Alone Against the Atlantic

Safe! An E-bay ad showed an unidentified craft for sale that looked a lot like Yankee Girl. But fans should know that the 10-foot sloop that conquered both the North Atlantic ocean (see Alone Against the Atlantic) and the South Pacific (See Broken Seas) is now a museum craft safely stored indoors at the Minnesota History Center, in St. Paul, Minnesota.The E-Bay boat? That was a knockoff, says Gerry, built in 1984 by a high school kid.

Yankee Girl and skipper Gerry Spiess arrive triumphantly in Falmouth, England, after a momentous 54-day journey across the North Atlantic.

A national best-seller by Gerry Spiess with Marlin Bree

By Gerry Spiess with Marlin Bree

On June 1, 1979, Gerry pointed the bow of his tiny boat east and set sail out of Chesapeake Bay to cross the treacherous North Atlantic. His destination was England.

He had hoped he had designed and built the smallest practical-sized sailboat capable of surviving on the open seas. After six years of planning and one year of construction, Yankee Girl was born -- 10 feet long and 5 1/​2 feet wide.

Fifty four days later, after battling raging storms, physical pain, loneliness and islolation, sleeplessness and the never-ending racking of the ocean, Gerry pulled into the English port of Falmouth.

Yankee Girl, the stubby little boat he had built in his garage out of used plywood, had carried him safely across nearly 3,800 miles of the treacherous North Atlantic. Upon his triumphant return to the United States, he was hailed as a hero.

Alone Against the Atlantic is the exciting and inspiring account of Gerry Spiess's solo voyage. It details his years of meticulous planning and preparation, his frustrations, he doubts, his commitment, and, his faith. It is the story of how one man achieved a goal he had set for himself.

But it is far more than an ordinary adventure tale: it is an intimate portrate of a man who dared to dream and make his dream come true.

The book includes over 50 photographs, drawings, a map of Yankee Girl's transatlantic route, and appendicies that detail the amazing amount of equipment aboard Yankee girl, including navigational equipment and charts, communications equipment, safety and emergency equipment, tools and equipment, provisions, and clothing, toiletries, personal items and medical supplies.

The hardcover edition of Alone Against the Atlantic became a national best-seller and went on to thrill millions of readers around the world in Reader's Digest Condensed Books editions.

Yankee Girl across the Pacific

Two years after her Atlantic crossing, Yankee Girl set out from Long Beach, California, to cross the world's largest ocean -- 7,800 miles to Sydney, Australia. The remarkable story of Yankee Girl's crossing to Hawaii is told in Marlin Bree's latest book, Broken Seas: True tales of extraordinary seafaring adventures (Marlor Press, 2005)

A side view of the mini cruiser shows her unusual lines. Note large, balanced rudder.

The ten-foot micro cruiser's specs tell some of the story. Note that she weighs only 750 pounds empty, but upon departure (both Atlantic and Pacific crossings) she displaced 2,200 pounds.

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Many of us grow up with dreams we never realize. We don't take time to live with them, or let others discourage us. We listen to the choruses of "why bother?" and "what will you gain from it?" and never experiece the joys of achieving goals we set for ourselves.

I believe that everyone should have a dream and strive to reach it. People's dreams can be big or small -- it doesn't matter. What matters is that a dream come true can change a person in some undefinable but vital way.

And sometimes -- here's the best part -- one dream will lead to another, and, another, until finally the act of dreaming becomes an endless cycle, a limitless horizon as vast as the sea itself."


--Gerry Spiess
(copyright 1981 by Gerry Spiess and Marlin Bree)

GREAT REVIEWS!


"At once an adventure story and a human document you sail through as with an exciting novel, feeling the excitemehts, living the frustrations, and dodging the elements." -- Cornish Life (England)

"A fascinating sea story." Saint Paul Pioneer Press

"Will be read and re-read by would-be sailors for years." -- Library Journal,

"Adventure with a captivating style, realism and keen observation." -- The News (England)

"The inspiring, true story of one man's dream, from its birth to its glorivous fulfillment." -- Reader's Digest

"Amateur seamen will identify with Spiess because the work is detailed in depth, with nary a knot missing. The voyage of Yankee Girl was across 3,800 miles of the North Atlantic; it wasn't easy. Spiess fought a constant battle to keep his little boat afloat in roaring seas and raging storms, while his endurance was being continually tested, lacking sleep, aching with fatigue and pain, but most of all; the depression of absolute lonliness. Spiess, thanks to his expert collaborator Bree, gives the reader a feeling of being aboard as the author seems able to recount every arduous moment of his extensive journey. It's an inspiration to anyone who feels challenged by a dream and a hope, but for would-be or present sailors, the book's a must. --West Coast Review of Books

One of the two best real-life adventure books this year.
--Midwest Bookwatch

Alone Against the Atlantic by Gerry Spiess with Marlin Bree...is the compelling and emotion-filled type of book which really hits home for the readers. Excellent use of suspense and foreshadowing.
--the Bulletin