Team Spirit: Life and leadership on one of the world's toughest yacht races

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Team Spirit is a gripping account of a race on the edge, and a young skipper's determined journey to victory. The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is the ultimate long-distance challenge--a thirty-five-thousand-mile circumnavigation of the globe contested by amateur crews in identical racing yachts--a thrilling test of endurance, skill, focus, and determination. The 2010 winner was led by the youngest and least experienced skipper in the race, twenty-eight-year-old Brendan ...

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Team Spirit: Life and Leadership on One of the World's Toughest Yacht Races

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Overview

Team Spirit is a gripping account of a race on the edge, and a young skipper's determined journey to victory. The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is the ultimate long-distance challenge--a thirty-five-thousand-mile circumnavigation of the globe contested by amateur crews in identical racing yachts--a thrilling test of endurance, skill, focus, and determination. The 2010 winner was led by the youngest and least experienced skipper in the race, twenty-eight-year-old Brendan Hall, and his crew in Spirit of Australia.

This book is Hall's story and readers will learn how his phenomenal win was no accident, but the culmination of expert training, skilled navigation, and an innate leadership quality well beyond his years. Drawing on heretofore untested skills and courage, Hall also heroically came to the aid of an injured skipper in a competing yacht during the race and guided both boats across one of the most feared oceans in the world in the middle of a North Pacific hurricane! Hall's brutally honest, no-holds-barred account is revealing and instructive and resonates with valuable lessons in leadership, management, life lessons, and perseverance.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781408187999
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 8/29/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,068,502
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Brendan Hall began sailing at the age of four in his home waters off Brisbane, and was twenty-seven years old when the 2009-10 Clipper Round the World began. He transformed a motley crew of eighteen amateur sailors into a race-winning sailing machine, as all while battling hurricane conditions and gear failure, and rescued two other yachts in the northern Pacific Ocean.

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Table of Contents

Route Map 8

Foreword Sir Robin Knox-Johnston 10

Preface 12

1 Leadership: The only real training for leadership is leadership 14

2 The Race: Every artist was first an amateur 16

3 Inspiration: First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do 20

4 Preparation: To be prepared is half the victory 24

5 Team Spirit: If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself 44

6 Training: We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit 54

7 Racing at Last: Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success 70

8 Judgement: A man should learn to sail in all winds 101

9 Attitude: Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference 128

10 Persistence: No great achievement is possible without persistent work 143

11 Danger: He that will not sail till all dangers are over must never put to sea 165

12 Full Circle: It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves 205

Epilogue 223

The crew of Spirit of Australia 229

Appendix The entire text of my Team SPIRIT vision 233

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