Read, Review, Travel: Maiden Voyage — SPOILER ALERT
In a previous post, I wrote about my general views on the book, Maiden Voyage, by Tania Aebi. In this post, I will be discussing some details about the book that you may not want to read if you plan on reading this book. If you do not plan on reading the book or if you do not mind being spoiled, then continue reading this blog post!
In my book review, I wrote about how I did not like how Tania’s book shifted from an adventure story to a romance story. I would have preferred the last words of her book to be about her epic accomplishment rather than her expressing her love to her boyfriend. The last words of the book (if you do not count the epilogue) are, “I blong you,” which is their way of saying “I love you” to each other. She just accomplished an epic feat to be the first American woman, as well as the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone! And her last words are “I blong you”?! It let me down. I would have preferred that she summarized her accomplishment and what it meant to her. After finishing the book, I looked her up on the Internet to see what else she has done in her life since finishing this feat. She did end up marrying her boyfriend, they had two sons, but then they divorced, so it did not turn out to be a happy ending, unfortunately.
I also found out that she was not granted the official record of being the first American woman and youngest person ever to sail around the world alone by Guinness World Records. This is because she sailed through the Panama Canal; in order to go through this canal, you had to have at least a certain number of people on board to help sail through due to the canal’s regulations. She was able to find some sailors to help her, but because she did not sail alone through this stretch, Guinness wasn’t able to give her the world record.
In addition, Guinness found out that she had sailed about 80 miles with a friend when she was in the South Pacific. According to the Internet, “the equatorial circumference of Earth is about 24,901 miles.” The length of the Panama Canal is 51 miles. 51 plus 80 equals 131. She technically did not sail alone for 131 miles but sailed the rest of the approximately 24,770 miles by herself. She sailed 0.50% of the world with others on board. I would have still given her the record! I do understand the reasoning behind not giving her the record because of having her friend on board for 80 miles, but I don’t understand the reasoning behind not recognizing her record because of the Panama Canal. I guess Guinness wants sailors to go around the southern tip of South America instead of using the Panama Canal. In my eyes, Tania set the record!
Overall, I still really enjoyed reading this book, and I encourage others to read it too!