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A Voyage For Madmen By Peter Nichols

A Voyage For Madmen by Peter Nichols

Condition - Very Good
$30.99
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Summary

Nine people comprised of two Frenchmen, an Italian and six Englishmen, began the 1967 Golden Globe around the world yacht race. Only one completed the journey. This is the story of this endeavour.

A Voyage For Madmen Summary

A Voyage For Madmen: Nine men set out to race each other around the world. Only one made it back ... by Peter Nichols

Nine people comprised of two Frenchmen, an Italian and six Englishmen, began the 1967 Golden Globe around the world yacht race. Only one completed the journey. This is the story of this endeavour. The goal was to sail around the world solo, a feat no one had yet achieved; to make matters just that extra bit tricky some of the sailors were total novices. The book analyses the fate of each sailor in turn. Nichols describes how the nine fought through storms and collisions, through the roaring 40s and the furious 50s, and how each man experienced those moments of solitary despair, lonely disappointment and occasional mystical elation that are unique to long-haul solo sailing. The technical side of yachtsmanship also comes under scrutiny while still aiming to prove accessible to those with little understanding of actual sailing methods.

A Voyage For Madmen Reviews

The voyage in question was one that by 1968 had not been achieved: a single-handed, non-stop circumnavigation of the world. Sir Francis Chichester had made the voyage a year earlier but had stopped once in Australia. Nevertheless, his effort had captured the imagination. Three sailors had been tempted and were well into their preparations before the Sunday Times offered up substantial prize money to the first one home and to the person with the fastest time. We are immediately ensnared by the character and backgrounds of the nine competitors who emerge over a matter of months. Reactions of their loved ones, reasons for entering, sailing experience, choices of boat and even their dietary preferences provide the details that hook us in. Once underway, these men faced incredible danger as the sea threatened to rip their little boats apart. They also faced discomfort and loneliness and, on another level, A Voyage for Madmen is like a whodunit thriller. Nichols cleverly lets us know at the outset that one man will cheat, one will go mad and one will lose his life. Finding out who adds to the appeal of a superb book which deserves to be a huge seller.

Additional information

GOR001306163
9781861972361
1861972369
A Voyage For Madmen: Nine men set out to race each other around the world. Only one made it back ... by Peter Nichols
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Profile Books Ltd
2001-05-02
336
Short-listed for William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2001
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us

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