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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.
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 1 month 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 6 months ago by D. Alvarez
One of the best high adventure stories I have ever read. The author makes you feel like you are there, but glad you are not!Published 10 months ago by Ken M Katz
This is an excellent book about single handed sailing/racing across the most terrible seas you can imagine. Most make the voyage and live to tell about it, some do not. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Raymond Morgan
Got to be my favorite book on sailing around the world. Hard to put it down.
Keeps your attention...
Amazing story.... amazing people...
This is a fantastically written account of an epic contest that pits man against the elements. I read the hardcover book a few years ago and am now reading it again on my Kindle. Read morePublished 14 months ago by DougieB
This is an excellent, well-reasearched account of one of the most deadly and demanding races ever undertaken. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Adam Laudie