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When you read about someone sailing around the world, it’s usually a dotcom millionaire or a professional adventurer. “Brave or Stupid” tells a very different story. It’s an Everyman Tale about a middle-aged, seasick electrician – with no money – who suddenly, and for no reason, decides to sail around the world. It’s the story of Yanne Larsson, a man with a dream born not out of a passion for sailing, or a search for identity, or the need for a challenge. This is the story of a simple handshake. One of the old-fashioned iron-clad ones.
A casual suggestion over wine, with best friend Carl Andersson, turns into one of those ideas that just won’t go away. Twenty-four hours later, a handshake decides it.
The little details – buying a boat, learning to sail and saving up money – take five years, but in 2002, the two men leave Helsingborg, Sweden on a three-year voyage that will change them forever. Storms, tropical diseases, drama, love and comedy – their story is an adventure like no other. “Brave or Stupid” is a book for anyone who has ever gone beyond what is sensible and realistic, to discover a whole new world outside and a whole new person inside.
This is a book for anyone who still believes in the power of dreams. And handshakes…