In this harrowing true account, Gordon Cook, his wife Mary, and their children, Jonathan and Suzanne, set sail in July 1976 from Plymouth, England, to recreate Captain James Cook's round-the-world voyage. With their boat, Wavewalker, and two crew members, Larry Vigil and Herb Seigler, they aimed to complete a three-year, 105,000-kilometer journey.
The first leg of the trip took them down the west coast of Africa to Cape Town. From there, they ventured into the southern Indian Ocean, where they encountered continuous gales and gigantic waves. Despite the rough seas, the family celebrated Christmas and New Year's Day aboard the Wavewalker.
On January 2nd, the weather took a turn for the worse, and the family faced a massive wave that nearly capsized their boat. Gordon found himself overboard but was saved by his lifeline. The boat suffered extensive damage, with broken timbers and water filling the vessel.
The family worked tirelessly to pump out the water, make repairs, and keep the boat afloat. They faced numerous setbacks, including damaged pumps, lost equipment, and Suzanne's head injury. Despite their bleak situation, they maintained hope and determination, focusing on reaching the nearby islands of Ile Amsterdam and Ile Saint-Paul.
With limited navigational tools, Gordon calculated their course and aimed for Ile Amsterdam. As the family faced another storm, their love and unity gave them the strength to endure. Miraculously, they spotted the island just in time and reached its shores, where they were welcomed by the local inhabitants.
The story of the Cook family's voyage is a testament to their courage, resilience, and the unbreakable bond that carried them through adversity. Their adventure serves as a powerful reminder of the strength of the human spirit and the power of love in the face of overwhelming challenges.