Come Sail With Me: A real-life adventure book by Wendy Leo-Smith

Come sail with me book coverCome Sail With Me

Real-Life Adventure Book!


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 in this real-life adventure 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 real-life 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?

"Come Sail With Me" is my journal book, with some flashbacks to our pasts. Each chapter is a new adventure, either on the open ocean or in a variety of vibrant but deadly cosmopolitan cities and remote anchorages where we made Zingara our home.

With Rory at the helm, it quickly became apparent there wasn't going to be many dull moments and, at times, I am embarrassed to admit to the amount of humorous and precarious escapades we got ourselves into.

Even as an experienced offshore sailor, I was surprised at how different each passage of our eventual 5 years, 13,500-mile Atlantic voyage was. Either ourselves, Zingara or Mother Nature offering something entirely unique from being spellbound bound by the spectacular sea-life to petrified by the elements, and everything bizarre in between.

A few months in we did succumb to taking on a new crew member to help with the long, lonely night watches, Bella, the feisty feral kitten. Bella quickly became the life and soul of Zingara, and her antics alone could be a book..that cat definitely had nine lives!

I hope you enjoy this tiny bit of us,

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 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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