Three Ways to Capsize a Boat: An Optimist Afloat
When an elderly couple offers Chris Stewart a job as the skipper of their sailboat in Greece, he jumps at the chance despite having no nautical knowledge whatsoever.
A crash and a fire later, he gets his sea legs and embraces his newfound love of the sea by seizing the next sailing opportunity that comes along — an expedition to trace famous Viking Leif Eriksson's journey across the Atlantic to Newfoundland.
"The saga about [Leif Eriksson's] voyage recounts at great length the exploits of — and I am not making these up — the unappetizing Ragnar Hairybreeches, the loathsome Erik Bloodaxe, and our hero Leif's mother-in-law, the redoubtable lady Thorbjorg Ship-Bosom."
Chris Stewart was the original drummer for the band Genesis, and now works as a writer and farmer. His books include Driving Over Lemons, Three Ways to Capsize a Boat, A Parrot in the Pepper Tree, Last Days of the Bus Club, and The Almond Blossom Appreciation Society.
Length: 160 pages
Set in: Greece; England; Iceland; Newfoundland, Canada