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    DescriptionIn August 1979, the 600-mile Fastnet Race, which began in fine weather off the Irish coast, became, for the men and women sailing it, a terrifying ordeal. A Force 10, 60-knot storm swept across the Atlantic, with a speed that confounded weathermen, into the fleet of 303 boats. For 24 hours, over 2500 men and women were smashed by 40-foot breaking waves. John Rousmaniere, who was there, tells the story of this great disaster in the history of yachting.

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    Fastnet Force 10
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) John Rousmaniere
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 221 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 408 g
    ISBN 13: 9780393308655
    ISBN 10: 0393308650

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T18.3
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T General Subject: 760
    BIC subject category V2: WSB
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 04
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Libri: I-SR
    BIC subject category V2: BT, WSSN3
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 94
    Ingram Subject Code: SR
    DC21: 797.14
    BISAC V2.8: SPO019000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1970
    BISAC V2.8: SPO036000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24430
    BISAC V2.8: SPO012000
    B&T Approval Code: A09304040
    DC22: 797.14
    LC classification: GV832.R68
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: GV832 .R68 2000
    Thema V1.0: SPNG, SCB, DNX
    Edition statement
    New ed of 2 Revised ed
    Illustrations note
    colour photographs
    WW Norton & Co
    Imprint name
    WW Norton & Co
    Publication date
    17 April 2000
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    There are few new lessons in safety at sea. What we teach is the accumulated wisdom of centuries, passed down to us by those who took the trouble to think and then to write. [Fastnet, Force 10] is still the best single source of those lessons, in my view.... Thanks for a great book and a lifetime of caring for those who go down to the sea in ships. --John Bonds, Safety-at-sea expert and former director of the U.S. Sailing Association and the U.S. Naval Academy sailing program"
    Review text
    It was more than 20 years ago that an exceptional conjunction of weather conditions coincided with one of the great classic events in ocean yacht racing. The tragic chaos that was caused to the 650-mile race whose course ran from Cowes on the Isle of Wight, around the Fastnet Rock at the southern extremity of Ireland, and back to Plymouth, is argued about and discussed with awe to this day. On 11th August 1979, 303 well-found yachyts crossed the starting line. The weather forecast was not unusual for this notoriously stormy stretch of water, but the forecast was wrong. Experienced skippers found themselves facing the worst conditions of wind and sea most of them had ever encountered. The storm force 10 winds caused short, mountainous, confused seas that tested boats and men to their limits, and in some cases beyond them. Twenty four yachts were abandoned in various states of wreck, and five sank. Fifteen men were drowned and many injured. Eighty five boats limped over the finish line, most of them badly damaged. Rousmaniere is an experienced yachtsman and journalist who was a leading crew member aboard 'Toscana', one of the American yachts in the race. His first-hand knowledge of the conditions gives great authority to this admirably balanced account of the disaster and heroic rescue operation mounted at the height of the storm that saved many lives. There have been other yachting tragedies since, but none so great. Rousmaniere does well to remind us that part of the compulsion of ocean racing is its raw danger, but that the sea's power is ultimately far greater than man's. (Kirkus UK)