As someone with sailing experience, I found the Silverwood family's true life adventurecaptivating.I was particularly taken with the candid revelations that Jean Silverwood, the wife and mother of the family acknowledged.Admitting her doubts and fears about participating in what was essentially her husband's obsessive dream trip showed devotion and courage beyond the pale.Taking one's young children on a world sailing cruise, regardless of its experiential potential, shows an unshakable faith in destiny, as well as an enduring self-confidence.I'm not sure if those without sailing experience will be as moved as I was by this book but in addition to the nearly tragic and exciting outcome, they may appreciate that the story becomes a virtual primer on sailing terms and techniques as well as a basic handbook, on what to do and what not to do, for the ultimate sailing experience.