The Strange Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst (The Sailor's Classics #4)

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In the autumn of 1968, Donald Crowhurst set out from England in an improbable-looking plywood trimaran to participate in the first singlehanded nonstop round-the-world sailboat race. Although his previous sailing experience was limited, his boat unready, and the electronic gadgetry of his own design unfinished and untested, Crowhurst had managed to persuade first an affluent backer, then the contest judges, and, finally, England's media to regard him as a serious contender. Sailing south through the Atlantic, he ...
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In the autumn of 1968, Donald Crowhurst set out from England in an improbable-looking plywood trimaran to participate in the first singlehanded nonstop round-the-world sailboat race. Although his previous sailing experience was limited, his boat unready, and the electronic gadgetry of his own design unfinished and untested, Crowhurst had managed to persuade first an affluent backer, then the contest judges, and, finally, England's media to regard him as a serious contender. Sailing south through the Atlantic, he rewarded their belief in him with reports of record-breaking sailing performances. In the South Atlantic he announced that low battery power would require him to maintain radio silence through the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Eleven weeks later he broke his silence to tell the world he had rounded Cape Horn and was sailing north for England, the elapsed-time leader of the race. Then tragedy struck. Eight months after his departure, Crowhurst's Teignmouth Electron was discovered adrift in an eerie mid-Atlantic calm, intact but without her skipper.

In this tour de force of investigative journalism, Nicholas Tomalin and Ron Hall tell the story of Donald Crowhurst's ill-fated voyage. Working from Crowhurst's logs and diaries, the authors reconstruct the events leading up to his disappearance: his first few weeks at sea and his growing distrust of his boat; his attempts to come to grips with imminent failure; his decision to hide out midocean in the South Atlantic, away from the shipping lanes, faking a round-the-world journey; and his final, desperate escape from discovery as the would-be perpetrator of one of the biggest hoaxes in sailing history.

Tomalin and Hall go beyond mere reportage to provide a haunting narrative. From in-depth interviews with Crowhurst's family and friends and telling excerpts from his logbooks, they develop a tale of tragic self-delusion and public deception, a compelling portrait of a complex, deeply troubled man and his journey into the heart of darkness.

With its first publication in 1970, The Strange Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst was an instant classic. Sir Francis Chichester, whose record-setting 1967 circumnavigation inspired the 1968-69 round-the-world race, called it "the sea drama of the century." Robin Knox-Johnston, the winner of the race, has called it "one of the great classic sea stories." You won't be able to put it down, and you won't be able to forget it.

In the fall of 1968, Donald Crowhurst set out from England in his untested trimaran, a competitor in the first single-handed nonstop around-the-world sailboat race. Eight months later, the boat was found in mid-Atlantic with no one on board. This journalistic masterpiece reconstructs what really happened and provides details on one of the greatest hoaxes of our time. 48 illustrations.

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Tomalin's reconstruction of Crowhuurst's life & death, now a classic of the sea, is reprinted here under McGraw's International Marine imprint. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071376129
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 6/1/2001
  • Series: Sailors Classics Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 273
  • Product dimensions: 5.59 (w) x 8.66 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction XI
Authors' Preface XXI
Prologue XXV
1 The Bravest Boy of Them All 1
2 The Great Race 21
3 The Revolutionary Boat 32
4 The Maiden Voyage 50
5 Teignmouth 57
6 The Last Letter 71
7 The First Two Weeks at Sea 75
8 Two Conflicting Testimonies 89
9 The Fraudulent Record 98
10 The Plan 117
11 Christmas 127
12 Silence and Loneliness 139
13 The Secret Landing 151
14 "Heading Digger Ramrez" 160
15 Midnight Oil 173
16 Win or Lose? 181
17 The Inescapable Triumph 191
18 Into the Dark Tunnel 206
19 The Cosmic Mind 223
20 The Great Beauty of Truth 235
Epilogue: And the World Said ... 249
Appendix 1 Donald Crowhurst's Navigation 255
Appendix 2 The Design of Teignmouth Electron 266
Appendix 3 Teignmouth Electron 270
Afterword 272
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