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About the author:
Daria and Alex Blackwell are lifelong sailors. They spent years cruising the East coast of the US discovering and writing about many beautiful destinations.
They now live in Kilmeena, half way between Westport and Newport, on Clew Bay, Co. Mayo, Ireland. They sail a Bowman 57 cutter rigged ketch in which they have crossed the Atlantic three times to date visiting many countries and islands along the way (with Onyx). They have sailed up and down the West coast of Ireland from Cork to Donegal, and consistently cruise among the west coast islands.
Alex is a commercial Master Mariner and on advisory committees to the Irish Sailing Association. Alex and Daria are members of the Irish Cruising Club, of the Ocean Cruising Club, and serve as Port Officers for the West Coast of Ireland; Daria serves as OCC Committee Member, PR Officer and Chairman of the Digital Communications Subcommittee. They are also members of Mayo Sailing Club, American Yacht Club, the Cruising Association, Trans Ocean eV, and the Seven Seas Cruising Association, for which they serve as Cruising Station for Ireland.
Alex and Daria are co-authors of Cruising the Wild Atlantic Way, which is unlike any other guidebook to the west of Ireland. It covers the coast from Cork to Donegal from the perspectives of both sea and land. They also wrote Happy Hooking - The Art of Anchoring, which is the best-selling book on anchoring on Amazon. They offer a course on boat anchoring through NauticEd and deliver webinars worldwide for Seven Seas University and the Great Lakes Cruising Club. Alex and Daria are widely published in sailing magazines on both sides of the Atlantic. They are the founders of Sail4Kids Make a Memory Cruise. Their blog can be accessed via their website or at:
Alex, who holds a Master's degree in Marine Biology, is also the author of two novels The Butterfly Effect; It Started on 9/11, The Brotherhood; Acquisition of Power and an oyster cookbook, Oyster Delight.

For more information on Daria and Alex' writing, go to:
Where Dreams Take Flight and Become Reality

For information on cruising, etc., visit:
The Boater's Resource for Things to Know and Places to Go,


The Cruising Kitty

Authored by Daria Blackwell, Alex Blackwell

My name is Onyx and this is my story. I wrote it for the Little Peo-ple, Big Peo-ple, and even Non-Peo-ple. I hope you all like it.

I was born sometime in August, no one knows exactly when. My mother's Peo-ple came back from their holidays to find five kittens, all girls, frolicking under the porch. They got to work calling all their friends and soon found loving homes for all of them... all but one that is. That one was moi...Onyx. No one wanted me because I was all black. All the Peo-ple who came to see me thought I was a magic cat, and they were afraid. I didn't like them either and chose to stay with my mother.

Then one day a She-ple who was really different came. She spoke about a dream she had had about a black kitten named Onyx. My name is Onyx, and I am black. Now that was interesting. I looked her over and liked her straight away. She was different. I could feel her. She was meant to be mine, so I adopted her on the spot.

And so it was meant to be that I came to live with the Peo-ple Blackwell. I, Onyx Blackwell, was going to be a cruising kitty, and I was going to see the world in a boat.

Excuse me if I take a nap while you are reading.

Publication Date:
1537642324 / 9781537642321
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5" x 8"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Fiction / General

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