Lots of great adventures and stories in this book

James Rockefeller Jr. has enjoyed a very adventuresome life, which he shared with us in his book Wayfarer, published by Islandport Press.

The book’s subtitle is “a memoir” and boy does he have a lot of great memories. Rockefeller has spent much of his life sailing the world where he particularly enjoyed very small islands inhabited by only a few people, many of whom became lifelong friends of his. And some of those people were real characters – very entertaining.

The book does include both dangers and tragedies, along with all the wonderful stories.

What really drew me to this book was the fact that Rockefeller had a family home on Vinalhaven, and that place became his sanctuary and the place he loved the most.

While he continued to sail the seas, Rockefeller also took to the air, spending more than 2000 hours flying. Yup, he loves adventure!

Rockefeller is a cofounder of the Owls Head Transportation Museum, a very interesting place, and he was its chairman until 2017. If you’ve never been to that museum, I encourage you to visit.

And for sure, pick up a copy of Wayfarer which you are sure to enjoy.

George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website, georgesmithmaine.com, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.