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The race is the Vendee Globe, and The Godforsaken Sea is the story of the 1996-1997 competition. Fourteen men and two women began the race in Les Sables-d'Olonne, France. Six officially finished; three were wrecked and rescued; one sailor performed emergency surgery on himself mid-race; one perished. This is high adventure of the most gripping, perilous sort, demanding a tightly controlled, suspenseful narrative: "Visualize a never-ending series of five- or six-story buildings, with sloping sides of various angles ... moving towards [the sailors] at forty miles an hour. Some of the time, the top one or two stories will collapse on top of them." But Lundy delivers more, weaving a superior fabric of psychology and physics, action and reflection. Even the utter novice will emerge understanding the architecture of racing vessels, the evolution of storms, the physical and psychological courage required to survive five-and-a half months battling the ocean alone.
Sailing aficionados may already believe that the Vendee Globe is the pinnacle of extreme sports. With Lundy's help, armchair adventurers can dig in and hang on for the ride. --Svenja Soldovieri --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A gripping tale of the 1996-97 Vendée Globe race. More than simply a description of the events that happened, this book is filled with insightful analysis and... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Robert P. BIUK-AGHAI
The most compelling sailing story I have ever read, and that's saying something. Even a non-sailor will find this book to be a harrowing, beautifully written page-turner. Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. Steckler
If you are interested in sailing and The Vendee Globe Race in particular, this is the book for you.Published 1 month ago by David
If sailing is your thing, you have to read this. The author is a journalist sailor himself, which makes this account of the Vendee Globe and the challenges faced in sailing the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I read this years ago but had to comment because I'm buying a copy as a gift. Fantastic book. A real page-turner. Read morePublished 10 months ago by D. Alvarez