In the Mail: Into My Father's Wake

Into My Father’s Wake by Erick Best

“Into My Father’s Wake” records the 5000-mile solo sail of journalist Eric Best as he struggles to come to terms with a recent divorce, solitude at sea and the impact of his powerful father in his life.

This personal adventure is a beautifully written and often poetic journey of a man sailing a 40-foot-ketch from San Francisco to Hawaii and back for the first time, testing his competence as a small-boat sailor and his tolerance for fear and physical exhaustion while issues in his life continue to dog him.

While Mr. Best’s realistic account of solo navigation should appeal to sailors everywhere – particularly those contemplating such an adventure at sea – his accompanying story of self-discovery will lend valuable insight to anyone trying to understand family origins and the influence of powerful individuals in our lives.


Kevin Holtsberry
I work in communications and public affairs. I try to squeeze in as much reading as I can while still spending time with my wife and two kids (and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Michigan Wolverines during football season).

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