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About the author:
Jack van Ommen is a Dutch American who writes, in Dutch and English, about his life's experiences in the Second World War, the various countries and continents he lived and worked and his solo sail adventures. His travels started with hitchhiking from Holland to Italy at age fifteen and before he immigrated to California at nineteen he had explored in thirteen countries already. When he ended up as a draftee with a Green Card in Vietnam in 1961, he, and his American wife, travelled to six South East Asian countries from Saigon. In his career he travelled constantly to Europe and infrequently to Asia and Latin America.
Through his curiosity, interest in people and his language fluency he discovers his fascinating stories. He accentuates these encounters with his professional photography in his books, articles and on his blog.
His articles appear regularly in cruising and traditional sailing magazines, for example: Cruising World, Wooden Boat Magazine, Blue Water Sailing, Latitude-38, 48-North. And in similar Dutch magazines.
His first book came out in 2012: "The Mastmakers' Daughters"
The biography of his mother and the contrasting life of her cousin, with the same maiden name. His mother was betrayed as a resistance member during the 2nd World War and ended up in Dachau, her cousin was German and a Nazi member. His second book, published in 2016, "SoloMan" is part biography and the nine year solo circumnavigation adventure. Both in this book and on his blog, he professes his joy of living in this beautiful world and its people and his survival and dealing with adversity through his faith in God, just like his mother witnesses in "The Mastmakers' Daughters".


Alone at sea with God and Social Security

Authored by Jack van Ommen, Jack van Ommen
Edition: Black&White English

"The moon is full, but a heavy cloud cover from the dying storm and the lingering rain limits my visibility. My headlamp light is quickly swallowed up in the darkness. The steady beam of light from the nearby lighthouse sweeps over a cataclysmic sight. It is slowly starting to sink in that this chapter of my life is coming to a violent end."

In 'SoloMan', Jack van Ommen relives an incredible adventure, beginning with his departure from the Pacific Coast, and ending nine years later in the storm-tossed seas off Mallorca. He started with only a dream, his thirty foot wooden sailboat and $150 in his checking account. After visiting 51 countries and with 48,000 nautical miles in his wake, Jack's journey comes to an abrupt end when his boat is lost, and with it, his few remaining possessions.
This is the story of that life-changing experience at sea, and of how one man was able to transcend certain adversity with hope, persistence and an abiding faith in God and his fellow man.

Jack van Ommen, Amsterdam 1937. Home port Gig Harbor, Washington, USA.
Earlier publications: "The Mastmakers' Daughters" 2012,
His articles appear regularly in Dutch and American sailing magazines.
Website: Blog:

Publication Date:
1523951702 / 9781523951703
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8" x 10"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Travel / General

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