Survive the Savage Sea

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In June 1972, the 43-foor schooner Lucette was attacked by killer whales and sank in 60 seconds. What happened next is almost incredible. In an inflatable rubber raft, with a 9 foot fiberglass dinghy to tow it, Dougal Robertson and his family were miles from any shipping lanes. They had emergency rations for only three days and no maps, compass, or instruments of any kind. After their raft sank under them, they crammed themselves into their tiny dinghy.

For 37 days—using every ...

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Overview

In June 1972, the 43-foor schooner Lucette was attacked by killer whales and sank in 60 seconds. What happened next is almost incredible. In an inflatable rubber raft, with a 9 foot fiberglass dinghy to tow it, Dougal Robertson and his family were miles from any shipping lanes. They had emergency rations for only three days and no maps, compass, or instruments of any kind. After their raft sank under them, they crammed themselves into their tiny dinghy.

For 37 days—using every technique of survival—they battled against 20-foot waves, marauding sharks, thirst, starvation, and exhaustion, adrift in the vast reaches of the Pacific before their ordeal was ended by a Japanese fishing boat. The Robertsons' strong determination shines through the pages of this extraordinary book which describes movingly their daily hopes and fears, crises and triumphs, tensions and heartbreaks.

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Editorial Reviews

Washington Post Book World
For stark excitement, marine natural history, practical lessons, and human love and stresses, few records, if any, of hazard and survival have ever bettered it.
Nicholas Monsarrat
What a brave man, what an eloquent writer! In case of shipwreck I would send for Dougal Robertson or, in absence of him, reread his book in order to find out what on earth to do next.
Sailing
...[a] well-written account....an unexpectedly personal view of a man's physical and a woman's emotional courage that, when bonded, produced the strength to survive.
nnn Cruising World
[The Robertsons] survived and their tale is a triumph of human resource and determination against terrible odds.
Review Of Higher Education
For stark excitement, marine natural history, practical lessons, and human love and stresses, few records, if any, of hazard and survival have ever bettered it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780924486739
  • Publisher: Sheridan House, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Series: Mariner's Library
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 369,821
  • Product dimensions: 5.49 (w) x 8.45 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Dougal Robertson was born in Scotland in 1924 and spent the war in the Merchant Marine. He and his wife Lyn lived on a farm in England for a number of years before deciding to go on a circumnavigation with their children. They now live in France.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Author's Acknowledgements
Glossary of Sailing Terms
Prologue
Part One: the Attack
Part Two: Castaways
Part Three: Safety
Part Four: Coincidence
Part Five: The Last Analysis
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  • Posted January 27, 2012

    Highly recommended

    If you own a boat no matter what size this book is a great one to read... It is a great book to read on a rainy day...
    There is so many things in the book that makes you very happy that you are safe and dry..
    I changed the way I packed for a trip on our boats over the years.. and where I had it stored...


    Nita js

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2003

    Truth of Human Nature's Survival.

    This is one of the best survival adventure stories. The Robertsons are attempting a circumnavigation when their yacht is sunk by killer whales in the Pacific Ocean. With very few provisions, an inflatable raft (which later sinks) and a dinghy the Robertsons are able to survive 38 days on the ocean under extreme conditions. Dougal Robertson's account of the adventure is gripping, at sometimes understated and brutally honest. Robertson was probably not an easy man to get along with but his indomitability, his command presence and force of will, coupled with his wife's emotional strength, got their family through. It is a tremendous story of leadership under the most extreme circumstances. While looking up information on the Robertsons I was happy to find their own website, ... but was saddened to read that both Dougal and Lyn Robertson have since passed away. One of their twin sons however is preparing to embark on a round-the-world cruise with his own family soon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2000

    Incredible Story of Survival

    I read this book over twenty years ago and promised myself if I every took up sailing I would have it on board as a survival guide. I have recommended this reading to many, many people. It is an amazing story of a family's dealing with one challenge after another while shipwrecked on the sea. A must read. I am hoping to find it in an audio version soon.

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