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Beyond Endurance: 300 Boats, 600 Miles, and One Deadly Storm
by Adam Mayers
The August 1979 Fastnet race, from Cowes on the Isle of Wight in the English Channel to the Fastnet lighthouse off the south coast of Ireland, started calmly enough for the 303 boats taking part. The previous two races had been uneventful and none of the sailors, among them former British prime minister Ted Heath and American cable TV millionaire Ted Turner, anticipated ...more
Hardcover, 264 pages
Published April 24th 2007 by McClelland & Stewart
(first published January 1st 2007)
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I have heard stories of the 79 Fastnet and read another account, "Left for Dead" several years ago. But holy crap, I know there's nothing you can do if you're caught out there and I have to say the bravery and stalwartness of the Canadians makes me proud. Some of the participants weren't very supportive, in fact down right insulting Mr Turner!!! What goes around, comes around. A simply amazing read. If you ever wondered about a sailboat race but always thought the subject would be too boring, ...more
although the content of this story is spectacular, i.e. the experience of those who sailed through the stormy seas, the telling of it was too technical for me: lots of talk about gibs & steering & waves & hulls etc. for this type of adventure book, for those who are not that into sailing, "Adrift" by Stephen Callaghan (sp?) is a much more readable tale.