Outbound by William Storandt
Finding a Man, Sailing an Ocean (Living Out: Gay and Lesbian Autobiographies, Joan Larkin and David Bergman, Series Editors)

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Outbound

is the story of two voyages: an Atlantic crossing in the 33-foot cutter

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, bound for Scotland; and the hard voyage of self-discovery that finally brought Bill Storandt to his life partner.



Storandt’s account of the adventure he had carefully planned with longtime partner Brian Forsyth and their friend Bob soon turns into a white-knuckled sailing tale, as they encounter a fierce storm four hundred miles from the Irish coast that tests their courage and all their sailing skills. The sea story, vividly evoking life in a small boat on a big ocean, is interwoven with Storandt’s flashbacks to his earlier life. Outbound delivers its share of excitement, but it’s also a moving reflection on how circuitous our paths can be, even when the destination is clear and beckoning.

 

About William Storandt

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William Storandt is a freelance writer in Branford, Connecticut, whose first novel will be published in the spring of 2002. He has contributed sailing articles to Cruising World magazine for twenty years. Now a writing tutor in the Bass Writing Program at Yale University, his early employment included playing tambourine for the Monkees. 
 
Published August 3, 2001 by University of Wisconsin Press. 176 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Gay & Lesbian. Non-fiction

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Storandt's writing has a comfortable ease to it, and plenty of self-deprecation for all his fussy worrying—how he can “savor and telegraphy every misery”—which works well for the easy passage over, but keeps the wicked gales they encounter heading north from the Azores to Scotland from becoming w...

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Graced with an unusually apt title that embraces both the gay concept of coming out and the nautical term for leaving port, this compelling memoir weaves Storandt's tentative coming out during the late 1960s and 1970s with a jaunty account of an Atlantic Ocean crossing with his life partner, Bria...

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