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Beyond Endurance: 300 Boats, 600 Miles, and One Deadly Storm Paperback – May 6, 2008


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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart; Reprint edition (May 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771057032
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771057038
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6.5 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,424,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“[A] dramatic tale of grit and stamina.”
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“Readers — sailors and non-sailors alike — will shiver with fear and cold as the yachts sail on the edge of control.”
Halifax Chronicle Herald

“A gripping page-turner. . . . Mayers also offers a glimpse into the soul of human endurance.”
Toronto Star


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A journalist with the Toronto Star, Adam Mayers is a senior editor of the newspaper’s website. A sailing enthusiast, Mayers's first book on ocean racing was Sea of Dreams (2004). In 1979, he was living in Cornwall, U.K., when disaster struck the Fastnet race. Today, he and his family live in Oakville.


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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael T Kennedy VINE VOICE on July 11, 2007
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The 1979 Fastnet Race was disaster for yacht racing. A severe storm struck the fleet half way to the turning mark at Fastnet Rock. The smaller boats were the worst affected as they still had miles to go before being able to turn and run for home. The wiser skippers dropped out early and sought shelter. The boats themselves were often poorly designed for the conditions as the rating rule had changed in 1973 and many were designed with rating in mind more than seaworthiness. A major problem was the motion of some of these smaller boats that was so violent that crews chose to abandon ship and go into life rafts when the safer course would have been to stay with the yacht. This is a good account from interviews of surviving crew members. The author is not as knowledgeable about sailing and racing as others who have written accounts of the event but this is a worthwhile addition to the literature about that incident. John Rousmaniere's "Fastnet Force 10" and Adlard Coles' "Heavy Weather Sailing" have more sophisticated accounts but this is worthwhile.
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(1) John Brandt - I haven't read a book non-stop, cover to cover since The Perfect Storm. What a yarn! The fearsome ocean images Mayers painted were palpable. The fear and the superhuman effort to manage it were gut wrenching.
(2) Marilynn Milligan - For me, it was "I can't put this book down until I'm finished reading it." The survival and drama of the race I found very gripping. The ability to swim (or not) probably would barely have helped anyone during that race. My guess is that that kind of challenge would be life-changing, if not immediately, then certainly over the next part of a person's life. It is an amazing book. Now I am thinking about who I know that I can recommend it to who will really enjoy it in the same way that I did. It is truly quite a story!
(3) Bob Hampton - What a great book!...I'm about half way through it and it's difficult to put the book down.... My flight is taxiing down the runway!...I hate it when flights are on time!
(4) Elizabeth Hayes - I had many friends on those boats and heard their stories and private thoughts at the time. Reading this book created a more complete picture of their experiences for me.
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