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The Voyage of Yankee Lady

Three boats, one voyage

In June 2000, Judith Silva and her husband, Jim, slipped the lines of their Pearson 28, Yankee Lady, and sailed Canadian and New England waters with two other retired couples in their own boats.

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“The Voyage of Yankee Lady: Circumnavigating New England in a Sailboat” is her story of modest boats, modest budgets and a 3,000-mile odyssey (Tate Publishing, $26.99 paperback, e-book on

The boats stopped in nearly 90 ports and anchorages, and Silva chronicles their encounters with whales, visits to rural fishing ports and life taken one day at a time. Along the way they coped with storms, mechanical failures and other challenges that are part of any extended voyage. “Six people went on this voyage; each has a story to tell,” Silva writes in the introduction. “This is my story.”

July 2013 issue