The Hal Roth Seafaring Trilogy: Three True Stories of Adventure under Sail: Two on a Big Ocean/Two Against Cape Horn/the Longest Race / Edition 1

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Big adventures on the high seas—from one of the greatest seafaring writers of our age

Hal Roth’s vivid, authentic tales of the sea have riveted readers around the world for forty years. Here, in one volume, are three of his classic sea stories, each one a white-knuckled, rail-down voyage into the unknown.

A hard-working San Francisco husband and wife abandon their jobs, their security, and, some would say, their sanity to sail their 35-foot sloop to Japan and back—the long way! Over the next nineteen months, they discover exotic islands, fascinating people, and a whole new way of life.

A few years later these intrepid voyagers decide to try their luck against Cape Horn, but they will need a lot more than luck to survive the vicious storms, violent seas, and perilous shores of the world’s most dangerous stretch of water.

Then nine courageous sailors accept a challenge to do what has never been done before: to race alone, in a small sailboat, around the world—nonstop. Only one will complete the race; seven will be forced to withdraw, and one will simply disappear.

“Roth writes with grace, humor, and poetic insight about the vastness and beauty of the ocean.”—Library Journal

“By all means read all of Hal Roth you can find.”—Practical Sailor

“Roth’s books about his life at sea, including Two on a Big Ocean and Two Against Cape Horn, are universally listed among the most influential sailing books ever published.”—SpinSheet

“Roth can charm you out of your armchair.”—Kirkus

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Library Journal
This heavily illustrated hardcover combines Roth's Two on a Big Ocean, Two Against Cape Horn, and The Longest Race. Roth writes well and truly conveys the adventure. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071461337
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/31/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 864
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Hal Roth left his career as a journalist and editor more than thirty-five years ago and, with his wife, Margaret, went sailing. Since then, they have crossed all the oceans of the world and sailed to a thousand foreign ports and anchorages. Hal also raced twice around the world singlehanded, in the BOC Challenges of 1986-87 and 1990-91. He has accumulated 200,000 voyaging miles and has sailed to the Aleutian Islands, Japan, the North American West Coast, throughout the South Pacific, around South America, the Caribbean, the U.S. East Coast, Newfoundland, Labrador, and the Indian Ocean, Red Sea, and Mediterranean. He has crossed the Pacific five times and the Atlantic eleven times and has rounded Cape Horn three times. A graceful writer and accomplished photographer, Hal has written eight books about his adventures and one how-to book, After 50,000 Miles, which has sold more than 60,000 copies in its various editions. Two Against Cape Horn, Two on a Big Ocean, and Always a Distant Anchorage rank among the true classics of voyaging literature. He is one of the world’s half dozen most accomplished sailing writers.

HOMETOWN: St. Michaels, MD

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Table of Contents

Two on a Big Ocean1. An Idea2. The Long Crossing3. So Lofty and Green4. The People of the Sea5. Everybody's Paradise6. Where Are the Cooks? 7. The Smallest Island8. The Heart of Polynesia9. Twice Adopted10. The Back Door to Yesterday11. Close to Shipwreck12. The Porpoise Is Dead, the Whale Is Sunk13. A Large Outrigger Has Been Sighted14. Where Are You, Magellan? 15. A Sail in Japan16. Are the Aleutians Cold? 17. Gales, Totems, and EaglesAppendix: A Few Notes on WhisperNotesTwo Against Cape HornMaps1. Where Do Ideas Come From? 2. A Change of Wind3. A Rustle of Fabric4. The Fjord in the Mountains5. Black Hulls and Shellfish6. Who Was Anna Pink? 7. Condors and Shipwrecks8. Strong Winds9. Shipwreck10. Salvage11. A Giant Repair12. South Again14. Final Triumph NotesThe Longest RaceIllustrationsThe Nine ContestantsBeaufort Wind Scale1. Without Stopping2. The Early Starters3. Sharks and Giant Yachts4. The Middle Starters5. Different Captains6. The Late Starters7. What Do They Do All Day? 8. Capsize9. Oysters and Pheasant10. Collision at Cape Agulhas11. A View of Death12. The Impractical Sailor13. "Come On God"14. South from Trindade15. Across the Indian Ocean16. The Documented Liar17. A Hell of a Prospect18. "Nasty Hissing Seas"19. A Slice of His Soul20. On to Cape Horn21. The Gentle Philosopher22. The Battered Trimaran23. Back to the South Atlantic24. Homeward Bound25. A Separate Peace26. Meeting with Himself27. Valiant to the End28. The Winner29. The Loser30. The Last WordBibliography

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