Fastnet Force 10

Fastnet Force 10

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  • Hardback | 287 pages
  • 150 x 230mm
  • Lymington, United Kingdom
  • Ill.5M.
  • 0245535748
  • 9780245535741

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The most exciting storm-at-sea story in years, involving 303 yachts in the Fastnet Race off the coast of England, multiple deaths, and one after another shipboard horror. In 1979, a fantastic depression formed over the Great Plains, crossed the States and then the Atlantic in just over four days. Meanwhile, 3000 sailors were midway through the 600-mile race and found themselves truly at sea when the surprise Force 10 gale hit them. Many of the yachts were too small for the tremendous wind pressures and towering waves that plunged them into troughs at 12 knots an hour, dismasting and capsizing some and stripping their decks bare. Three of the worst-hit and unluckiest ships are followed up close - Grimalkin, Trophy, and Ariadne - as is the Toscana, the yacht on which author Rousmaniere himself sailed as watch captain. The Toscana was a luxuriously outfitted racing yacht, a Mercedes Benz by comparison with the stripped down Ferraris it was competing against. Rousmaniere had already been through several gales in his career and didn't think much of this one until reports came over the wireless of men dying in the race. Then the storm hits full force, and the reader watches crew after crew battle the battering insanity or try to abandon ship in rafts that tear apart in the wind. Meanwhile, rescue ships and helicopter teams set forth to recover as many as possible - but can they make headway against the wind? It's gripping indeed as crewmen are swept away and wave farewell before falling out of sight forever. (Kirkus Reviews)show more