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From Barnes & NobleThe Barnes & Noble Review from Discover Great New Writers
Discover has introduced readers to a number of Outside magazine writers: Sebastian Junger for one, and Hampton Sides, the winner of our inaugural nonfiction Discover Award, who penned the runaway bestseller Ghost Soldiers. Well, throw on your life jacket and prepare to get wet, 'cause we've got another thrill ride headed your way -- The Race, by another Outside alum, Tim Zimmermann.
It takes a special breed of sailor to enter a no-holds-barred, round-the-world sprint. The fastest boat for the job -- a catamaran -- is a cramped, relatively fragile vessel built for handling the enormous waves, howling winds, and occasional free-floating icebergs that come, part and parcel, with our planet's deep blue water. And the cost of building a top-notch craft and assembling a trained crew runs into the millions. But for the right sort of captain, the adrenaline rush, the challenge, and the call of the open sea are irresistible. When "The Race" got underway in late 2000, six boats crossed the starting line off the coast of Barcelona. Their quest to circle the globe in record time quickly evolved into a game of chicken between the four newest, high-tech vessels. Sixty-two days and seven hours later, the winner would cross the finish line at Marseilles, having covered 27,407 miles at an average speed of 18.3 knots, the fastest circumnavigation in history.
Tim Zimmermann's story of "The Race" and his richly detailed account of the forerunners of extreme sailing make for an exhilarating tale of what it takes to survive the unpredictable sea -- and remain competitive. (Summer 2002 Selection)