Godforsaken Sea: Racing the World's Most Dangerous Waters

Godforsaken Sea: Racing the World's Most Dangerous Waters

by Derek Lundy
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Godforsaken Sea: Racing the World's Most Dangerous Waters by Derek Lundy

Godforsaken Sea is the hair-raising account of the world's most demanding, dangerous, and deadly sailing race. Around the world, one sailor, one boat, no stops, no assistance.

Author Derek Lundy's vivid book follows the field of the 1996 - 1997 Vendee Globe through the race's grueling four-month circumnavigation of the globe, most of it through the terror of the Southern Ocean.

Lundy narrates the race through the eyes and experiences of sixteen sailors - fourteen men and two women - who embdoy the best and most eccentric aspects of our human condition. There's the gallant Brit who spends days beating back against the worst seas to save a fellow sailor; the Frenchman who bothers to salvage only a bottle of champagne from his broken and sinking boat; the sailor who comes to love the albatross that trails her for months, naming it Bernard; the sailor who calmly smokes a cigarette as his boat capsizes; and the Canadian who, hours before he disappears forever, dispatches this message:

If you drag things out too long here, you're sure to come to grief.

With the literary touch of Saint-Exupery and Conrad, Derek Lundy harnesses hurricane-force winds, six story waves, icebergs, and deafening noise. And he lays bare the spirit of the men and women who push themselves to the outer limits of human endeavor - even if it means never returning home.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616202477
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date: 09/20/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 464,618
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Derek Lundy is an experienced amateur sailor. A lawyer by training and a writer by profession, he is the author of Scott Turow: Meeting the Enemy. He lives in Toronto.

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Godforsaken Sea: Racing the World's Most Dangerous Waters 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is as great a resource as it is reputed to be. Buy the hard copy as the Nook version ruins the illustrations and photographs
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I don't race sail boats and I've never been on a boat with land out of sight, this book makes it feel as if the intensity of five story breaking waves is directly over your head. I couldn't put it down from the moment I started. Ironically, I read it at the beach with the sound of the sea in my ears and the taste of saltwater in my mouth.