44th out of 98 books — 56 voters
Race Against Time
Just after 10.00 on the night of February 7th 2004, Ellen MacArthur crossed an imaginary line in the sea off Brittany to become the fastest person ever to sail solo round the world. The record was held by a Frenchman, Francis Joyon. He'd slashed over 20 days off the previous record and many thought his extraordinary new benchmark would stand for 10 years or more. Most expe...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 25th 2007 by Penguin Global
(first published October 24th 2005)
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A day by day diary of the record breaking solo circumnavigation of the globe.
It mostly reads like a blow by blow weather forecast and commentary crossed with a strung out, stressed and anxious fight to keep going; the text is generally, very repetitive.
There are some occasional interesting snippets of vulnerability;Ellen's thoughts, feelings, and her deep appreciation of the wildness and beauty all around her which break the adrenaline charged monotony of the text. (If that isn't oxymoronic!)
Dame MacArthurs diary of her 2005 attempt to become the fastest person and first woman ever to sail solo round the world. She cut Francis Joyon's record in a superhuman effort by one day. Joyon regained the record in 2008 taking 14 days off Macarthur's record...It is a good read but does not reach the quality of 'Takin on the World'