Douglas Arvidson is a past winner of the WICE/Paris Transcontinental International Short Story competition. His short fiction has been published in Paris, Prague, and in literary magazines in the United States and he was recently invited to be a staff writer for the Prague Revue, a cutting-edge, online literary journal ( The novels in his fantasy series, The Eye of the Eye of Stallion, include The Face in Amber, The Mirrors of Castaway Time, and A Drop of Wizard's Blood. His new novel, Brothers of the Fire Star, was selected as a finalist in the ForeWord Reviews 2012 Book of the Year national awards and as a finalist in three categories in the 2013 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards: Action Adventure Fiction, Historical Fiction, and Young Adult Fiction. It has become part of the pantheon of Pacific literature and is now included in school literature programs. Brothers of the Fire Star is an adventure story set in the Pacific during World War II and concerns two boys of different races and cultures who escape the island of Guam in a small sailboat when the Japanese army invades. They must then struggle to survive as they master the secrets of the ancient Pacific navigators. Appropriate for young adults as well as adult readers, Brothers of the Fire Star is available on Barnes & Noble, ( and Visit the author's website:

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Back on the Boat: Tomorrow We're Off to Get Seawind

Master navigator Manny Sikau paints a canoe hull (Guam)

Tomorrow is the day. After nearly two months of waiting, the boat should be ready. Bro John arrived this morning and we'll be off early to drive up to the upper Delaware Bay in New Jersey, get Seawind back in the water, and finish the cruise that started in outer Long Island at the beginning of June.

We'll head down the Cohansey River and out into the Delaware. It's about 20 miles up the river/bay to the C&D Canal (Chesapeake and Delaware) and once we enter that, we'll be heading down home stretch. If things go well, we could be finished in four or five days. If things go well. But this is a boat. There is weather (thunder storms) to consider and mechanical things and the wind tends to blow from the southwest, up the Bay and in the wrong direction for us.

But still, that's what it all about. A sailboat is, at its best, a platform for adventure and we've embraced this idea fully for the last 29 years. Cruising the Chesapeake has been on my bucket list for a long time.
The picture above was taken on Guam. Manny Sikau, the master navigator from the island of Puluwat, is sitting in the thatched canoe house painting the hull of a hand-carved small proa or canoe. This canoe is used for ceremonies. My next book, The Spirit of the Voyage, concerns sailing/navigating in the islands of Micronesia.

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