Book: Path of Three Hundred by Greg Fruccicategories: Book, Transformation, Spirituality, Change, Peace, Self Help, Healing, Life Path, Nature, Bermuda, Open Ocean Sailing Adventure
Greg Frucciabout this book: "Path of Three Hundred" is an open ocean sailing adventure by a human who just wanted to strip away all that was comfortable in Life and challenge himself in a search for Peace and Home. Find out what he was made of within his core. It is a novel devoted to an Inner Path...a Path we all have and feel from time to time.
I felt compelled to write the book because of the transformation of self while being at sea through the physical challenges I faced while alone. "Improvise, Adapt and Overcome" was the mantra of my father and it was that phrase taught to me from my youth that kept me strong while alone at sea. There is no place to "pull over" out there, nor is there anyone to take the helm so that I could rest when tired or hungry. Eight days of sailing to get to Bermuda and nine days of sailing back to Wilmington. I experienced storms, the Bermuda Triangle and beautiful wonders of Nature unlike anything I can ever remember. The last full day at sea on the way back, a huge pod of dolphins stayed with me for hours as if to welcome me home.
The illustrations in the book are by the artist, Katherine Gerardi. She and I have never met in person, yet she has been able to channel the story through her artwork. From time to time, I would send her drawing I sketched and photographs from video I took while at sea, or photographs from others and she would send me back amazing creations. This Co-Creative artistic process illustrates the story in a way I could not have accomplished alone. She has been a gem to work with. In some ways, the book is both written and painted.
As I wrote the book, I became a hermit. Going to work at my "normal job", coming home to my sailboat where I live with my dog, Lucky, walking him and writing. Waking up the next day to write and repeat the process...for six months. I began writing the story of the adventure in the first person, however something about the story was a bit dry. I had been reading Paulo Coehlo's books and love the storytelling way in which he writes, so I made a creative decision to write in the third person. I even changed most of the character names including my own. An interesting thing happened in the process. While I was writing what other people were saying about this man, Petah (me), I began to feel those others and become them. Specifically one chapter, "...day Three to the East..." where I was battling an intense Gale Storm, people were freaking out on land as they could see me sail into the middle of the storm...something I did not know at the time. As I wrote what I was told by those others, I could feel their anxiety as I felt the anxiety of the sailor at sea...wild.
I loved the process of writing "Path of Three Hundred" for so many reasons, but the one which sticks in my mind now is being able to keep fresh the images of sailing across the open ocean. The beauty of out there is quite special...a place which will always draw me into it's core.
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