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Come and hear Will Sofrin’s talk about his book, All Hands on Deck. 
A thrilling account of the eventful and sometimes terrifying delivery of the tall ship Rose, from Bridgeport Connecticut to California, so that it could appear in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.
Includes a welcome drink and 2-course meal
18:00 – Welcome Drink
18:30 – Will Sofrin
19:30 – 2-Course Meal
The Quarter Final of the Rugby World Cup will be played after dinner in the Member’s Bar.



We have an amazing speaker, Will Sofrin, the author of All Hands on Deck: A Modern-Day High Seas Adventure to the Far Side of the World, a memoir about his experience sailing the American tall ship Rose a replica of an 18th century Royal Navy frigate  from Newport, RI, to San Diego, CA, to make the film Master and Commander: Far Side of the World. My publisher is Abrams Press, and the book will be released on April 18, 2023. What makes the presentation so unique is his ability to describe the first-hand experience while showing actual film footage taken during the journey. It was an intense passage as they sailed through hurricane conditions and dismasted a full-rigged ship under full sail in the middle of the Caribbean Sea.

Here is a link to a video trailer showing some of the compelling film footage shot onboard.

About my book:

In the late 1990s, Patrick O’Brian’s multimillion-copy-selling historical novel series—the AubreyMaturin series, which was set during the Napoleonic Wars—seemed destined for film. With Russell Crowe as Jack Aubrey and Paul Bettany as Stephen Maturin, the production only needed a ship that could stand in for Lucky Jacks HMS Surprise, with historical accuracy paramount. The filmmakers found the Rose, a replica of an 18th-century ship that would work perfectly. Only there was one problem: the Rose was in Newport, Rhode Island, not in Southern California, where they would be filming. Enter a ragtag crew of thirty oddballs who stepped up for the task, including Will Sofrin, at the time a 21-year-old wooden-boat builder and yacht racer, who joined as the ships carpenter.

All Hands on Deck is about the epic adventure of delivering the Rose to Hollywood. It’s a story of reinvention, hard work on the high seas, love, and of survival. The Rose was an example of the most cutting-edge technology of her era, but in the 21st century, few sailors had the experience needed to sail the ship. The crew effectively went back in time, brought to life the old ways of a forgotten world, and barely lived to tell the tale. Just a few days in, a terrifying hurricane-strength storm nearly sank the Rose, and later, a rogue wave caused a nearly fatal dismasting. And the ups and downs weren’t limited to the waves—with the crew split into factions, making peace between warring camps became necessary, too, as did avoiding pirates and braving the temptations of shore leave. All Hands on Deck is a gripping story of an unforgettable journey and a must-read for fans who adore O’Brian’s novels and the dramatic film adaptation of Master and Commander.

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