New York Times Bestseller
The heart-stopping memoir, soon to be a major motion picture starring Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin, and directed by Baltasar Kormákur (Everest).
“An inspirational and empowering read.”—Shailene Woodley
Young and in love, their lives ahead of them, Tami Oldham and her fiancé Richard Sharp set sail from Tahiti under brilliant blue skies, with Tami’s hometown of San Diego as their ultimate destination. But the two free spirits and avid sailors couldn’t anticipate that less than two weeks into their voyage, they would sail directly into one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history. They found themselves battling pounding rain, waves the size of skyscrapers, and 140 knot winds. Richard tethered himself to the boat and sent Tami below to safety, and then all went eerily quiet. Hours later, Tami awakened to find the boat in ruins, and Richard nowhere in sight.
Adrift is the story of Tami’s miraculous forty-one-day journey to safety on a ravaged boat with no motor and no masts, and with little hope for rescue. It’s a tale of love and survival on the high seas-- an unforgettable story about resilience of the human spirit, and the transcendent power of love.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
This true survival story will have you fluttering with fear, whooping with joy, and pledging to never, ever set foot on a boat again. Tami Oldham Ashcraft’s memoir chronicling her harrowing 41 days adrift at sea is a testament to her force of character and courage. It reads like an adventure novel; we follow our heroine as she battles impossible odds to survive, armed only with her smarts and a handful of broken tools. Despite plenty of heartbreaking moments, Adrift is gorgeous and life-affirming.
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Alert! Spoilers. Ifirst watched the movie Adrift as I love the ocean,boating, and survival stories. This young woman was 23 and living independently supporting herself and following an ambitious dream. She met and fell in love with a seemingly wonderful man who she had known for a fairly short time. She did not continue a writing career. Her coauthor is a writer in the area of sailing etc. The story is about a young woman’s horror at losing her fiancé in a hurricane and her subsequent survival due to her excellent sailing skills. If you don’t like romantic gushing stories about young lost love don’t read this. It is not the worst case of survival at sea. She had more resources than people in rafts and less danger from things like sharks. But it is remarkable and heroic It has a lot of introspection and emotion. If you don’t like this it is not a book for you. It is an inspiring true story of love, loss, and survival at sea. It is an honor and legacy to the life of Richard Sharp also too young to lose his life
Excellently written & Fascinating
Loved this book (and the movie) and had a hard time putting it down.
IFirst of all I saw the movie and wanted to know more. I was thrilled that the book was available. This book truly reflects about love,life and loss. Tami is an incredible person, I don’t think I would have survived what she went thru. Her will was amazing. I am glad she made it and that she found love again.