"You have written a fabulous and honest book. I am very, very proud of you and delighted that have taken the time and had the courage to share your story with us through your incredible writing talent.

Thank you for the gifts you have given me today. This is a book for sailors and non-sailors alike, a story that is more about the realities of life told through tales of the sea, business, love and life. These are stories told straight from the depths of a pure and fighting soul. Well done my friend....very well done."


Praise for Grabbing the World

Nick Moloney - author Chasing the Dawn

"A fast paced fun read. I highly recommend this book."

Skip Novak - author and adventurer

"This is an awesome book - it really is. You have a gift to tell stories and you do so with such honesty. The book covers so much of your personal life interwoven with the dream of starting a new around the world yacht race. How you manage to pull things off still amazes me. I can't recommend this book highly enough. If you are looking for a great read this is the book for you.

Seth Jackson - author A Gift for Julie

"Pushing 50, unemployed and unemployable, professional sailor Brian Hancock found himself at a crossroads in life. After 30 years of racing sailboats around the world he was looking for a new challenge, one that would draw on his experience as a sailor, adventurer and author. He formed a partnership with an old friend and together they launched a brand new around-the-world yacht race, the Portimão Global Ocean Race.

Grabbing the World is a heartfelt account of what it takes to have a dream, to pursue it against all odds, and to prevail. The journey takes him back to his roots in South Africa. It takes him to the highs of success and the lows of betrayal. Most of all it is a voyage of self discovery.

Beautifully written, set against a backdrop of travel and adventure, this poignant memoir will have you laughing, crying and feeling inspired.”

From the back cover

I hopped back into the car and drove to the local supermarket. In a few minutes I had picked up some bread and cheese and a bottle of good wine. I stopped next door and bought a knife, plate and a decent glass and headed back to the grave. Dad may be gone but that did not stop me from having lunch with him. I spread a towel on the ground and pulled the cork on the wine. Three hadeda’s flew overhead making a racket as they came in for landing. I looked around for the monkeys but they were lying low. I poured myself a glass of wine and tipped a little onto the soft dirt alongside the grave. “For you Dad,” I said. “Cheers.”

Most of the bottle was gone when the monkeys arrived. I was just dozing off in the warm sun when I heard them chatter. They were in the trees beyond the graveyard staring down at me with their large, inquisitive eyes. I tossed the remains of my baguette their way and gave my Dad the remains of the wine. I felt at peace. The noise in my head had subsided, replaced by calm.

Book excerpt

Download Chapter One here

To order a personalized copy of the book please email Brian here. Books are $20 including shipping. As a bonus I will send you a digital version of the book to read on your Kindle or iPad. Order both books for $30. Same deal on the shipping and digital.

Copyright: Brian Hancock 2019