Berserk: My Voyage to the Antarctic in a Twenty-Seven-Foot Sailboat

Berserk: My Voyage to the Antarctic in a Twenty-Seven-Foot Sailboat

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by David Mercy
     
 

“THIS IS SUICIDE!” MANUEL SCREAMED FRANTICALLY. “WE’VE GOT TO GO BACK BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!”

So begins the amazing true story of three men who shared the dream of going to Antarctica. The crew—a Norwegian captain barely above the age of twenty, an Argentinian newlywed, and the author—made their way from the

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“THIS IS SUICIDE!” MANUEL SCREAMED FRANTICALLY. “WE’VE GOT TO GO BACK BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!”

So begins the amazing true story of three men who shared the dream of going to Antarctica. The crew—a Norwegian captain barely above the age of twenty, an Argentinian newlywed, and the author—made their way from the southern tip of South America through the Roaring Forties and Furious Fifties on a small sailboat in a terrifically difficult mission to see the world’s coldest, most dangerous, and inaccessible continent.
In Berserk, author David Mercy brilliantly recounts what it is like to experience the seemingly endless pounding of wind and waves, the solitary four-hour shifts of cold bleak darkness, and the delicate balance of personalities where a potentially murderous mutiny is always in the making.
In the tradition of such wonderful yarns as Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air, Mercy deftly weaves the experiences of the sailing trip of a lifetime with humor, personal observations, and the personal inner journey that is the hallmark of all great adventures.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
In fall 1998, writer and filmmaker Mercy was following the "hippie trail," backpacking through South America to its southernmost tip, where he desperately hoped to find passage to Antarctica, the only continent he hadn't visited. Word of mouth took him to Jarle Andhoey, a Norwegian hours away from departing on his 27' fiberglass sailboat Berserk to sail from Ushuaia, Chile, to Antarctica and then South Africa. Despite warnings, Mercy and an aimless Argentinean named Manuel signed on for the trip. Luck and skill brought the group through a hurricane in the Drake Passage and eventually to their destination, but not before Manual rebelled, spending his days in a sleeping bag eating all the chocolate and demanding to be returned to shore. An interesting and at times comic tale, recommended for public libraries and travel collections. Melissa Stearns, Franklin Pierce Coll. Lib., Rindge, NH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592282777
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/2004
Edition description:
First edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author


David Mercy is a director and producer of independent films. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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