Chaucer’s Books will host master boatbuilder and local author Will Sofrin for a book talk and signing at the bookstore at 3321 State St. on Tuesday, June 27 at 6 pm.
Sovrin’s book, All Crew Together: A Modern High Seas Adventure to the Other Side of the World, is a memoir of maritime adventure about a crew of misfits hired to sail an 18th-century warship 5,000 miles to Hollywood.
In the late 1990s, Patrick O’Brian’s multi-million-selling historical fiction series – the “Aubrey-Maturin” series set in the Napoleonic Wars – seemed destined to be Make it into a movie.
With Russell Crowe as Jack Aubrey and Paul Bettany as Stephen Maturin, the production only needed a ship that could replace Lucky Jack’s Marvel, and historical accuracy was crucial.
Filmmakers track down the Rose, a well-functioning replica of an 18th-century ship. But there’s a catch: The roses were in Newport, Rhode Island, not Southern California, where they were filmed.
A ragtag crew of 30 eccentrics joined the mission, including Will Sofrin, a then 21-year-old wooden boat builder and yacht racer who joined as the ship’s chief carpenter.
“All Together” tells the epic adventure story of Sovereign sending roses to Hollywood.
The Rose was a model of cutting-edge technology for her time, but in the 21st century, few have experience sailing it.
The crew actually went back in time, reinvigorated the old ways of a forgotten world, and barely lived to tell the story.
Sovrin taught naval architecture at MIT and built ships for Billy Joel and Estée Lauder. As a former professional sailor and licensed skipper, he has sailed over 30,000 miles in blue water.
In 2014, he moved to Los Angeles and founded a design firm specializing in luxury residential developments. He went on to participate in sailing competitions.