A Voyage For Madmen

Author: Peter Nichols
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 006186840X
Release Date: 2009-10-13
Genre: Travel

In 1968, nine sailors set off on the most daring race ever held: to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe nonstop. It was a feat that had never been accomplished and one that would forever change the face of sailing. Ten months later, only one of the nine men would cross the finish line and earn fame, wealth, and glory. For the others, the reward was madness, failure, and death. In this extraordinary book, Peter Nichols chronicles a contest of the individual against the sea, waged at a time before cell phones, satellite dishes, and electronic positioning systems. A Voyage for Madmen is a tale of sailors driven by their own dreams and demons, of horrific storms in the Southern Ocean, and of those riveting moments when a split-second decision means the difference between life and death.

A Voyage for Madmen

Author: Peter Nichols
Publisher: Profile Books
ISBN: 9781846684432
Release Date: 2011-05-01
Genre: Single-handed sailing

It lay like a gauntlet thrown down; to sail around the world alone and non-stop. No one had ever done it, no one knew if it could be done. In 1968, nine men - six Englishmen, two Frenchmen and an Italian - set out to try, a race born of coincidence of their timing. One didn't even know how to sail. They had more in common with Captain Cook or Ferdinand Magellan than with the high-tech, extreme sailors of today, a mere forty years later. It was not the sea or the weather that determined the nature of their voyages but the men they were, and they were as different from one another as Scott from Amundsen. Only one of the nine crossed the finishing line after ten months at sea. The rest encountered despair, sublimity, madness and even death.

Big Bloke Small Boat

Author: William Garnier
Publisher: Spire Publishing
ISBN: 9781926635002
Release Date: 2008
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

A circuit of the North Atlantic alone in his 24ft sailing boat may have seemed to William Garnier an exciting and natural extension of his sailing ambitions. Almost universally to everyone else it was madness. Relying heavily on the wisdom and kindness of an eclectic yachting community, as well as his own resourcefulness and self belief, 'Big Bloke, Small Boat: voyage of a madman?' honestly records the highs and lows of a bold journey through inexperience and learning in an unfamiliar offshore world. Sun-kissed and carrying a mixed bag of emotions bulging with tales of whales, gales, dolphins, rum and starlit nights, William returned to Cornwall in 2007 after a year long adventure. Who was to call him mad? About the author: William Garnier lives a largely normal life mostly in Cornwall with his partner and a long dog. He doesn't do much sailing now but is learning to surf.

At the Mercy of the Sea

Author: John Kretschmer
Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional
ISBN: 0071743065
Release Date: 2009-12-18
Genre: Sports & Recreation

“The tale of Carl Wake and the hurricane that was waiting for him goes straight to the heart of the greatest sea stories: they are not about man against the sea, but man against himself. John Kretschmer’s book is as perfectly shaped and flawlessly written as such a story can be. In addition to being the best depiction I have ever read of what it is like to be inside a hurricane at sea, At the Mercy of the Sea is as moving a story of a man’s failure and redemption as can be found anywhere in the literature of the sea. This book is surely destined to become a classic.”—Peter Nichols, author of Sea Change and A Voyage for Madmen “John Kretschmer has transformed this story of three men on a collision course with a hurricane into a modern seafaring classic.”—Peter Nielsen, editor of SAIL magazine “With expert analysis and taut writing, he draws readers into that mad storm. You can’t turn away. You keep reading until it breaks your heart.”—Fred Grimm, columnist for the Miami Herald “Once begun, his vivid and powerful narrative is impossible to put down.”—Derek Lundy, author of Godforsaken Sea and The Way of a Ship “I felt I knew Carl Wake, because John Kretschmer found in him an archetype—an aging sailor with an age-old dream.”—Jim Carrier, transatlantic sailor and author of The Ship and the Storm: Hurricane Mitch and the Loss of the Fantome “A remarkable book, impossible to put down.”—Herb McCormick, sailing journalist

Sea Change

Author: Peter Nichols
Publisher: Profile Books
ISBN: 9781782835479
Release Date: 2018-08-02
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Sea Change is Peter Nichols' first book, a biographical account of his own dramatic adventure. When his marriage ended, Nichols had to sell the only thing he and his wife owned - their boat. With only his sextant, his instincts as a seasoned sailor and his memories of a floundering marriage, he sets out from England to sail to America to sell his beloved boat, Toad. Halfway across the Atlantic, Toad springs a leak. As the sea floods in faster, Nichols tries everything to stay afloat, desperately pumping the water out by hand. He loses the battle after three days and is forced to abandon Toad. This is more than a sea-tale. It is the painful story of his marriage, his boat and himself.

