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Race Against Time

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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 around 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 ex ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Penguin UK (first published October 24th 2005)
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Peter
May 02, 2012 Peter rated it it was ok
Recommended to Peter by: Rae Ward
Shelves: autobiography

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!)
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Gabriele
Jan 12, 2009 Gabriele rated it really liked it
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'
Lizzie Bailey
May 16, 2011 Lizzie Bailey rated it liked it
quite repeative, i know thats a little harsh but it was.
umberto
Oct 10, 2009 umberto rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
Ms. Ellen MacArthur is a true, formidable heroine.
( I read to p. 248 and hope to resume reading as soon as I can find time.)
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