Godforsaken Sea: Racing the World's Most Dangerous Waters
Author Derek Lundy's vivid book follows the field of the 1996 - 1997 Vendee Globe through the race's grueling four-month circumnavigation of the globe, most of it through the terror of the Southern Ocean.
Lundy narrates the race through the eyes and experiences of sixteen sailors - fourteen men and two women - who embdoy the best and most eccentric aspects of our human condition. There's the gallant Brit who spends days beating back against the worst seas to save a fellow sailor; the Frenchman who bothers to salvage only a bottle of champagne from his broken and sinking boat; the sailor who comes to love the albatross that trails her for months, naming it Bernard; the sailor who calmly smokes a cigarette as his boat capsizes; and the Canadian who, hours before he disappears forever, dispatches this message:
If you drag things out too long here, you're sure to come to grief.
With the literary touch of Saint-Exupery and Conrad, Derek Lundy harnesses hurricane-force winds, six story waves, icebergs, and deafening noise. And he lays bare the spirit of the men and women who push themselves to the outer limits of human endeavor - even if it means never returning home.
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"The best book ever written about the terrifying business of single-handed sailing . . . as tight and gripping as The Perfect Storm or Into Thin Air." (San Francisco Chronicle).
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|title_full||Godforsaken Sea Racing the World's Most Dangerous Waters|
|title_sub||Racing the World's Most Dangerous Waters|
|topic_facet||Nonfiction, Sports & Recreations|