Sailing Solo: The Legendary Sailors and the Great Races

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A lavish, full-color chronicle of the most grueling single-handed yacht races in the world

Ever since Joshua Slocum circumnavigated the globe in 1895-98, sailors have dreamed of taking to the high seas alone. Many have devoted their lives to the dream; some have given their lives.

With gorgeous, full-color photography and dramatic prose, Sailing Solo pays homage to the world's greatest sailors as it explores every major single-handed race, from...

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Overview

A lavish, full-color chronicle of the most grueling single-handed yacht races in the world

Ever since Joshua Slocum circumnavigated the globe in 1895-98, sailors have dreamed of taking to the high seas alone. Many have devoted their lives to the dream; some have given their lives.

With gorgeous, full-color photography and dramatic prose, Sailing Solo pays homage to the world's greatest sailors as it explores every major single-handed race, from the pioneering Ostar to the grueling Figaro, to the ultimate of all solo competitions, the Vendee Globe, in which sailors surf down40-foot waves at speeds in excess of 20knots, thousands of miles from any help.

Single-handed racing has never been more popular. As many as 200,000 people braved winter weather to witness Ellen Macarthur's completion of the Vendee Globe in 2001.

The author, a veteran single hander, traces the history of each race, introducing the skippers and the incredible boats they fly solo—offering readers a unique and awe inspiring glimpse into what makes sailors tackle that ultimate of all challenges: sailing alone.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071418454
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/2/2003
  • Edition description: First North American Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Nic Compton was brought up on boats in the Mediterranean. After gaining an Honors Degree in English at Exeter University, he tried his hand at boatbuilding for a few years. While working in Greece he bought a 32-foot (9.75 m) William Atkins double-ender, sister ship to Knox-Johnston's Suhaili, which he sailed back to the U.K. After a postgraduate course in journalism he became deputy editor, then editor, of Classic Boat from 1994 - 2000. He now works as a freelance writer, contributing to Yachting Monthly, Boat International, and Motorboats and Yachting.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Ellen MacArthurIntroductionThe BackgroundProfile: Robin Knox-JohnstonEurope 1 New Man StarProfile: Eric TabarlyFigaro SolitaireProfile: Philippe PouponMini-TransatProfile: Isabelle AutissierRoute Du RhumProfile: Mike BirchAround AloneProfile: Christophe AuguinVendée GlobeProfile: Ellen MacArthurOther Solo RacesProfile: Brad Van LiewThe WinnersBibliography Glossary IndexAcknowledgments

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2003

    An excellent and attractive overview of the sport

    Some of my fellow racers gave me this book as a 'thank-you' for putting together a recent 400 mile offshore event. The book is great, highlighting the development of the sport from its earliest days though the most recent winners and technological innovations. Of course it's impossible to cover every single aspect of the sport in detail in one book, and for those who want to learn more this is not the 'ultimate compendium'. It is also not a 'how to' book. This is a history book in a way, and for anyone intersted in learning about how singlehanded racing across oceans has developed, this is a fantastic introduction. There are tons of great pictures, it could almost be a 'coffee table book' for the quality of pictures, but the reading content is there. I strongly recommend it.

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