Troubled teen and school dropout Tania Aebi was 18 when she slipped the lines of her 26-foot sloop Varuna off a New York dock and set out for a 2 and a half year round-the-world sailing trip. Maiden Voyage is her story - a true coming of age journey that would see her sail trough flat calms and monstrous storms, grow up into an entirely different person altogether and meet the man she will eventually marry. In turn heartbreaking or joyful, memories of childhood traumas, great personal losses and inspiring new friendships collide throughout the book, all contributing in their own particular way to the metamorphosis. Seeing the world through the eyes of this gutsy young lady certainly can readjust your perspective on life. A refreshing and most inspiring read.