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Sailing Grace: a True Story of Death, Life, and the Sea

by John Otterbacher

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Somewhat disappointing. languished in the author's heart trouble and never really got too far from it. Hardly a page went by that didn't mention his health--it got really repetitive and really held the book back from being the glorious triumph of the human spirit that it aspired to be. Maybe if I had experienced the brushed with death that John did I might appreciate it more. ( )
  gpaisley | Apr 28, 2012 |
Doctor, Professor John Otterbacher despite being fit and active in long distance marathons suffers from a heart attack. By juggling with his private practice in Psychology, and with his wife and John Ryan, his elder son, all helping to interest and care for his two “pony-legged” young daughters, he is able to fit in time in his hard-run life for the necessary heart surgeries. Eight of them.

The book describes his battling of challenges most would be hard-pressed to meet, but the author – and his strongly supporting wife Barbara – wanted more than just survival and a life. John negotiates Doctor to Doctor with his eminent Cardiac team to gain the right to restore, modify and complete an enormous sailing cruiser. With the help of many teasing and joshing friends the entire yacht is refurbished, special teenage girl needs met in the accommodation, practices suspended, houses let, furniture stored – between cardiac collapse and major open-heart surgery – the family prepare John for his ambition of cross Atlantic and Caribbean sailing.

Amazingly John’s story continues, with a subtle wit, immense ‘grit’, tremendous and loving support he does finish Grace, his yacht, and sails her over 4,000 miles. Now John Ryan, his son, is progressing Hollywood film possibilities, John tours and lectures to help others face this terrible disease – little wonder then that the book was renamed for international readers to marvel and enjoy as Outrageous Grace.

As the author notes, those who read the book of this families courage and long-distance sailing will; “travel with us”.
  John_Vaughan | Mar 22, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0979348617, Paperback)

Sailing Grace is the author's account of drowning in heart disease, fighting back to the surface, and sailing on. It begins with him flat on his back in a local health club and ends 31 months and 4000 miles later when he and his family maneuver their sailboat Grace to Schull Harbor, Ireland.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:12:04 -0400)

A truly inspirational story of a man unwilling to give up his dream in the face of massive odds. Beginning flat on his back in a local health club, gasping for breath, the story sees John fighting through repeated heart surgery and heart attacks in between and a journey of over 4000 miles.… (more)

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