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  • The Strange Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst
  • A World of My Own
  • Fatal Storm - 10th Anniversary edition

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    A VOYAGE FOR MADMEN.
    By Peter Nichols. Pbk, 134mm x 204mm, 298 pages.
    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.

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    THE STRANGE LAST VOYAGE OF DONALD CROWHURST.
    By Nicholas Tomalin & Ron Hall. Paperback, 0.18kg, 130mm x 198mm, 248 pages, black & white images. (This edition published 2016).
    In the autumn of 1968, Donald Crowhurst set out from England in an improbable-looking plywood trimarans to compete in the first singlehanded nonstop round-the-world sailboat race. Although his previous sailing experience was limited, his boat unready, and the electronic gadgetry of his own design unfinished and untested, Crowhurst had managed to persuade first and affluent backer, then the contest judges, and, finally England’s media to regard him as a serious contender. Sailing south through the Atlantic, he radioed reports of record-breaking sailing performances. In the South Atlantic he announced that low battery power would require him to maintain radio silence through the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Eleven weeks later he broke his silence to tell the world he had rounded Cape Horn and was sailing north for England, the elapsed-time leader of the race. Then tragedy struck. Eight months after his departure, Crowhurst’s Teigmouth Electron was discovered adrift in an eerie mid-Atlantic calm, intact but without the skipper.

    In this tour de force of investigative journalism, Nicholas Tomalin and Ron Hall tell the story of Donald Crowhurst’s ill-fated voyage. Working from Crowhurst’s recovered logs and diaries, the authors reconstruct the events leading up to his disappearance: his first few weeks at sea and his growing distrust of his boat; his attempts to come to grips with imminent failure; his decision to hide out mid-ocean in the South Atlantic, away from shipping lanes, faking a round-the-world journey; and his final, desperate escape from discovery as the would-be perpetrator of one of the biggest hoaxes in sailing history.

    From in-depth interviews with Crowhurst’s family and friends and telling excerpts from his logbooks, Tomalin and Hall develop a tale of tragic self-delusion and public deception, a haunting portrait of a complex, deeply troubled man and his journey into the heart of darkness.

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    A WORLD OF MY OWN
    By Robin Knox-Johnson. Pbk, 137mm x 216mm, 244 pages. Reissued 2020
    On Friday 14 June 1968 Suhaili, a tiny ketch, slipped almost unnoticed out of Falmouth harbour with a solitary figure at her helm; the modest, likeable, 29-year old merchant navy officer, Robin Knox-Johnston. Ten and a half months later Suhaili, paintwork peeling and rust streaked, her once white sails weathered and brown, sailed triumphantly back to Falmouth to a fantastic reception for the laughing young Englishman who had become the first man to sail round the world non-stop single-handed.
    It was an incredible adventure, and every temptation to abandon the voyage came Robin's way; his water tanks were polluted, a storm put his radio out of action, his self-steering gear disintegrated, his main boom collapsed, his tiller sheered off, but he refused to give up.
    A World of My Own is Robin Knox-Johnston's enthralling and inspiring account of one of the greatest sea adventures of our time.

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    FATAL STORM, The 54th Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.
    By Rob Mundle. Pbk, 130mm x 200mm, 380 pages, colour photographs.
    This deals with the same topic as Proving Ground above. The Sydney to Hobart yacht race is one of the world's major sporting events. In 1998 it became one of the world's major sporting disasters. Six sailors tragically lost their lives and countless others suffered injuries, and numerous yachts sank or were badly damaged. The subsequent search and rescue operation was one of the most phenomenally accomplished peacetime efforts the world has ever seen.
    In this fully updated edition to mark the 10th anniversary of the tumultuous race, Rob Mundle, one of Australia’s leading journalists and yachtsmen, tells this story of challenge and survival with compassion, vigour and understanding.

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