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FROM THE KIRKUS REVIEW: "As a writer, Damato makes his rehabilitation of the craft surprisingly interesting . . . his
pithy prose keeps the story speeding along."
Do you have a dream to pursue but everyone says it’s unrealistic? Or that you’re not qualified? Too old, too out of
shape? Or you don’t have the “right experience?”
Glenn Damato was a forty-one year old software instructor who sought to exceed the bounds of his comfortable but
humdrum existence. He embarked on an adventure for which he was miserably unprepared. Why do this? The goal was to
become something he was not.
The “something” Damato strived to become was an ocean sailing skipper. Overweight and without boating experience of
any kind, he decided to pursue his lifelong dream of sailing around the world on his own vessel.
Reckless? Dangerous? Idiotic? Call it what you will, Damato was determined to make the voyage a reality despite the
Suddenly without the familiar security of his previous life, Damato was forced to conquer his anxieties while at the
same time surviving the hazards and challenges of offshore sailing. As his experience and confidence mounts, he
discovers he has indeed undergone a personal transformation – one quite different than he originally hoped, and in some
ways worthier than he imagined.
Breaking Seas is a tale of ocean voyaging, but it’s not just about sailing: the all-encompassing themes are rejection
and disappointment – and our common human quest to get the most out of life despite being born into an imperfect
Part sailing adventure, part philosophical pilgrimage, Breaking Seas is for everyone who’s ever wanted to embark on an
enterprise of some kind despite not meeting society’s expected “qualifications.”
“This is a story about our desire to be elsewhere, reborn and enhanced, because here and now are not enough," says
Damato. "But don’t expect a sugar-coated fairy tale with just what you want to hear. I promise you an honest story