Ben Harrison

author, musician, playwright

“A distinctive voice with a delightful sense of humor and story telling ability. His songs paint a picture. His books and musicals are fueled by a wonderful sense of the ridiculous.

“A delightful book that will appeal not only to those interested in sailing, but to anyone who’s ever tasted wanderlust or dreamt of breaking free from ‘normal’ life and doing something truly extraordinary.

Harrison blends journal entries, unique historical commentary, song lyrics, personal photos, and more in his adventure autobiography of a couple in the 1970’s who make it through challenging and oftentimes hilarious odds.

Quirky, heartfelt, and fun, Sailing Down the Mountain is a must-read that transcends generations.”

 

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 "[D]irect, heartfelt and totally honest without self consciousness or pretension.... Passion is a rare commodity and that is what comes through on every page."

– Leslie Linsely, Key West Citizen

 

"[A] dream, a boat, an adventure, a book... a rewarding journey"

– Cammy Clark, The Miami Herald

 

"[A] remarkable story—equal parts quixotic adventure, challenging physical labor, and spirtual journey—with wit, grace, and self-deprecating humor"

– H.A. Harrison, director of Pollock-Krasner House 

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Helen Harrison and La Dulce Mujer Pintada on the cover of Boatbuilder Magazine. Issue includes a 9-page feature on Ben and Helen's involvement in the creation of the Cabo Rico 38.

 

"Ben and Helen's stroke of mad genius inspired countless cruising dreams."

 – Darrell Nicholson, Practical Sailor

  "[U]nconventional is an understatement.  Equal parts of Walter Mitty, MacGyver and the vibrant counterculture ethos of Haight-Ashbury in the '70s ... refreshingly candid and authentic, at times graphic, and always insightful.... The book chronicles both a young couple's growth as well as the birth of a sailing legend: the Cabo Rico 38. This book will provoke and inspire." – Bob Wood, Good Old Boat

 

"[U]nconventional is an understatement.  Equal parts of Walter Mitty, MacGyver and the vibrant counterculture ethos of Haight-Ashbury in the '70s ... refreshingly candid and authentic, at times graphic, and always insightful.... The book chronicles both a young couple's growth as well as the birth of a sailing legend: the Cabo Rico 38. This book will provoke and inspire."

 Bob Wood, Good Old Boat


author talk and performance @ Books & Books