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 less than two weeks into their voyage, disaster struck. Despite their best efforts to steer clear of an approaching hurricane, they became trapped in the storm’s path, and 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. Tami’s last memory was her fiancé’s scream, followed by darkness. She awoke hours later, alone, venturing on deck to discover only Richard’s safety line, the clasp meant to hold him broken.
Adrift is the story of Tami’s miraculous forty-one-day journey to safety on a ravaged boat with no motor and no masts, sustained by Richard’s memory to guide her. It’s an unforgettable tale of love, loss, and survival on the high seas, and an inspiring reminder that even in our darkest moments, we are never truly alone.
About the author
Tami Oldham Ashcraft speaks frequently about her experiences and continues to be an avid sailor. She is a hundred-ton licensed captain who has logged more than 50,000 offshore miles, and lives with her husband and family in Friday Harbor, Washington.
‘I find myself moved to awe-inspired tears over and over again by Tami’s story. Quite simply, she is a living example of how the power of love and the sheer will of belief can move any mountain. It’s an inspirational and empowering read’ Shailene Woodley
‘A thrilling read‘ Daily Telegraph
‘Her story is as gripping an adventure as you could possibly read‘ Daily Mail
‘Incredible … This gripping story of survival against the odds is an inspiring account of the will to live‘ Daily Express
‘Call this book life-affirming, a saga of human survival, a tale of loss and victory, proof of the resilience of the human spirit—it’s any of those and all of them … it grabs your heart and tweaks your spirit’ BookPage
‘Ashcraft emerges as a fiercely independent, strong sailor… the story certainly has enough adrenaline-pumping action to satisfy nautical adventure junkies’ Publishers Weekly
‘Amazing but true story of tragedy and survival at sea’ Ladies’ Home Journal
‘Heart-warming and heart-wrenching’ Los Angeles Daily News