Extreme

Author: Emma Barrett
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 9780191645662
Release Date: 2014-10-23
Genre: Psychology

Why do some people risk their lives regularly by placing themselves in extreme and challenging situations? For some, such as astronauts, the extreme environments are part of the job. For others, they involve the thrill and competition of extreme sports, or the achievement of goals such as being the first to reach the South Pole or climb Everest. Whether for sport or employment, all these people have made the personal choice to put themselves in environments in which there is significant risk. What drives such people? And what skills and personality traits enable the best to succeed? What abilities are shared by the successful mountaineer, astronaut, caver, or long-distance solo sailer? And are there lessons the rest of us can learn from them? The psychology of those who have to cope with extreme conditions has been a matter of much research. It is important, for example to those planning manned space programmes or the makeup of teams who will spend months in an isolated or hostile environment such as Antarctica, to understand the psychological pressures involved, and to recognize those best equipped to handle them. In Extreme, Emma Barrett and Paul Martin explore the challenges that people in extreme environments face, including pain, physical hardship, loneliness, and friction between individuals, and the approaches taken to overcome them. Using many fascinating examples and personal accounts, they argue that we can all benefit from the insights gained.

True Spirit

Author: Jessica Watson
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9780733627361
Release Date: 2011-08-29
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

The story of a remarkable girl who followed her dream and conquered the world. On 15 May 2010, after 210 days at sea and 24,285 nautical miles, 16-year-old Jessica Watson sailed her yacht, Ella's Pink Lady, triumphantly back into Sydney Harbour. She had become the youngest person to sail solo, unassisted and non-stop around the world. Told in Jessica's own words, this fully updated edition of True Spirit shares with the reader her childhood, her inspiration, her years of planning and what has happened since she conquered the Everest of sailing. It is an inspiring story, one that ultimately proves that we all have the power to live our dreams – no matter how small or big they are.

Taking on the World

Author: Ellen MacArthur
Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press
ISBN: 0071435441
Release Date: 2004-04-16
Genre: Sports & Recreation

"An exuberant, headlong, exhausting ride . . . more than a book about sailboat racing; it's also about a dream ferociously pursued and the price paid for realizing it . . . impossible to put down." --Derek Lundy, author, Godforsaken Sea "A story of mythic shape--of a young girl who receives a call to adventure and sets out on a compulsive journey, and finds mentors, tests, dark caves, despair, a supreme ordeal, and triumph." --Peter Nichols, author, A Voyage for Madmen "A passionate account that is far more than just another book about racing." --The (London) Times

Final Voyage

Author: Peter Nichols
Publisher: Putnam Adult
ISBN: 039915602X
Release Date: 2009
Genre: History

In 1871, an entire fleet of whaling ships was caught in an Arctic ice storm and destroyed. Though few lives were lost, the damage would forever shape one of America's most distinctive commodities: oil.

At the Mercy of the Sea The True Story of Three Sailors in a Caribbean Hurricane

Author: John Kretschmer
Publisher: Mcgraw-hill
ISBN: 0071498877
Release Date: 2007-08-02
Genre: Sports & Recreation

“The tale of Carl Wake and the hurricane that was waiting for him goes straight to the heart of the greatest sea stories: they are not about man against the sea, but man against himself. John Kretschmer’s book is as perfectly shaped and flawlessly written as such a story can be. In addition to being the best depiction I have ever read of what it is like to be inside a hurricane at sea, At the Mercy of the Sea is as moving a story of a man’s failure and redemption as can be found anywhere in the literature of the sea. This book is surely destined to become a classic.”—Peter Nichols, author of Sea Change and A Voyage for Madmen “John Kretschmer has transformed this story of three men on a collision course with a hurricane into a modern seafaring classic.”—Peter Nielsen, editor of SAIL magazine “With expert analysis and taut writing, he draws readers into that mad storm. You can’t turn away. You keep reading until it breaks your heart.”—Fred Grimm, columnist for the Miami Herald “Once begun, his vivid and powerful narrative is impossible to put down.”—Derek Lundy, author of Godforsaken Sea and The Way of a Ship “I felt I knew Carl Wake, because John Kretschmer found in him an archetype—an aging sailor with an age-old dream.”—Jim Carrier, transatlantic sailor and author of The Ship and the Storm: Hurricane Mitch and the Loss of the Fantome “A remarkable book, impossible to put down.”—Herb McCormick, sailing journalist

Ironclad

Author: Paul Clancy
Publisher: Koehler Books
ISBN: 9780984031610
Release Date: 2011-10
Genre: History

Clancy weaves three great sea adventures into a single mesmerizing tale of life and death. Naval heroism, the cold heart of battle, a killing storm, deep-water salvage, flesh-and-blood historyN"Ironclad" has it all.