Red Sky In Mourning - The True Story of a Woman's Courage and Survival at Sea
Tami Oldham Ashcraft
Biographies & Memoirs
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.