Experience this incredible journey with me.
Feel like one of the crew, as I take you to
places you have only dreamed of. I can promise you a lot of laughs, a touch of history and meetings with some incredible people.
Let this book inspire you to think deeply about the dreams you carry in your heart; and help you to believe again that we each have within us exactly what it takes to make those dreams come true.
You might not wish to head off in a sailboat around the World. You might wish to change what is right in front of you. My wish is that these stories of my adventures will give you that extra boost to launch yourself.
It is time to slip our moorings and follow the call of the oceans ..!
When you read about someone sailing around the world, it’s usually a dotcom millionaire or a professional adventurer. "Brave or Stupid" tells a very different story. It’s an Everyman Tale about a middle-aged, seasick electrician - with no money - who suddenly, and for no reason, decides to sail around the world. It’s the story of Yanne Larsson, a man with a dream born not out of a passion for sailing, or a search for identity, or the need for a challenge. This is the story of a simple handshake. One of the old-fashioned iron-clad ones.
A casual suggestion over wine, with best friend Carl Andersson, turns into one of those ideas that just won’t go away. Twenty-four hours later, a handshake decides it.
The little details – buying a boat, learning to sail and saving up money – take five years, but in 2002, the two men leave Helsingborg, Sweden on a three-year voyage that will change them forever. Storms, tropical diseases, drama, love and comedy - their story is an adventure like no other. "Brave or Stupid" is a book for anyone who has ever gone beyond what is sensible and realistic, to discover a whole new world outside and a whole new person inside.
This is a book for anyone who still believes in the power of dreams. And handshakes...
Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite
Brave or Stupid by Tracey Christiansen, Yanne Larsson and Carl-Erik Andersson is a rich narration of how two best friends fulfilled their dream of sailing around the world. Carl and Yanne had been best friends for very many years, and one day they thought of taking a sailing trip around the world. What started out as just a loose idea by Carl soon became a serious goal and the two started planning what would turn out to be the adventure of their lives. For five years, the two planned and prepared, ensuring that they would be absolutely ready for the challenges of the sea. In June 2002, after more than two decades of a solid friendship, they left Sweden and their friends and families behind, and set off to see the world aboard their beloved boat. Their story takes you from island to island, city to city, beach to beach, and all the glory and challenges of the three-year journey. Come along now and enjoy the trip of your life as you see the world through their experiences.
Brave or Stupid by Tracey Christiansen, Yanne Larsson and Carl-Erik Andersson is an amazing story about a journey around the world filled with bravery, inspiration, going after your dreams, and living life to the fullest. The experience each part of the journey gave Carl and Yanne was simply priceless and even the numerous challenges they had to overcome just added to making the journey even more memorable as they moved from one destination to another, taking in life and learning the different cultures and lifestyles along the way. The numerous pictures of the different places they visited added to the beauty of the story, especially the breathtaking images of the islands and the beaches. Their experience is beyond description and reading their story had me thinking that anything is possible; all you have to do is want it badly enough and work towards achieving it. So, Brave or Stupid? I would say brave, definitely brave.
Reviewed in Germany on 16 October 2015
Could I give 6 stars? If you are a sailor or not, you will dream thanks to two exceptional Swedish guys. I have read a lot of books on sailing adventures but this one is at the top. Very funny and very human. You will discover a fantastic world and you will want to do exactly the same thing, take a sailing ship and make a circumnavigation. Congrats and thanks. Skol för Fan!
JUST DO IT.YOU WILL NEVER REGRET IT.
FOLLOW YOUR HEART BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE.
If you would like to learn how to successfully catch man-size-dinner-sized fish when you are powering along in full sail at speeds of between 5 to 7 knots, riding 3 metre high waves – this is the book for you.
Because even the fanciest rod and reel combination in the world cannot cope with a fish on the hook heading off in one direction whilst your boat heads just as determinedly away in the opposite direction.
I lost a top quality reel (cost 1,000 euros) a great rod, and a fair few kilometres of brand new line learning that lesson.
I do believe it was a fish on the hook-end of the line; although the speed with which the line disappeared did make me consider, even briefly, that perhaps I had accidentally hooked a submarine!
1. LOST A LOT OF FISH ?
2. LOST A LOT OF EQUIPMENT ?
3. NO FISH; GOT TIRED OF FISHING ?
4. DO YOU WANT TO BUY REALLY CHEAP FISHING GEAR ?
5. NOT INVEST 1000s OF DOLLARS FOR ROD AND REEL ?
6. UNIQUE TECHNIQUES - TO SAVE YOU A FORTUNE !
These days you will find Yanne at his beautiful Bed and Breakfast, "Rue Galilee", in Marseillan, in the real South of France.
Come and check-out Rue Galilee and talk about dreams,
and circumnavigation, and sailing, face-to-face.
You are Welcome!
My Second Dream ...
...came true, too
This was not everybody's vision of a Top Class B&B ...
... but it is amazing what a healthy level of determination
and a lot of hard work can do!
This New York Times reviewer, said:
"...I discovered one of the most delightful small hotels I've ever found in France."
Alexander Lobrano, August 2019.
my girlfriend, Sara, has an amazing story too
Dream It, Do It … Why Not ?
What do you do when you have moved, alone, to a new country where nobody shares your mother tongue? Well I started talking to my cats, actually, as you can’t ‘phone home every day, and I was beginning to question “If nobody hears your tales, did they really happen?”
As my French tutor observed “Ze chats will not correct your erreurs”. More human conversations were needed – for my sanity as much as for my language skills.
Over-coming my typically British reluctance, forcing myself to step forward and hiding my shyness with a smile, my lips formed “Bonjour, je m’appelle Sara” for the first time since long-gone schooldays. The friendly reply was unintelligible to my ears… but I had made a start.
Embracing new friends, a new culture and a new language I have found my way from a small village in vine-clad hills to a very different town by the sea than the one I left in England. No longer flying solo, in love with a Swede who followed his own route to the sun, I still pinch myself sometimes.
“This is real; here I am.”