Books: Mariners II

STAYING ALIVE!

by MAURICE and MARALYN BAILEY

192 pages. McKay. $6.95.

On March 4, 1973, Maurice and Maralyn Bailey had their breakfast interrupted by sperm whale, which rammed their twin-keel sloop Auralyn about 250 miles northeast of the Galapagos Islands. The boat suffered a fatal portside hole below the waterline. Within an hour, the couple—who had been on their way from native England to New Zealand—embarked on a spectacular survival adventure in a round, covered rubber raft roped to a nine-foot dinghy. The publisher claims that the Baileys set a record—117 days*—for time adrift following a shipwreck. Though each lost about 40...

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