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This book and I got off to a rocky start I couldn t really fathom why I was supposed to care about these largely faceless The Hiding Place privileged white dudes in the 60s who decide to abandon their wives their families and friends to sail around Peter Nichols hasut together a great little book on the 1969 Golden Globe race to be the first man to single handedly circumnavigate the globe without stopping in any orts along the way A Voyage for Madmen gives a great overview of the race and varying ersonalities involved from rofessional maritime men to vagabond sailors to one contestant who didn t even learn to sail until he was on his way Only one erson completed the raceI ve read other accounts of the race including the excellent The Strange Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst and Moitessier s The Long Way which are fantastic accounts themselves and The Elephants Journey perhaps slightly enjoyableNichols book excels in byroviding a good description of everyone in the race He is interested in the technical differences between the competitors boats and their tactics for dealing with the Roaring Forties than Sklaven für Wutawia + Gauner mit der 'Goldenen Hand' providingarticularly deep character studies However it s a nice overview of the race and the eople involved and makes for
a compelling read I read this book because A a teacher told me it was his favorite and I compelling read I read this book because A a teacher told me it was his favorite and I read teachers favoritesand B because I was sorely lacking something to read at the momentI knew NOTHING about sailing I still know nothing about sailing nor do I lan to change this state of events anytime soon So when I first checked it out from the library I fully expected to be hopelessly bored within the first twenty Changing Face of the Hero pages if not bogged down by the sheer nautical terminology of which I was so ignorant Well twentyages went byand I was still reading Well I thought the next twenty will The Undisputed Greatest Writer of All Time: A Collection of Poetry probably be unbearable Then the next twenty went bythen the next twentythen the nextand before I knew I was finished And what is still miraculous I had ENJOYED the thing In short this was aithy well written book which kept even StoryBranding: Creating Stand-Out Brands Through The Power of Story poor ignorant me afloat in its uickly moving oftenoignant taleSo thanks Mr G It wasn t half. In 1968 nine sailors set off on the most daring race ever held to single handedly circumnavigate the globe nonstop It was a feat that had never been accomplished and one that would forever change the face of sailing Ten months later only one of the nine men
characters A Voyage for MadmenBad Disclaimer I am a sailor who has sailed in heavy weather and thus I have than average interest in this book others may not find it as fascinating as I didRound the World There is much in that sound to inspire roud feelings but whereto "Does All That Circumnavigation Conduct Only Through Numberless Perils To " all that circumnavigation conduct Only through numberless Pure Chance perils to veryoint whence we started So said Ishmael in Moby Dick Since I had already read Bernard Moitessier s book The Long Way La Longue Route I knew about the Golden Globe Race of 1968 Nichols depiction of the contestants only makes Bernard Moitessier appealing as a sailor and a man Moitessier was a character but also a man of high integrity and with a few exceptions those who got to know him well loved the man He The Lady and the Lionheart probably suffered from depression and or bipolar syndrome but he was fearless and withouteer as a sailor as he was in his determination to be first around the world single handed unassisted And he was first in a sense He crossed his outbound track in the South Atlantic ie he had circumnavigated and then he gave up the race choosing to sail from the Atlantic back to Tahiti via the Cape of Good Hope rather than to England where
the race ended So Moitessier sailed 1 and 12 times around the world instead ofrace ended So Moitessier sailed 1 and 12 times around the world instead of once and he did so without touching land without getting assistance in any form not by taking on fresh water or food not by getting a tow into a ort nor in any other way His reasons for dropping out of the race are understandable to those sailors who love the sea and who have sailed in conditions bad enough to make them uestion why they were out there in the first laceAs the writer oints out the sailors in that 1968 race had in common with Captain James Cook than they did with the sailors of the 21st Century There was no GPS there were no satellite hones no electric furling of sails no solar Schilder's Struggle for the Unity of the Church panels to charge batteries The man who won the race Knox Johnston sailed in a massively over built wooden boat made of teak and Moitessier s very simple boat Joshua was made of boilerplate steel all hisrevious boats were of wood Though I have sailed five times in the Gulf Stre. Ould cross the finish line and earn fame wealth and glory For the others the reward was madness failure and deathIn this extraordinary book Peter Nichols chronicles a contest of the individual against the sea waged at a time before cell hones satellite dishe. Am once in horrendous conditions with Force 7 9 winds I feel like an imposter of a sailor when I read what these guys went through Moitessier sent a message via slingshot to a merchant marine ship when he was had decided to give up the race It said that he was headed to Tahiti via the Cape of Good Hope and he said he was doing it arce ue je suis hereux en mer et eut etre our sauver he said he was doing it arce ue je suis hereux en mer et eut etre National Geographic Kids Almanac 2020 pour sauver ame Because I am happy at sea anderhaps to save my soul Moitessier felt the rize money of the Golden Globe sullied what was otherwise a noble venture and he refused to be a art of the circus that he foresaw would ensue if he won the race which seemed likely after he rounded Cape Horn He respected even loved his competitors and they returned his affection but he had no use for accolades from those who had no real understanding what he and his competitors had been through Despite my admiration of Moitessier I robably understand Knox Johnston the winner clearly He just kept on obstinately working hard to cheer himself up every day but like Moitessier and unlike many of the others
he loved the sea Tetley the other competitor who came close to finishing understood completely whenloved the sea Tetley the other competitor who came close to finishing understood completely when dropped out he said How like Bernard to do that Tetley s boat disintegrated under him 1000 miles from England and he was rescued at sea Donald Crowhurst who mortgaged everything in a desperate bid to win the big rize went mad and apparently stepped over the side in calm waters in mid Atlantic holding his chronometer I loved this book and read it compulsively for three days until I had finished I think that even for non sailors this is a compelling read Absolutely fantastic book Nine men six
"English two French and one Italian endeavour to single handedly sail nonstop round the world Only one man "two French and one Italian endeavour to single handedly sail nonstop round the world Only one man If you want to know what happened you ll have to read the book I highly recommend it They were neither sportsmen nor yachtsmen Only one of the nine crossed the finishing line after ten months at sea The rest encountered despair sublimity madness and death4 Stars It gave me much to think about If definitely held my interest. S and electronic Gods and fighting men: the story of the Tuatha de Danaan and of the Fianna of Ireland, arranged and put into English by Lady Gregory positioning systems A Voyage for Madmen is a tale of sailors driven by their own dreams and demons of horrific storms in the Southern Ocean and of those riveting moments when a split second decision means the difference between life and death.