A Voyage for Madmen

A Voyage for Madmen

Paperback - 2002
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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 would cross the finish line and earn fame, wealth, and glory. For the others, the reward was madness, failure, and death.

In this extraordinary book, Peter Nichols chronicles a contest of the individual against the sea, waged at a time before cell phones, satellite dishes, and electronic 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.

Publisher: New York : Perennial, 2002, c2001.
ISBN: 9780060957032
Characteristics: xiv, 298 pages, [16] pages of plates :,illustrations, portraits ;,21 cm.


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Jan 24, 2020

First-rate, delightfully written, and a great story. I've read Slocum and Chichester, and this book fits beautifully amongst these better-known books. (Jim, 2020)

Jan 18, 2016

Here is a great story about a competition among 9 men seeking to be the first to circumnavigate the globe solo without stopping or taking on assistance of any kind. Crafted by the London Times newspaper to sell papers and advertising, the challenge puts the contestants up against the worst that nature and the oceans provide. At the same time, each participant is afforded an opportunity to confront the immense challenge of the task in their own way. How they go about preparing for and attempting to complete the race is at times comical and in other ways tragic. The author succeeds in assembling rich details into the thoughts and actions of each man, making the story much more real than might otherwise be the case. It is also worth reminding ourselves that when they made their voyages, they did so without benefit of GPS and when the knowledge of much of the southern Pacific ocean was relatively limited. The author notes their technology had more in common with sailors of the 18th century than the 21st and that is an amazing thing for they tried to accomplish.

Jan 28, 2015

The book started a little slow but once the race starts it picks up. It wasn't the kind of book you couldn't put down but the ending is a bit of a surprise.

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