front porch. ■