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Sea Of Dreams: Racing Alone Around The World In A Small Boat Kindle Edition

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The biennial Around Alone yacht race is the most thrilling adventure in the world for the sailors passionate enough to undertake it. It's a two-class solo race that starts and ends in Newark, New Jersey, with stops in England, South Africa, New Zealand, and Brazil, and it is as tough in its way as the non-stop race, the Vendée Globe. In 2002, thirteen sailors competed, some of them professional sailors, well funded by corporate sponsors, and some of them adventurers who sacrificed almost everything to enter the race. Among the adventurers wasDerek Hatfield, a former fraud-squad Mountie, whose forty-foot Spirit of Canada had cost him almost everything he had.

The race takes sailors through the wild storms of the Bay of Biscay, the frustrating and infamous Doldrums, the angry Southern Ocean, and the treacherous seas off Cape Horn, the southern tip of South America. All of them dangerous waters that stretched the sailors' abilities to the limit – and beyond. Hatfield's Spirit of Canada became the plucky Little Boat That Could when it lost its mast in rounding Cape Horn.

In this nail-biting account of the race, Adam Mayers brings to life the joys and the agonies of racing alone – and the dreams that drive these men and women to sail around the world solo.

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  • File Size: 1502 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart (June 22, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 29, 2011
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055PJ4DY
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
Sea Of Dreams: Racing Alone Around The World In A Small Boat, by Adam Mayers is the riveting story of a fast-paced, around-the-world race for the "Around Alone" yacht race. Derek Hatfield in his yacht "Spirit of Canada" raced against twelve others around the world, beginning in New York Harbor, with stops in England, South Africa, New Zealand, and Brazil, and finally ending in Newport, Rhode Island. Sea Of Dreams is an amazing tale and very highly recommended reading, especially for anyone in search of a gripping and nautically inclined true-life story of a fearless pursuit of a dangerous race on the high seas.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Aubrey on August 26, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This a great book, about the other solo around the world race. It reads like a thriller and taught me a lot of things I didn't know about solo sailing. Derek Lundy's Godforsaken Sea which was about the 96 Vendee was gripping and so is this one about the 02 Around Alone when the Cdn. Derek Hatfield was rolled over at the Horn and Brad Van Liew who lives in Charleston set new speed records for the race. His race was just as amazing. The other American guy Tim Kent was also a great story, getting stronger and stronger as the race went on.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Montague-Jones on May 13, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is the most brilliant book I have read detailing an account of offshore single-handed racing. I couldn't put it down. The book flows from one event to the next and fills the reader with the details experienced and lessons learnt along the way.
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By Cate Swan on July 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Now, granted I had just finished a book by Derek Lundy regarding a vendee race, and I'm afraid Sea of Dreams suffered by comparison. Lundy's was a real page-turner and brought to life (as much as might be possible without actually being there) the experience of what people were going through.

There were quite a number of sailors to cover in Sea of Dreams, and understandably the author chose to focus on a very few, and one in particular. The pity was that some of the entrants were almost nonexistant. The writing wasn't exactly plodding but it certainly wasn't gripping. I did appreciate that there were photos of the compeditors, something that the Lundy book lacked. An okay book , but there are better ones. Dee Caffari's book about her solo circumnavigetion against the prevailing winds was vastly entertaining.
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