Racing the World's Most Dangerous WatersBook - 1999
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.
Baker & Taylor
Recounts the events and stories of the participants in the four-month circumnavigation yacht race called the Vendee Globe
An account of the dangerous 1996-1997 VendTe Globe race, a four month circumnavigation of the Southern Ocean by single-person sailboats. The author tells the story of the race in which one sailor died and many came close to dying from the point of view of the sailors and describes the physical and psychological dangers they faced. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)