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Adrift: Sailing, Survival & the Human Spirit


Author Steven Callahan was six days into a voyage across the Atlantic when his small sloop was destroyed in heavy storms.  The Maine native scrabbled onto an inflatable raft and began a journey covering more than 1,800 miles before he was found seventy-six days later.  His account, in  Adrift, is as much about the human spirit as it is about survival.   Friday, April 21, 2017,  is the 35th anniversary of his rescue.

GUEST:  Steven Callahan is the author of Adrift. He also consults on boat design and construction, and teaches seamanship and survival skills.  He also assists in movies involving the sea, including Life of Pi. 

Callahan recommended several books on survival skills, and most highly recommended Viktor Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning.  He also recommended Touching the Void by Joe Simpson.

Adrift features Callahan's illustrations and diagrams of life at sea during his voyage:



Callahan doing life-raft testing: