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The Race: Extreme Sailing and Its Ultimate Event: Nonstop, round-the-world, No Holds Barredby Tim Zimmermann
Synopses & Reviews
Provides an action-packed account of an extreme nonstop sailing race around the world, a competition that attracted competitors willing to risk millions of dollars and their lives to voyage around the world in fragile sailing vessels in record time, and chronicles the turbulent history of extreme sailing, from the nineteenth century to the present day. Reprint.
An invigorating behind-the-scenes look at the world of extreme sailing, The Race is also a taut, engrossing account of the first running of the competition called The Race, which began on December 31, 2000, in Barcelona and ended sixty-two days later in Marseilles. The most intense event of its kind — a nonstop circumnavigation of the globe in the fastest boats ever built — The Race attracts some of the world's best sailors and arguably its most eccentric personalities.
Tim Zimmermann, an experienced blue-water sailor, relates in knuckle-whitening detail how and why sailors risk millions of dollars and their lives to dash around the world in record time. He garnishes this story with a chronicle of the tumultuous history of extreme sailing from the nineteenth century to today. Zimmermann "puts the reader right on board with the tough, colorful crews as they take a crash course (sometimes literally) in how to handle these astonishing machines" (Derek Lundy, author of Godforsaken Sea).
About the Author
Tim Zimmermann is a contributing editor for Outside and a former senior editor and senior diplomatic correspondent for U.S. News & World Report. He has written about the sailing world for Sports Illustrated, Sail, and others. He lives in Edgewater, Maryland.
Table of Contents
Clippers, toffs, and an American original — Cockleshell heroes — The golden globe — Modern mayhem — A new breed of cat — Speed and carnage — The trials of team Philips — To the Atlantic — To the equator — To the southern ocean — Southern ocean derby — Southern ocean express — Cape Horn and home.
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