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Into the Storm: Lessons in Teamwork from the Treacherous Sydney to Hobart Ocean Race

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Winner of the Small Business Book Awards from Small Business Trends 2013 The Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is among the most demanding sailing competitions in the world. Unpredictable seas make the 628-nautical-mile course grueling under the best conditions, but the 1998 race proved to be the most perilous to date when a sudden and violent storm struck. Winds gusted over 100 mp ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published November 2012 by AMACOM/American Management Association (first published October 1st 2012)
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Book Him Danno
Ostensibly this is the tail of a boat race. A boat race that headed straight into a perfect storm of destruction. It details the plight of Captain Ed Psaltis and his crew aboard the Midnight Rambler as they competed in the famed Sydney to Hobart race. With great peril to their own lives they not only attacked the storm but became the overall winner of the race; a feat not typically accomplished by a small boat.

Now I am someone who gets motion sick on something as simple as a ferris wheel, the t
Jul 26, 2014 Jolovessnow rated it really liked it
Pretty exciting story of the 1998 ocean race Sydney to Hobart. I loved the storm detail. The second half of the book applies the teamwork of one of the successful ship crews to teamwork in business. I was surprised that it was engaging & had many lessons that I will try to apply to my job.
Robert Mosley
Mar 08, 2015 Robert Mosley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book on team building

I have used points in this book during my military team building. This book has key questions that should be drafted in lol brown books
Nov 07, 2014 Lana rated it really liked it
This was a really interesting book about a real sailing race that occurred in the 1990's in Australia. There was a hurricane that came during the race, and several sailors lost their lives. The sailors on this particular boat worked really well together, and the author digs into some of the team dynamics that helped them survive. He uses these as lessons for managers or anyone who leads a team in any situation.
Jan 02, 2015 Rachel rated it really liked it
Great metaphors for team dynamics. This was a brilliant addition to a work reading group on leadership.
Paul Davidson
Aug 26, 2013 Paul Davidson rated it really liked it
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Not being a boating enthusiast - it took me 100 pages to get into the sailing aspect of the book. I liked that book is different from most business advice books in that it contains an epic story. On the downside, many teams are not as vested into performance as a boating crew fighting to survive, so I found the practical application a bit of a stretch. Check out the youtube videos covering the storm for some vivid imagery.

Brett Jonas
Dec 30, 2013 Brett Jonas rated it really liked it
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While I found the second half rather boring, the connections between it and the first half kept me reading it. In the end, it was a rather enjoyable book, and it did teach me a few lessons about being part of a team and brought back memories of some interesting moments I've had with various teams I've worked with.
Aug 18, 2015 Brie rated it liked it
I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads Contest.

This book is not badly just was not to my taste. It was a bit too "team building workplace guidebook" for me which interrupted the story of the race. Because of this I did not finish the book and will be passing it along to another reader.
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My co-workers and I were given this book to read after management went to a seminar. It's about teamwork but the story about the boat race was great.
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DENNIS PERKINS is the author of Leading at The Edge and CEO of Syncretics Group, a consulting firm dedicated to helping leaders and teams thrive under conditions of adversity, uncertainty, and change. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, he successfully completed his first Sydney Hobart Race in 2006.
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