• Cape Horn to Starboard

  • By: John Kretschmer
  • Narrated by: Tom Perkins
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (352 ratings)

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Cape Horn to Starboard

By: John Kretschmer
Narrated by: Tom Perkins
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Publisher's Summary

Legendary account of the author's voyage around Cape Horn in a 32-foot sailboat, sailing east to west (thus the Horn is to starboard, or on the right). This is a notoriously difficult and dangerous passage, especially in a boat this size.

©1986 John Kretschmer (P)2020 Tantor

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A sailing classic

A story any sailor will love. I learned a lot about ocean sailing and the many facets that it has. The narration was pretty good!

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A Sailing Classic

If you’re familiar with John Kretchmer’s writing, this book is certainly the epitome of his crazy adventures and love for the sea. As a fairly new sailor, I enjoyed his stories about just starting to sail all the way up to one of his greatest achievements. I highly recommend this book to anyone who’s in need of a vicarious adventure or some light sailing literature. The narration is good, although I preferred the performance of Sailing to The Edge of time the most.

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Oh well

I love John Kretschmer as a writer. But just as he has gotten better as a sailor so has his writing. This was an earlier product. Worth listening to but not as enjoyable as his later works.

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Enjoyable and a good read/listen

This was the third book that I’ve encounter from John Kretschmer, and I believe the first he wrote. He has a wonderful way of storytelling with useful information in the story. I am looking forward to reading his new book that just came out. One of my favorite seagoing authors.

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Sailing the roads with John Kretschmer

My wife, Kay, and I enjoyed the book very much as we toured California in our 25ft RV. We also had our share of issues ( electrical) but Johns writing and Tom’s narration kept us entertained. I take the ASA 101 at the end of April 2021 and one day if John is still teaching would love to join him and listen to more of his tales. Martin

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awesome story

great listen - wonderful story about some friends and their combined efforts to have fun and experience the sea and it unique qualities.

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Great story-

The fact that it’s true makes it even better. I can’t wait for his next book.

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Great story, poorly read

The author wrote a terrific book. It’s journey draws you in and has you join the crew. You can feel the wind and the waves. Unfortunately, Audible selected a performer to read the book who mis-pronounces common English words and mangles sailing jargon. I heartily recommend the book for the strength of the writing and it’s compelling stories. You’ll just have to suffer (and occasionally swear) at the performer.

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Overall very good, but ended abruptly

For the most part this was a great story. It was the telling of an obviously grand, dangerous, and possibly foolhardy adventure. I really enjoyed the book, up until the very end. It's not a spoiler to say the story revolved around sailing around Cape Horn. My issue came at end of the voyage. The writing got sloppy and the ending was just thrown in. And it left so many unanswered questions. The main issue is there was a character who was the second most important character (after the author) through the entire book. At the end we are teased with this grand foreshadowing of what might happen, then nothing happens. Even though she was integral to the story, her name was only mentioned once in passing in the last 20 minutes. What the heck happened? I needed closure on her character as well.

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after arriving in San Francisco, not one word about Molly who seems to have totally disappeared into the pages

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  • Patrick Powell
  • 07-11-22

Great account of a good adventure

Well written, and well performed. Although this is one of those rare occasions where I think the author is a better orator than the one chosen to read his work. Brilliant though... Well done

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  • Michael Charles Devlin
  • 09-26-21

great story

the mechanical narration and horrendous pronunciation of many words and phrases spoils an excellent book...

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  • Slowhand
  • 09-20-20

Catchy title is no indication of content

This book is not bad but has little to do with rounding the Horn. More to do with a sailor (and an author) learning his craft. The narrator's style and delivery would be better suited to children's books. In addition, there's the common complaint that ludicrous mispronunciation by a narrator is not corrected by (apparently equally unlettered) editors.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-11-20

I loved it but what happened Molly?

The book took over my days until it finally arrived at the Golden Gate. I think the book is as much about a young man growing up as it is about the Horn, the author coming into the realisation that the world is not all about us, as we all come to realise, and he goes through a lot as he develops, gains confidence, hardens up and joins the complicated world of adulthood.

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  • ANGELA GOODWIN
  • 01-14-22

Compelling humourous insightful

I just love this author, his story is so eloquently written and he is authentic to a tee. Read it and learn, laugh, cry and worry but above all enjoy it.

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  • sandy howitt
  • 06-17-21

great sailing book

Great read, gripping story. Pre gps and other fancy gizmos. second John Kretshmer book on audible. can't help but like the guy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-21-20

Another great book from Uncle John

Great narration as well. I’ll be looking Flirting for another book by JK, maybe “ flirting with mermaids”