Love With a Chance of Drowning: A Memoir
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Love can make a person do crazy things. . . A city girl with a morbid fear of deep water, Torre DeRoche is not someone you would ordinarily find adrift in the middle of the stormy Pacific aboard a leaky sail boat – total crew of two – struggling to keep an old boat, a new relationship and her floundering sanity afloat. But when she meets Ivan, a handsome Argentinian man with a humble sail boat and a dream to set off exploring the world, Torre has to face a hard decision: watch the man she's in love with sail away forever, or head off on the watery journey with him. Suddenly the choice seems simple. She gives up her sophisticated city life, faces her fear of water (and tendency towards seasickness) and joins her lover on a year-long voyage across the Pacific. Set against a backdrop of the world's most beautiful and remote destinations, Love with a Chance of Drowning is a sometimes hilarious, often moving and always breathtakingly brave memoir that proves there are...
May at the latest.’ I duck back into the boat to tend to the pancakes. ‘So once you get to French Polynesia, how many days does it take to get between islands?’ ‘It depends where you’re going, but usually a few days, maybe a week at the most.’ 58 Love with a Chance of Drowning_INSIDES.indd 58 22/05/2013 12:34:29 LOVE WITH A CHANCE OF DROWNING That’s not so bad, I think. Getting to Catalina was six hours and that was easy. A few days couldn’t be that much harder. ‘So where will you go first?’
which makes me think that—’ ‘You shouldn’t worry. We’re not going to sink. It’s not going to happen.’ ‘Why do you keep saying that? You don’t know that for sure.’ ‘We just won’t.’ ‘But how do you know that?’ ‘We just won’t!’ ‘You don’t know that!’ After a long standoff, Ivan releases a tired breath. ‘Okay. We’ll get a ditch kit, if it makes you feel comfortable.’ He comes and sits beside me and pulls me into a make-up hug. I smile weakly and hug back, while I fix my eyes on the long checklist of
gags. I feel the waves change direction beneath us as Ivan swings back to the marina, which is less than a mile away. We turn the corner of the breakwater and the seas flatten. I hear the squawk of gulls and the clank of boats in their slips. My nausea settles and I’m flooded with a deep affection for land. I wipe my tears, wash out my mouth and swallow the burning taste in my throat, feeling somewhat less inspired about this whole sailing idea than I was an hour ago. In the cockpit, Ivan
‘Right. So as I’ve said twice now, I’m uncomfortable prescribing you dangerous drugs you don’t need.’ 91 Love with a Chance of Drowning_INSIDES.indd 91 22/05/2013 12:34:31 TORRE DEROCHE ‘Adrenalin, or epinephrine, is used to treat an anaphylactic attack,’ Ivan says, reciting information we learned in our course. ‘Anaphylactic shock can be brought on by asthma, food, medication or the venom from a bite or a sting. A severe reaction can cause the airway to swell, which could quickly lead to
awaiting fish go crazy, thrashing in the water over the food. ‘Check that out. They’re cannibals.’ ‘This place is teeming with fish,’ I say. ‘Finally, baby, we can have fresh fish for every meal!’ That evening, as I sit alone on deck after a satisfying day, I relax and watch the brilliant orange sunset. Turbulent splashes of water just off the boat catch my attention and I jump up to investigate. Our gilled companions are in a feeding frenzy. Strange, I think, we haven’t thrown them any food, so