Tami Oldham Ashcraft
Adrift: A True Story of Love, Loss and Survival at Sea

Adrift: A True Story of Love, Loss and Survival at Sea
Susea McGearhart

Tami Oldham Ashcraft


A compelling, at times devastating, ultimately inspiring account of how much can go wrong on the ocean and how, miraculously, one woman conquered her own fears.

‘An inspirational and empowering read’ Shailene Woodley

Young and in love, their lives ahead of them, Tami Oldham and her fiancé Richard Sharp set sail from Tahiti under brilliant blue skies, with Tami’s hometown of San Diego as their ultimate destination. But the two free spirits and avid sailors couldn’t anticipate that less than two weeks into their voyage, they would sail directly into one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history. They found themselves battling pounding rain, waves the size of skyscrapers, and 140 knot winds. Richard tethered himself to the boat and sent Tami below to safety, and then all went eerily quiet. Hours later, Tami awakened to find the boat in ruins, and Richard nowhere in sight.

Adrift is the story of Tami’s miraculous forty-one-day journey to safety on a ravaged boat with no motor and no masts, and with little hope for rescue. It’s a tale of love and survival on the high seas– an unforgettable story about resilience of the human spirit, and the transcendent power of love.

Previously published as Red Sky in Mourning


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This eBook first published in Great Britain by William Collins in 2018

Originally published as Red Sky in Mourning in 2002 by Hyperion

First published in the United States by Dey St, an imprint of William Morrow, HarperCollins Publishers, in 2018

Copyright © 2018 by Tami Oldham Ashcraft.

New afterword copyright © 2018 by Tami Oldham Ashcraft

Tami Oldham Ashcraft asserts the moral right to be identified as the author of this work

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Source ISBN: 9780008300425

Ebook Edition © May 2018 ISBN: 9780008299569

Version: 2018-05-16

Dedication (#ulink_adb15c79-232c-5e03-a8de-a2657fcaff07)

To the memory of my grandfather Wally J. Oldham,

the solid foundation in my life,

and to Richard Sharp . . .

who will live in my heart forever.


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One: On the Firing Line (#ulink_c87f1aa8-4895-510a-bdc3-9342da0252a6)

Two: 1300 to 1600 Hours (#ulink_68d26427-cee2-517d-abd9-1c6c18c5e8fa)

Three: Coming To (#ulink_cb5d469b-b395-5da6-a059-17d987813253)

Four: Sinking (#ulink_cbf53353-679f-5806-a7df-b082fb90ed4e)

Five: Currents and Drift (#litres_trial_promo)

Six: Jury Rig (#litres_trial_promo)

Seven: Time on My Hands (#litres_trial_promo)

Eight: Water Above, Water Below (#litres_trial_promo)

Nine: A Ship and a Gooseneck (#litres_trial_promo)

Ten: La Cascade (#litres_trial_promo)

Eleven: Hinanos and Cigars (#litres_trial_promo)

Twelve: Machetes and Eels (#litres_trial_promo)