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Near Death on the High Seas: True Stories of Disaster and Survival

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“The wind was blowing at hurricane strength-sixty-five knots and over-and increasing in the gusts to eighty knots. His boat was surfing on waves as high as a sixty-foot, six-storey building. . .Each wave that struck choked and froze him, the icy water working its way down inside his survival suit.” —from Close to the Wind by Pete Goss

In Near Death on the High Seas, Cecil Kuhne collects some of the most terrifying and astounding experiences of sailors confronting the awesome, raw power of the sea. These tales-filled with everyday heroes and survivors-comprise a riveting and often breathtaking collection of extraordinary stories that show the terrible ferocity of the untamable ocean.

Also featuring:

• Thor Heyerdahl's Kon-Tiki- the historic and celebrated journey of the Kon-Tiki as it journeys across the Pacific.

• Steve Callahan's Adrift- a solo sailor loses his boat in the Atlantic must survive in a five-foot life raft for 76 days, fighting off sharks with a makeshift spear.

• Francis Chischester's 'Gipsy Moth' Circles The World-the stirring story of a one man's solo sail around the globe at age 65.

• John Rousmaniere's Fastnet, Force 10-in one of the worst sailing tragedies in history, a massive rescue operation takes place amidst sixty-knot winds and forty-foot breaker waves.

Synopsis:

A thrilling compilation of real-life adventure stories of survival in extreme conditions appears in a collection that features Thor Heyerdahl's Kon Tiki, Adrift by Steve Callahan, John Rousmaniere's Fastnet, Force 10, and Gipsy Moth Circles the World by Francis Chichester. Original. 25,000 first printing.

Synopsis:

Cecil Kuhne is the editor of two previous anthologies on adventure travel, On the Edge and The Armchair Paddler. A former whitewater rafting

guide, he has also written nine books about rafting, kayaking, and canoeing. He lives in Dallas.

About the Author

Cecil Kuhne is the editor of two previous anthologies on adventure travel, On the Edge and The Armchair Paddler. A former whitewater rafting

guide, he has also written nine books about rafting, kayaking, and canoeing. He lives in Dallas.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Table of Contents

Preface by Cecil Kuhne

Foreword by William F. Buckley Jr.

Adrift: Seventy-six Days Lost at Sea, by Steven Callahan

Dark Wind: A Survivor’s Tale of Love and Loss, by Gordon Chaplin

Gipsy Moth Circles the World, by Sir Francis Chichester

Close to the Wind, by Pete Goss

Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific by Raft, by Thor Heyerdahl

Godforsaken Sea: Racing the World’s Most Dangerous Waters, by Derek Lundy

The Long Way, by Bernard Moitessier

Fatal Storm: The Inside Story of the Tragic Sydney-Hobart Race, by Rob Mundle

The Last Grain Race, by Eric Newby

Sea Change: Alone Across the Atlantic in a Wooden Boat, by Peter Nichols

“Fastnet, Force 10”, by John Rousmaniere

The Brendan Voyage, by Tim Severin

Notes on the Contributors

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307389305
Subtitle:
True Stories of Disaster and Survival
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Edited by:
Cecil Kuhne
Author:
Kuhne, Cecil
Author:
Cecil Kuhne
Subject:
Travel : Special Interest - Adventure
Subject:
Special Interest - Adventure
Subject:
Adventure and adventurers
Subject:
Shipwrecks
Subject:
Sailing - Narratives
Subject:
Adventure
Subject:
Nautical - General
Subject:
Nautical-Nautical Lore
Subject:
Outdoors-Lore and Survival
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20080311
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
433

Related Subjects

Sports and Outdoors » Outdoors » Lore and Survival
Transportation » Nautical » Sailing
Travel » General
Travel » Travel Writing » General

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Product details 433 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307389305 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A thrilling compilation of real-life adventure stories of survival in extreme conditions appears in a collection that features Thor Heyerdahl's Kon Tiki, Adrift by Steve Callahan, John Rousmaniere's Fastnet, Force 10, and Gipsy Moth Circles the World by Francis Chichester. Original. 25,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , Cecil Kuhne is the editor of two previous anthologies on adventure travel, On the Edge and The Armchair Paddler. A former whitewater rafting

guide, he has also written nine books about rafting, kayaking, and canoeing. He lives in Dallas.

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