Synopses & Reviews
A riveting first-person account and history of rowers who have attempted to navigate across the Atlantic
More people have climbed Mount Everest than have rowed across the Atlantic. For more than seventy days, Adam Rackley and his rowing partner ate, slept and rowed in a boat seven meters long by two meters wide, in one of the worlds most extreme environments. This is his story of adventure, endurance, and self-discovery.
They were following in the wake of pioneers. In 1896 George Harbo and Frank Samuelsen, a pair of Norwegian fisherman, crossed the 2,500 miles in a wooden fishing doryand their record stood for 114 years. John Fairfax, a smuggler, a gambler, and a shark hunter, was the first to complete the feat singlehandedly in 1969. Others have followed; some have not survived the attempt. This is their story, too.
"Rackley's first book offers a personal and historical account of one of the world's most grueling competitions, the little-known Atlantic Rowing Race. Beginning with Norwegian fishermen George Harbo and Frank Samuelson, who in 1896, aboard the 18-foot Fox, successfully navigated the first safe dory passage across the Atlantic from New York to France in a mere 55 days, endurance enthusiasts have logged more than 300 successful ocean crossings. Still, 10 times as many people have climbed Mount Everest than rowed an ocean, and Rackley's no-holds-barred portrayal of his own harrowing journey from Spain to Antigua helps explain why. By alternating between his own story and those of ocean-rowing pioneers, he effortlessly builds suspense and humor into what could have been a dry retelling of monotonous days at sea rowing naked, rationing food, and eluding storms and much larger vessels. Rackley writes with brutal candor and a storyteller's flair providing readers memorable on-board views of a world most will never see. Agent: Alex Christofi, Conville & Walsh (U.K.). (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Straightforward and engaging- relentless as the sharks encountered." - Sports Illustrated
‘Incredible true stories from the limits of endurance, written by a man whos been there Sir Ranulph Fiennes, author and adventurer
'"Rackley writes with brutal candor and a storyteller's flair - providing readers memorable on-board views of a world most will ever see." - Publishers Weekly
"Told in an earnest and captivating style, first-time author Rackley will delight both armchair enthusiasts and real-life adventurers when they discover another sport for their dreams." - Library Journal
‘We need the people who climb mountains, cross oceans, voyage to the moon, to tell us who we are. Adam Rackley is one of the very few who has both the literary skill and the sensory intelligence to make the rest of us understand what exactly is out there, and why. In this gripping and superior book he is both seaman and historian, telling the story of his own voyage and the rowers who have gone before him Peter Nichols, author of A Voyage for Madmen
About the Author
Adam Rackley is a former Platoon Commander with the British Army, has worked as a fund manager, and lectures on finance at the BPP Business School. Salt, Sweat, Tears is his first book.