Green Ghost, Blue Ocean

Winner of the 2019 Pottersfield Prize for Creative Nonfiction

About the book

Green Ghost, Blue Ocean is a travel memoir about a 40,000 nautical mile adventure that spans seventeen years. Early in their careers, Jennifer and her husband Nik come to realize that the rewards in the corporate world will always be the same – more money to buy more things, but never time off for self-discovery. When they begin to imagine a life outside the norm, they seize on the idea of long-distance sailing as the perfect way to journey down a road less travelled.

Green Ghost, Blue Ocean is a story about taking time and taking a risk, about unwittingly losing your identity while simultaneously redefining yourself in ways never imagined. It is a story about the importance of starting and the acceptance of an imperfect plan. It is a tale of the triumph of conviction: if you believe that you’ll figure it out when you get there, it’s amazing how far you can go.

What people are saying about

Green Ghost, Blue Ocean

“A well-written account of a voyage around the globe… With honesty, insight and humour, Jennifer M. Smith’s evocative narrative succeeds in capturing the hopes, fears, and hassles of a vagabond sailor’s life as well as the beauty of nature and thrills this unusual lifestyle features. ”

Wendy Hinman, Author of two award-winning books, Tightwads on the Loose: A Seven-year Pacific Odyssey and Sea Trials: Around the World with Duct Tape and Bailing Wire.

“Writing with clarity about her 17-year sailing odyssey Smith lures us around the world. From her detailed personal journals, she shares her continuing learning curve from novice sailor to offshore cruiser. Not shying away from the low points as well as the joys, she also includes her anxieties and frustrations of bluewater voyaging, the difficulties of maintaining an old boat, of returning to Canada to work, and having elderly family at home. Despite her challenges, the charisma of the cruising lifestyle and the nurturing cruisers’ community win her enthusiasm, bolstering her tenacity to eventually achieve the accomplishment of a country-to-country circumnavigation. To the potential nervous cruiser, this book will encourage endorsing the adventure, holding true to one’s conviction and embracing every moment to successfully transform their own dream into reality.”

Liza Copeland is the award-winning, best-selling author of four books on cruising that include a circumnavigation with her husband and three young sons.

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