Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Godforsaken Sea: Racing the World's Most Dangerous Waters by Derek Lundy

First sentence:

"Until Christmas Day 1996, the race had been a typically robust version of previous Vendee Globe and BOC races."


"Godforsaken Sea is the hair-raising account of the world's most demanding and dangerous sailing race: around the world, one sailor, one boat, no stops, no assistance.

This is the story of the 1996-1997 Vendee Globe, a grueling four-month circumnavigation of the globe in the most dangerous of all waters, the Southern Ocean. Through the eyes and experiences of the fourteen men and two women who began the race, author Derek Lundy harnesses the hurricane-force winds, the six-story waves, the icebergs, Dan the deafening noise in an effort to expose the spirit of the men and women who push themselves to the outer limits of human endeavor - even if it means never returning home.

You'll meet the gallant Brit who spends days beating back against the worst seas to save a fellow racer; 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 veteran who calmly keeps smoking his 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 Conrad and Saint-Exupery, Derek Lundy elevates a compelling story into an eloquent meditation on danger and an appreciation of danger seeks who embody the best and most eccentric aspects of our human condition"

My thoughts:

Great book! It's amazing how even in this age of communication, sailors can still find a remote part of the world to sail in. I've done some amateur sailing when I was younger, so I understood many of the references, but I would not be able to face the 50-60 foot waves, the constant wind, and the threat of icebergs!

Date read: 7/4/2007
Book #: 57
Rating: 3* = good
Genre: Nonfiction

ISBN-10: 1565122291
ISBN-13: 9781565122291
Publisher: Algonquin Books Of Chapel Hill
Year: 1998
# of Pages: 312
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