Fun With Sailboats

Non-Fiction - Memoir
152 Pages
Reviewed on 07/14/2020
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Author Biography

Pete Brennan was introduced to sailing on an eleven-foot Styrofoam boat about 1970 when his dad sent in the requisite number of carton tops from Kool cigarettes. (The sail was emblazoned with the Kool cigarettes logo.) He completed the American Sailing Association Basic Keelboat Sailing course in 1981 at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida.
After graduating college, he moved to Miami to work as a high school teacher, and bought a 22’ sailboat, which he sailed for a couple of years on weekends in Biscayne Bay, and all summer long in the Florida Keys. Eventually life brought him to Long Island, New York, where, after a ten-year hiatus from sailing, he bought an old 30’ Pearson and sailed Long Island Sound, Block Island, Martha’s Vineyard, the East River, New York Harbor, and the Atlantic Ocean.
His first taste of Tall Ship sailing came in 2000, when he served as volunteer crew on the Canadian schooner Mist of Avalon on a voyage from Charleston South Carolina to Newport Rhode Island. Since then he has sailed on the Irish Tall Ship Asgard II, and the Dutch ship Thalassa. After selling his own boat when his children reached college age, he has continued to serve as crew on five races from St. Petersburg Florida to Isla Mujeres Mexico, two races to Havana Cuba, and a couple of Round Ireland races.
He now lives in Palm Harbor Florida with Susan his wife and Bayley the Wonder Dog. They have two children and five grandchildren.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Fun With Sailboats by Peter Brennan is about the author's interest in sailing that began at the age of nine when he was introduced to it by his dad. He speaks about his first Styrofoam sailboat and how the family would use it when they went on their camping adventures to sailing around the ponds and lakes where they camped. His interest in sailing is infectious and he tells how living in Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York helped him pursue his passion for sailing. The author's adventures and the descriptive narration of his sailing adventures will make many readers want to get out there and experience the exhilaration of sailing.

Fun With Sailboats gives readers ideas about sailing on different types of boats. It is not a book only for sailors; any ordinary person reading it will enjoy the author's nautical adventures. The images shared help readers connect with the author's words and will make his trips palpable for them. It is a simple and enjoyable read too as they navigate the waters along with Peter Brennan in his sailboat and have an experience of a lifetime. The author's excitement is tangible and his passion for sailing, making new friends, and seeking adventure make this book fun and exciting. The waves, the dolphins, the beautiful places visited, the spectacular sunsets, the breathtaking views, and the unpredictable weather encountered while sailing is all exciting to readers and might even encourage a few of them to try out sailing and feel the author's passion and love for sailing.