- Associated Press - Sunday, May 29, 2016

A novelist who was twice rescued from storm-battered sailboats will be celebrating the release of his latest book from the Canary Islands.

South Carolina author Michael Hurley successfully sailed solo from Calais, France, to La Palma, Canary Islands, on the first leg of an around-the-globe voyage planned for the next few years.

He completed the 1,700-mile leg last week.

His new book, “The Passage,” goes on sale on Wednesday. The book features some details drawn from his rescue last summer by the Maine Maritime Academy training ship, State of Maine.

In 2012, Hurley was rescued by the Coast Guard and had to scuttle his storm-damaged sailboat between Haiti and Cuba.

After riding out hurricane season in the Canary Islands, he says he plans to set sail for St. Lucia.

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