Getting Away

as told by Mitzie Ruffles

How a Crazy Dream Became a Reality
– A Memoir

Getting Away

as told by Mitzie Ruffles

How a Crazy Dream Became a Reality – A Memoir

Getting Away - How a Crazy Dream became a Reality

A true story of making a crazy dream a reality, entertaining, inspirational, laced with humour, adventure, sunshine, sea, salt, and often pure terror.

In late 1994 Mike and Ann realised that continuing a path of working long hours and getting nowhere had to stop. They decided that they wanted to escape from it all. Freedom, lifestyle, and peace of mind was the dream. But there’s always a price to pay. 

“Quitting your jobs and sailing around the Mediterranean is the stuff of dreams and Mike and Ann made it happen by building their own yacht. What an amazing story.”

“What a wave hanger! This is a great story of a lifetime goal and adventure, it’s ‘interesting’ very atmospheric, and exciting…

“Having sailed to some of the same places as Mitzie, Mike, Ann, and Monty I was taken back to my own experiences of sailing into the unknown. You can’t do a voyage like this without a mix of courage, madness, and humour…”

“What an enjoyable adventure. Written through the eyes of pet Mitzie one understands the challenges constantly faced. I was certainly pulled into life aboard during a storm from a dog’s point of view. The relationships between the dogs and their owners was sympathetically told. I loved Mitzie saying ‘Maths, I don’t like Maths. I laughed out loud at the pizza saga…”

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