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July 2: Talk by Tami Ashcraft - ADRIFT: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Survival at Sea

If you’ve seen the jaw-dropping movie, Adrift, Tami Oldham Ashcraft’s story of her incredible passage to safety after a 41-day ordeal alone on a sailboat barely afloat after being pounded and wrecked by hurricane force winds, you’ll want to be at the San Juan Island Library on Monday, July 2, 7:00 pm for a program sponsored by Griffin Bay Bookstore and the Library.

You’ll have the chance to hear Tami talk about her survival, the movie, and the book Adrift, originally published as Red Sky in Mourning. Adrift is the story of Tami Oldham Ashcraft's survival through fortitude and sheer strength of character. Interspersed with flashbacks to her romance with her doomed fiancé Richard, this survival story offers an inspiring reminder that even in our darkest moments we are never truly alone.

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 recounts 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.

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

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