Fatal Storm: The 54th Sydney to Hobart RacePaperback
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- Publisher: Adlard Coles Nautical
- Format: Paperback | 344 pages
- Dimensions: 127mm x 198mm 378g
- Publication date: 31 July 2003
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0713667508
- ISBN 13: 9780713667509
- Illustrations note: 75 colour photographs
- Sales rank: 1,338,027
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 perished, 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. Telling this story of challenge and survival, this book details the history of the race, the excitement of the start and the thrill of competition. It contains extensive interviews with officials, crews, survivors and rescue service personnel."
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Rob Mundle, one of Australia's leading journalists and yachtsmen has covered the Sydney-Hobart race 30 times and has competed on 3 occasions. He tells this story of challenge and survival with compassion, vigour and understanding. He details the history of the race, the excitement of the start and the thrill of competition, and from his extensive interviews with officials, crews, survivors and rescue service personnel, he relates like no other the calamity and triumph of the 1998 blue water classic.
'Mundle's portrayals of courageous sailors and heroic rescuers fighting for their lives are as vivid as any I have read.' John Rousmaniere, author of Fastnet, Force 10; 'If you have any interest in ocean sailing, or cruise out of sight of land yourself, then this cautionary tale should be a must-read' Cruising; 'An excellent and thought provoking book' Sailing & Boating News