Come Sail With Me - The Book

“This book will entertain and inspire both sailors and non sailors alike so put your feet up and set sail with Wendy!” Pete Goss MBE


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Come sail with me book coverCome Sail With Me


At 42, Wendy did precisely that, packing her life into one hold-all and setting sail for Brazil with only Rory on his 42" ocean racing yacht.

The romantic dream quickly becomes a harsh reality as Rory and Wendy let the ropes go and sail over the horizon. Endless battles with ships, the weather, and the myriad of bizarre things that go wrong on a yacht leave their nerves is tatters, and that is only the first few days. The prospect of landfall in exotic, far-flung destinations brings unbridled joy, but what really awaits them?

A once-in-a-lifetime adventure like this could expose Rory and Wendy to many dangers including hurricanes, pirates and dismasting but, surely, they wouldn't have to survive them all?

wendy leo smithAbout Wendy Leo-Smith

“Fate took my ordinary life into uncharted waters”

Wendy, a farmer's daughter from Devon, worked at a high street bank for 20 years, during when she discovered the joys of sailing, which remains her passion to this day.

Our Yacht ZingaraThe Yacht - 'Zingara'

Sailing a racing yacht, just two up, tests their endurance to beyond the limit. leaving them in mortal danger more than once.

Map Of The Atlantic VoyageThe Route

Every leg of the 13,500 mile voyage offered something entirely different - from being spellbound by the spectacular sea life to petrified by the elements!

Gallery ScreenshotDestinations

Their five year adventure takes them way off the beaten track and Wendy brings to life the vibrant, but deadly cities, and remote communities that they make their home.

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Testimonials / Reviews

peter gossThis book will entertain and inspire both sailors and non sailors alike

I’ve always said to my kids that if you just keep saying ‘yes' you’ll have a fulfilling life packed with adventures, good people and life long memories. Wendy’s book is testament to this as she takes you on her own life affirming adventure with alls its ups and downs. This book will entertain and inspire both sailors and non sailors alike so put your feet up and set sail with Wendy and her lovely way with words.

Pete Goss MBE is a British yachtsman who has sailed more than 250,000 nautical miles (460,000 km). He is a former Royal Marine famous for his pioneering project Team Philips. He was invested in the Legion d'Honneur for saving fellow sailor Raphaël Dinelli in the 1996 Vendée Globe solo around the world yacht race. During a severe storm in the Southern Ocean, he turned his boat around and spent two days sailing into hurricane-force winds, finally finding Dinelli in a life-raft that had been dropped by an Australian Air Force plane shortly before the yacht had sunk. Dinelli is said to have come aboard clutching a bottle of champagne. He trained the original set of amateur crews for the British Steel Challenge, and competed in the race on board Hoffbräu Lager, coming 3rd overall.

Pete Goss MBE Wikipedia

 A Very True Account

Having sailed around the world, short handed, I can relate to the well described account of ocean sailing. I enjoyed Wendy's style of writing and her honesty of both the good and bad times. A good read.


You don't need to be a sailor to enjoy this

You don't need to be sailor to enjoy this book. The adventure comes across as amazing, frightening, exhausting but worth doing. Brilliantly written Wendy I have thoroughly enjoyed this book. Well worth a read.

Trudi Dorman

Easy read, great story, would be superbly beneficial to other sailors or want to be sailors.

Really enjoyed reading this book, it is well written and full of description, fun, drama and giggle in between. An awesome adventure that is well documented and detailed enough to be useful to fellow sailors. Sometimes hard to believe it is a true story!

C. Link

An Unusual Perspective

Another series of sailing adventures- including some personal thoughts and experiences to fill in the regular itinerary report. Some honest recounting of the pitfalls endured and I admired the guts of the crew to venture off the beaten track to some fascinating and sometimes dangerous destinations.


What a fantastic journey, what a book!

A must read. The highs the lows and everything in-between. You can feel every wave, emotion as if you were there traveling with them. What a fantastic voyage, once in a lifetime experience they must have had. Fantastic information for future travellers too, It makes you want to take to the helm yourself. If you haven't read it yet don't hesitate.

Steve Cliff

Couldn’t put it down

Not a book that I would normally read, but I really enjoyed every page. I particularly revelled in the excellent descriptions of the many and varied places visited, which transported you to them.

Jean Hurford

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