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In August of 1979, Nick Ward began the 600-mile course of the UK's Fastnet Race with perfect weather. Within 48 hours, the deadliest storm in the history of modern sailing had blasted through the Irish Sea. By the time it had passed, it had thrown one of the world's most prestigious races into bedlam and taken the lives of fifteen sailors. Ward's boat, Grimalkin, was capsized again and again, and the skipper lost overboard; after hours of struggle, three of the crew fled the boat for the liferaft. Nick and his crewmate Gerry, both injured, unconscious, and presumed dead, were abandoned on the beleaguered yacht. Gerry died a few hours later, and Nick was left alone to face down a storm that has become legendary among sailors and racing fans alike. "Left for Dead" is Nick Ward's harrowing and inspirational memoir of how he survived that dreadful night. After his dramatic rescue, Ward was overwhelmed by media and decided in 1980 not to speak of the incident again. It wasn't until this book's coauthor, Sinead O'Brien, approached him about the story that he began the personal writings that became this book. Here at last is the untold true story of an accident that has intrigued lovers of the sea for almost thirty years.
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About the Author
Nick Ward is the survivor of one of the worst sailing accidents of modern history. He lives in Hamble, England, with his wife. They have one son. Sinead O'Brien is an author and documentary filmmaker living in Dublin.
Table of Contents
Breaking the Silence 1
The Jewel in the Crown 4
Watches and Lighthouses 17
Still Waters 30
Ochre Sky 39
Off the Scale 52
Dark Alleys 60
Before Light, After Dawn 65
Muddled Mind 77
Footprints in the Sand 84
Blood-tinged Red Roses 89
Dead or Alive? 101
Softly, Softly, Catchee Monkey 106
Unmarked Time 114
Falling Forward 124
In My Mind's Eye 130
Horizon to Horizon 139
Revisiting Grimalkin - 26 years on 169
Grimalkin's Layout and Plans 174
Fastnet 1979 - Retirements and Finishers 176