John Kretschmer is sailing's practical philosopher – as much a doer as a thinker. And that is the overarching theme of this chronicle of a sailing life. Often amusing, sometimes poignant, occasionally terrifying but always inspiring, his deeply personal account is a welcome reminder of the good life waiting at sea.
With hundreds of thousands of nautical miles under his keel, John's adventures have taken him several times around the world, with challenging crossings of the Atlantic and the Pacific, a narrow escape from a coup in Yemen, an unlikely deliverance from a coral reef off Belize as well as more serene, introspective passages where trade winds are blowing and stories are flowing. His crew has included CEOs, actors, writers, teachers, kids – in essence, everyone.
John's narrative is interwoven with practical tips and advice in seamanship, but also, and just as importantly, his hard-won insights about making the most of our lives. He truly believes we find out who we really are, and what we are capable of, far from the shackles of land, when we find a place where time changes shape – days may merge into one another, but minutes are memorable.
To live adventurously is to live more fully, and that is the life John Kretschmer continues to live. In this book he shares his simple profundities that will inspire those who live to sail, and those seeking something more rewarding from life.
“A remarkable and very enjoyable cocktail of blue water, action and wisdom. Kretschmer is a fine writer and an inspiration.” —Tristan Gooley
"It is often amusing, poignant, terrifying and inspiring all in one, offering riveting accounts of his adventures around the world, from crossing the Atlantic and the Pacific to a narrow escape from a coup in Yemen." - Trips to Discover
"Sailing to the Edge of Time is amusing, poignant, terrifying and inspiring all in one, offering riveting accounts of [the author's] adventures around the world, from crossing the Atlantic and the Pacific to a narrow escape from a coup in Yemen." - Charity de Souza, Trips to Discover: Best Travel Books of 2020
"A remarkable and very enjoyable cocktail of blue water, action and wisdom. Kretschmer is a fine writer and an inspiration." - Tristan Gooley
"[A] poignant, yet relatable tale … Kretschmer tells an insightful and quietly triumphant story." - Sail Magazine
"[E]vocative and profound … indispensable … fascinating … A must-have for any sailor’s library." - The Florida Times Union
" ''Kretch' as his friends call him is a successful businessman, a compelling lecturer and raconteur and a splendid writer. This new book reminds me of Joseph Conrad’s first book The Mirror of the Sea, which was a memoir from his life as a ship captain and a refection on what a life at sea can teach an observant and thoughtful person. Kretch just may by our own modern-day Conrad, which in my book is no small thing. If you love sailing, life and good writing, you’ll enjoy Sailing to the Edge of Time." - Blue Water Sailing
"Kretschmer’s style as a storyteller is well defined, but in Sailing to the Edge of Time, readers will find hints of a new side of the sailor, one that contemplates bigger questions." - Sailing Magazine
"Filled with all the adventure one expects from someone who has sailed around the world, it is also a poignant and inspirational account of how to live your life to the fullest. Kretschmer is not only a sailor; he’s a philosopher, and if you’re at all interested in thinking as deep as the ocean, this book is perfect for you." - Travel Pulse