Author: Nicholas Gray
Publisher: The Conrad Press
Release Date: 2018-09-24
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
In 1969, the first two men landed on the moon. There were five other landings, leading to a total of twelve astronauts standing on the moon. A further six circled above while the world watched. Also in 1969, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston was the first man to sail solo non-stop around the world south of Cape Horn. He was the eighth of only eleven men who rounded the Horn alone before the final moon landing. Those eleven men had no-one watching them. This dramatic and exciting book, written so vividly you can feel the sea's spray on your face and taste the salt on your lips, tells the story of the lives of those eleven men and their sailing exploits, and compares and contrasts their voyages with what the twelve space astronauts achieved. 'One famous astronaut spoke of "a small step for man, one great leap for mankind". For those who go to sea, rather than into space, there's no greater step than rounding the Horn.' From the preface, written by Paul Heiney
Author: Robin Knox-Johnston
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Release Date: 1994-05-01
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Robin Knox-Johnston's A World of My Own has become a classic account of the first non-stop, single-handed voyage around the world. In June, 1968, the twenty-nine-year-old Knox-Johnston sailed his ketch, the Suhaili virtually unnoticed out of Falmouth harbor. Sheer determination helped him to survive, among other things, the disintegration of the self-steering system, polluted water tanks and acid burns.
Answering all of the important questions, this book shows not just how to sail an ocean for the first time, but also how to enjoy it. There are insights into the social as well as nautical reality of preparing the boat, the comfort of having highly detailed plans, the inside story of life with a crew, coping with unexpected gales and calms, the live-or-die decision to keep watches or not and the ports of call from Spain to Tobago via the Atlantic islands and West Africa. This fourth edition has been substantially expanded, with extra information on: - types of boat, anchoring, sleep and watch keeping - weather and climate, and the impact of Atlantic weather systems on timings and conditions of crossings - latest developments in technology (navigation, self steering, equipment) - alternatives to the standard routes across - sailing back from the US to the UK - this edition will get you home! 'I shall enjoy dipping into this dream maker, time and again...an excellent guide to the planning of your Atlantic crossing. Read all the other books but keep this one beside you' Cruising Association 'Offers down to earth advice based on hard-won experience' Yachting Monthly 'Covers everything the novice sailor needs to know for a voyage across the Atlantic' Practical Boat Owner
Author: Chris Eakin
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: 2009-04-02
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
The true story of the tragic round-the-world yacht race - now the subject of The Mercy, starring Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz In 1968, the Sunday Times organised the Golden Globe race–an incredible test of endurance never before attempted–a round the world yacht race that must be completed single-handed and non-stop. This remarkable challenge inspired those daring to enter–with or without sailing experience. A Race Too Far is the story of how the race unfolded, and how it became a tragedy for many involved. Of the nine sailors who started the race, four realised the madness of the undertaking and pulled out within weeks. The remaining five each have their own remarkable story. Chay Blyth, fresh from rowing the Atlantic with John Ridgway, had no sailing experience but managed to sail round the Cape of Good Hope before retiring. Nigel Tetley sank while in the lead with 1,100 nautical miles to go, surviving but dying in tragic circumstances two years later. Donald Crowhurst began showing signs of mental illness and tried to fake a round the world voyage. His boat was discovered adrift in an apparent suicide, but his body was never found. Bernard Moitessier abandoned the race and carried on to Tahiti, where he settled and fathered a child despite having a wife and family in Paris. Robin Knox-Johnston was the only one to complete the race. Chris Eakin recreates the drama of the epic race, talking to all those touched by the Golden Globe: the survivors, the widows and the children of those who died. It is a book that both evokes the primary wonder of the adventure itself and reflects on what it has come to mean to both those involved and the rest of us in the forty years since.
Author: Bernard Moitessier
Publisher: Sheridan House, Inc.
Release Date: 1995
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
The adventures of Bernard Moitessier--French sailor, explorer and writer, in his own words. This memoir encompasses his childhood in Southeast Asia, his war experience fighting the Viet Minh, and his numerous sea exploits.
Cape Horn's fearsome reputation and the price it has extacted from those who venture there derives from a lethal contrivance of geography that unleashes the most powerful natural dynamic forces on the earth's surface. Reaching deep into the Southern Ocean, the Cape intrudes into the flow of the water and weather patterns at the bottom of the world and funnels them into a maritime superhighway a mere 500 miles wide, building massive seas and accelerating wind speeds to hurricane strength. Currents rip at rates that defeat powerful engines. These legendarily treacherous conditions were enough to secure Cape Horn's reputation as the ultimate in ocean violence; the supreme test of sailors and ships. It is the oceanic equivalent of the climbers' Everest, and the challenge to some became irresistible. The roll call of sailors who have managed to round the Horn east-about (and more rarely, head to wind and west-about) glitters with the names of sailing legends: Vito Dumas, Marcel Bardiaux, Francis Chichester, Robin Knox-Johnston, Bernard Moitessier and Chay Blyth. This book recounts the history of the Cape through the stories of the people who've taken it on and made it round – the Cape Horners' Club. From the first recorded single-hander in 1934 (Al Hansen, who was lost shortly afterwards and his body never found), we follow these very different protagonists as they pursue the ultimate goal while battling almost overwhelming odds. Woven through their stories is a history of the Cape, from its discovery to its use as a trading corridor until the opening of the Panama Canal, to its more recent role as a pure challenge for the best yachtsmen and yachtswomen in the world. Changes in weather prediction and navigation have had a huge impact, but the pressure for ever-faster times has never been greater.
With over 240 photographs, this comprehensive book explores the exciting world of sailing, from sailboats of the past to present state-of-the-art equipment, as well as detailed accounts of competitions and regattas from around the world, complete with diagrams of maneuvers and illustrated course maps.