Breaking Seas by Glenn Damato
An overweight, middle-aged computer nerd buys his first boat, quits his job, and sails off to adventure

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FROM THE KIRKUS REVIEW: "As a writer, Damato makes his rehabilitation of the craft surprisingly interesting. . . his pithy prose keeps the story speeding along."

Do you have a dream you must pursue, but everyone says it’s unrealistic? Or that you’re not qualified? Too old, too out of shape? Or you don’t have the “right experience?”

Glenn Damato was a forty-one year old software instructor who sought to exceed the bounds of his comfortable but humdrum existence. He embarked on an adventure for which he was miserably unprepared. Why did he do this? How did he answer the ancient human question: how do we jump-start growth in our lives? We become something we were not.

The “something” Damato strived to become was neither easy nor simple: an ocean sailing skipper. Overweight and without boating experience of any kind, he decided to pursue his lifelong dream of sailing around the world on his own vessel.

Reckless? Dangerous? Idiotic? Call it what you will, Damato was determined to make the voyage a reality despite the obstacles.

Suddenly without the familiar security of his previous life, Damato was forced to conquer his anxieties while at the same time surviving the hazards and challenges of offshore sailing. As his experience and confidence mounts, he discovers he has indeed undergone a personal transformation – one quite different than he originally hoped, and in some ways worthier than he imagined.

Breaking Seas is a tale of ocean voyaging, but it’s not just about sailing: the all-encompassing themes are rejection and disappointment – and our common human quest to get the most out of life despite being born into an imperfect universe.

Part sailing adventure, part philosophical pilgrimage, Breaking Seas is for everyone who’s ever wanted to embark on an enterprise of some kind despite not meeting society’s expected “qualifications.”

“This is a story about our desire to be elsewhere, reborn and enhanced, because here and now are not enough," says Damato. "But don’t expect a sugar-coated fairy tale with just what you want to hear. I promise you an honest story truthfully told.”

About Glenn Damato

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Published November 11, 2012 by Ninth Circle Press. 362 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Self Help, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Glenn Damato always dreamed of sailing around the world and, at age 41, he decided to quit his well-paid job as a software instructor, raid his nest egg and unfurl the sails.

Jan 21 2013 | Read Full Review of Breaking Seas: An overweight,...

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Like the Downeaster full-keeled cutter he sunk his life savings into, software instructor Damato's lengthy tale of proving himself at sea against all odds—armed with information gleaned from the Internet—is not quite salty enough for smooth sailing.

Feb 18 2013 | Read Full Review of Breaking Seas: An overweight,...

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