Close to the Wind

Close to the Wind

by Pete Goss
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Close to the Wind by Pete Goss

On November 3, 1996, former Royal Marine Pete Goss embarked on the most grueling competition in his sailing career: the Vendée Globe, a nonstop, single-handed round-the-world yacht race. For the next seven weeks he met every challenge in his stormy path, from combating waves the height of six-story buildings to grappling with his spinnaker in high winds. Then everything began going wrong: His sails were destroyed, his navigation equipment proved useless. And on Christmas Day his radio picked up a Mayday that a French competitor was sinking 160 miles away. Turning into the hurricane-force winds, Goss set out to rescue a near-dead man on a life raft somewhere in the vast wilderness of the merciless southern ocean. How he did it makes this extraordinary tale as amazing as it is thrilling.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786707416
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 05/28/2000
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,218,069
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Pete Goss was born in 1961 and as a child traveled around the world with his parents. He served in the Royal Marines for nine years prior to competing in the Vendée Globe Challenge. Goss has been awarded the Légion d'Honneur, France's highest award for gallantry, and the MBE and has been named Yachtsman of the Year. He lives in Cornwall with his family.

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Close to the Wind 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Captainjakeman More than 1 year ago
Pete Goss is an amazing man and sailor. I've been sailing for 40 some years all around the world so it could be said it would be hard to put one over on me where sailing is concerned. Pete is inspiring and very energetic to say the least. He writes of his adventure and ordeals and what an awesome book this is! I highly recommend it to anyone whether they know anything about sailing or not, it's helped me get off my lazy ass from time to time and expect more out of myself and do more. Read it.