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Book Details
  • Genre: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • SubGenre: Adventurers & Explorers
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 432

Brave or Stupid

by Tracey Christiansen

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Overview

The unlikely tale of a seasick electrician with no money who sailed around the world. This is the true story of Yanne Larsson and Carl Andersson and their three year voyage of discovery. Yet,the idea stuck and twenty-four hours later, the two had an iron-clad agreement: a handshake. The little details –buying a boat, learning to sail and saving up money – took five years, but in 2002, the two men left Helsingborg, Sweden on a three-year voyage that would 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…

Description

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-fashion 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...

About the author

Tracey Christiansen

After travelling the globe for 25 years, British born Tracey Christiansen settled in Sweden with a Danish husband. Having unpacked the boxes from her numerous sojourns and hung the curtains, she decided to concentrate on writing full-time. To date, she’s translated and published numerous articles and short stories for a variety of publications and was just putting the finishing touches to her first novel when Yanne and Carl asked her to write their story in English. After being plied with copious glasses of wine, it seems she agreed.

When not being a run-off-her-feet mother, chauffeur of two girls, caretaker to one cat and mostly uncomplaining wife, she enjoys reading, napping on the sofa and embarrassing her teenage daughters by dancing in public.

Janne “Yanne” Larsson

Was born and raised in Helsingborg, Sweden, across the water from Hamlet’s Elsinore Castle. Yet, he rarely made the 20 minute ferry crossing due to seasickness. Yanne is a strong believer in the power of dreams and his perseverance has taken him on a rollercoaster ride from electrician to businessman to world sailor and back.

In 2002, he left Helsingborg to sail around the world with his best friend Calle Andersson, who, like him, originally had no sailing experience.

He is on his third marriage and his third career.

And he isn’t even a rock star.

Calle Andersson

Born in Eslöv, Sweden, Calle started as an electrician, but his talent for mathematics soon took him to higher studies in electrical engineering. He eventually worked his way up to Managing Director of Peab’s electrical division. Since then he has had a long career of management positions at major energy companies.

Calle is well-liked wherever he goes, especially in northern Australia and Scotland where his karaoke version of My Way has become part of the local folklore. On the three-year voyage around the world, he showed a natural ability for stowing large quantities of wine. Even though he did his military serviced as an elite commando he did the dishes onboard for three years without complaining. (Yanne did the cooking.)

For better or worse, Calle is known for being 100% honest and 150% stubborn.

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