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.

Published:  2009
Length:  160 pages
Set in:  Greece; England; Iceland; Newfoundland, Canada