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Knockdown: The Harrowing True Account of a Yacht Race Turned Deadly

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In the world of blue water, or open ocean, yacht racing, the Sydney to Hobart challenge is considered one of the most treacherous races in the world. Nineteen-ninety-eight proved why. Slammed by a sudden freak storm that unleashed ninety-mile-per-hour winds and waves seven stories tall, twenty-four boats were abandoned at sea as sixty-three sailors fought for their lives. ...more
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Published September 1st 1999 by Atria Books (first published 1974)
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Dec 08, 2010 Jan rated it it was ok
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I really wanted to like this book, as I love a good disaster story. This should be an interesting book - about the disastrous 1998 Sydney to Hobart yacht race, where the racers unwittingly sailed into a hurricane and 6 men were lost - and it is, in a way. I mean, how can the basic story itself not be interesting? However, Dugard's writing style really killed it for me. He bizarrely switches back and forth from past tense to present tense to future tense - sometimes all within a paragraph or two ...more
Bruce
Nov 18, 2016 Bruce rated it it was amazing
I read this book about 6-7 years ago. It is a great read, and if you have any interest whatsoever in sailing, I would say it should almost be required reading. Martin Dugard is an excellent writer.
Michelle
Oct 23, 2016 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Mind blown.
Eric_W
Feb 05, 2009 Eric_W rated it it was amazing
There would appear to be numerous yacht races around the world, all vying for the title of the “most dangerous,” “worst seas,” “most deadly weather,” etc., etc. The criteria seem to be the most number of sailors killed. Many of these races are beginning to attract the unskilled, much like climbing Mt. Everest is now a way “to find oneself” – personally, I can always be found in my reading chair, so locating myself has never been a problem – and naturally, many of these people rarely have the ...more
Jim Morrison
Sep 29, 2016 Jim Morrison rated it liked it
I had mixed emotions about this book. I think some of it was fiction or at best speculation. Most of it was certainly exciting to read, nevertheless. I also think there were some technical errors, but I can overlook those. Perhaps he was trying to over-simplify something too complex, but I don't think he really understood the atmospheric forces that caused the high winds and waves.
Michael Mcclelland
Aug 01, 2011 Michael Mcclelland rated it really liked it
Crikey... Initially strays a bit too much into a macho, "boys' own adventure" style of writing, sometimes about things the author may not necessarily know about (i.e. instead of Jim eating Weetbix, Jim would stride purposefully to the cupboard, not at all hungry, but knowing he'd need all of the strength he could wring from a hearty wheat biscuit for the days of toil ahead...). I found that style pleasant, if a little cheesy. Having finished reading though, you'd frankly struggle to believe ...more
Catharine
Aug 19, 2008 Catharine rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves adventure and sailing.
Recommended to Catharine by: Found it in the library by accident.
Shelves: just-cause, sailing
What a wild and painful ride! In one breath I was thinking, men died here for no reason. The weather forecasters knew .. but a tired code of no alarm sent me into a vicious sea. Those who survived had stories to tell that set the heart to fast beat and drew a small bead of sweat upon the upper brow.
David
Mar 09, 2007 David rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Sailors
A great book that tells the stories of half a dozen boats that endured the deadly 1998 Sydhob, an off shore yacht race from Sydney Austrailia to Hobart Tazmania. It's the only book on this race that gives "Midnight Rambler" the credit for winning on corrected time. Great book!
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Dec 15, 2015 John rated it it was amazing
If you like the feeling of goosebumps running up and down your body and damp cheeks from tears, this is the book for you. Near impossible to put down.
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New York Times bestselling author Martin Dugard is the co-author of Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy and Killing Jesus, written with noted television personality Bill O'Reilly. To date, there are more than seven million copies of these books in print.
Mr. Dugard is also the author of the critically lauded memoir To Be A Runner (Rodale, 2011), a series of essays which takes the reader around the wo
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