Close to the Wind

Close to the Wind : An Extraordinary Story of Triumph Over Adversity

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Pete Goss became a national and international hero when he rescued French yachtsman Raphael Dinelli as his boat sank beneath him in the round-the-world single-handed sailing race, the Vendee Globe, on Christmas Day 1996. In doing so Pete scuppered his own chances in the race but was awarded the Legion d'Honneur by France's president and made a friend for life in Dinelli. Close to the Wind is his own story of the race and its dramas, his revolutionary boat, Aqua Quorum, his thoughts and emotions during four months of solitude at sea, the extraordinary surgery that he had to perform on his own elbow and the aftermath of the rescue in the Southern Ocean.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 116 x 179 x 23mm | 218g
  • Headline Book Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2 x 8pp col
  • 0747259380
  • 9780747259381
  • 281,459

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'Goss writes about his experiences in a conversational and direct style that brings alive the terrors of the open sea' The Sunday Times 'His heroism and modesty redeem the gun-ho bits of this mesmerising memoir. Buy it' The Times 'Tense, fast-moving and illustrated with colour photographs that put you in the middle of the action' New York Times 'Prose as trim as his vessel . . . incredible' Kirkus Reviews 'In my book, he will always be Pete Goss, BFBH: bona fide British hero' Tim Jeffrey in Daily Telegraph 'The story is a compelling one. Goss's prose is honest and unexaggerated.' Independent on Sunday 'A truly inspirational, incredible story. . . ' South Wales Argus 'A lot of people will be sending out for a copy of Close to the Wind to see if they can find out a little more about [Goss]. They will be richly rewarded.' Independent 'His down-to-earth storytelling is gripping. His modesty is endearing. His dedication to a cause and the manner of achieving it are humbling and inspiring' Cambridge Evening News 'It is far from just a book about the Vendee events, but a soul-bearing autobiography' Western Morning News 'Just buy it, you'll love it, a real life adventure story' Royal Yachting Association 'The story of a brave man; a man who turned into the teeth of a hurricane to save the life of a fellow competitor in a single-handed round-the-world yacht race. A wonderful book. I recommend it.' Spectator 'Goss takes you so vividly on board with him . . . he has a genuine talent for writing tense narrative.' Independent 'More impressive than fiction could ever be . . . compelling' Independent on Sunday 'This is a wonderful book, a book to make the reader realise that he or she could never be a hero. I recommend it.' Michael Beaumont, Spectator 'Parents, wives and sisters who buy this book for the family daredevil must read it first. It celebrates an ancient, beautiful way of being human.'
Libby Purves in The Times 'Nothing Ian Fleming wrote has you wondering so anxiously how the hero is going to get out of this pickle' Independent CLOSE TO THE WIND - Quotes
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About Pete Goss

Pete Goss is a professional yachtsman and a former member of the Royal Marines. After nine years in the Marines he left to embark on a full-time sailing career which led to success in the single-handed transatlantic race and the Vendee Globe, during which he rescued fellow-yachtsman Raphael Dinelli. He continues to sail all over the world and lives in Cornwall with his family.
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329 ratings
4.01 out of 5 stars
5 33% (110)
4 40% (131)
3 22% (74)
2 3% (11)
1 1% (3)
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