In January 1982, Steven set sail in his small sailboat. He began his journey from the Canary Islands. He was headed to the Caribbean. A week later, his ship sank in a storm. He was left to drift on an inflatable rubber raft. He drifted like that for 76 days! He was adrift with only a shirt, three pounds of food, some water and gear. He eventually washed up on the Bahamas. After he was rescued, he wrote an autobiography about his perilous adventure. The director of the movie Life of Pi was so impressed that he asked Steven to become a film consultant.