A bike messenger in New York City, 18-year-old Tania Aebi was spinning her wheels. Her father made her an offer: he would pay for college or buy her a 26-foot sloop. In 1983, with scant experience and no GPS, she set sail with her cat, and returned to New York 21/2 years later as the ﬁrst American woman (and youngest sailor to date) to circumnavigate the globe. Aebi’s book chronicles the wonders and dangers she encountered along the way—from the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef to the terror of a tanker collision in the Mediterranean—and the insights that would forever change her life on land. Paperback; 320 pages.