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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (159 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tami Oldham Ashcraft Narrator: Tami Oldham Ashcraft Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2002 ISBN: 9780743548304
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A compelling, at times devastating, ultimately inspiring account of how much can go wrong on the ocean and how, miraculously, one person conquered her own fears.

Tami Oldham and her fiancé, Richard Sharp, set sail for Tahiti under brilliant blue skies, and their future together was just as bright. Young and in love, they were both expert sailors who had already seen much of the world and planned to see more.

Twenty days into their journey, Tami and Richard sailed directly into a monumental hurricane. With every ounce of their strength, they battled the elements. Richard tethered himself to the boat and sent Tami below. Seconds after leaving the deck, she heard Richard's terrified scream over the roar of the wind. And then all went black. Red Sky in Mourning is the story of tami Oldham Ashcraft's forty-one-day journey to safety, which she survived through fortitude and sheer stregth of character. The description of her awaking to the boat's capsize -- realizing that Richard had been blown overboard, her motor was shot, and her masts were gone -- is only one of many moments captured with wrenching realism in this dramatic, detailed account.

Even more remarkable, though, is how Tami overcame seemingly insurmountable tragedy, injury, and mechanical failure to navigate herself to safety. Interspersed with flashbacks to her romance with her doomed fiancé, this survival story offers an inspiring reminder that even in our darkest moments we are never truly alone. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Tami’s story will break your heart, then make it whole and fuller than ever…a dramatic story of single-handed survival.” 

    Sail

  • “[Tami’s] remarkable story is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit.” 

    Cruising World

  • “As she recounts her story, Ashcraft emerges as a fiercely independent, strong sailor…the story certainly has enough adrenaline-pumping action to satisfy nautical adventure junkies.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Ashcraft’s inner strength is revealed as she spellbindingly relives those 42 excruciating days navigating the sea-ravaged sailboat while desperately trying to maintain her sanity.” 

    AudioFile

  • “A dramatic debut in which Oldham relates the incredible tale of her sailing into, and surviving, Hurricane Raymond in 1983…A sad story, movingly told.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam Fink | 2/18/2014

    " Good book. Had a hard time reading about the boat jargon and mariner details- but what a remarkable young lady. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thad Gilliam | 2/15/2014

    " Incredible survival story. As an aspiring sailor, I have a new-found fear of mother nature. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen Pence | 1/14/2014

    " A quick and amazing read. Recommended by a friend, this true story is about a woman forced to survive at sea after her fiance is pitched overboard during a Hurricane. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carey | 1/1/2014

    " This woman is truly amazing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 12/10/2013

    " This book was so interesting. Love true life survival books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Barker | 11/23/2013

    " Pretty good, sad though. I finished it in one week, so kind of a short read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 10/26/2013

    " Heart-breakingly sad but very good. Pick it up if you're not afraid of sailing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Loretta Matson | 10/22/2013

    " I listened to the audiobook, read by the author. Professional actors are better at reading, but this story is so gripping I could hardly turn it off. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 9/23/2013

    " I couldn't put this book down, but it really could have used a detailed illustration of the boat. There was so much sailing jargon that it was often difficult to visualize what she was doing. There was a glossary, but I needed a visual, as I know nothing about sailing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anastasia | 8/7/2013

    " Interesting story, but the writing was such that I had to give it 2 stars. Still, the author makes a strong case for women being as competent as men in whatever realm they find themselves. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bruce | 3/7/2013

    " Harrowing tale of woe. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa | 11/16/2012

    " Very good. She lives in the PNW now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim George | 1/24/2012

    " This lady is very brave, a true survivor. The book reinforces the necessity of knowing navigation if you are going to cross the oceans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 11/9/2011

    " I remember seeing this woman interviewed on a news program shortly after her ordeal and I thought how tragic it was. When I saw her book in the library I had to read it. So amazing she survived! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 11/2/2011

    " A well-written account of a life-changing event. The author's experiences are hair-raising, as well as beautiful. I had a hard time putting this down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monica | 9/15/2011

    " I liked it, but it was kind of a skimmer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jette | 9/11/2011

    " True story of survival--and I had the opportunity to meet the author in person! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melody Eads | 7/8/2011

    " Very good story. Well written and keeps you interested. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jww | 3/16/2011

    " A poorly written account of a tragedy at sea. Melodramatic in the extreme and repetitive to the point of nausea. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 11/22/2010

    " This lady is very brave, a true survivor. The book reinforces the necessity of knowing navigation if you are going to cross the oceans. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 3/25/2010

    " I couldn't put this book down, but it really could have used a detailed illustration of the boat. There was so much sailing jargon that it was often difficult to visualize what she was doing. There was a glossary, but I needed a visual, as I know nothing about sailing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melody | 2/5/2010

    " Very good story. Well written and keeps you interested. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 10/29/2009

    " This book was so interesting. Love true life survival books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa | 8/22/2009

    " Very good. She lives in the PNW now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 7/15/2009

    " Heart-breakingly sad but very good. Pick it up if you're not afraid of sailing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 2/20/2009

    " Very good, brave woman who overcame the grief of losing her fiance in a hurricane to beat the odds and survive for over a month at sea alone on limited food and water. Amzing tale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 10/21/2008

    " Pretty good, sad though. I finished it in one week, so kind of a short read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 7/2/2008

    " A well-written account of a life-changing event. The author's experiences are hair-raising, as well as beautiful. I had a hard time putting this down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jette | 4/11/2008

    " True story of survival--and I had the opportunity to meet the author in person! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 2/2/2008

    " A quick and amazing read. Recommended by a friend, this true story is about a woman forced to survive at sea after her fiance is pitched overboard during a Hurricane. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 KIM | 6/22/2007

    " I remember seeing this woman interviewed on a news program shortly after her ordeal and I thought how tragic it was. When I saw her book in the library I had to read it. So amazing she survived! "

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About the Author
Tami Oldham Ashcraft, who speaks fluently about her experiences, continues to be an avid sailor and is a 100-ton licensed captain with over 50,000 offshore miles. She lives in Friday Harbor, Washington.