A Voyage for Madmen by Peter NicholsIn 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.
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The event followed in the wake of the Golden Globe which had initiated the first circumnavigation of this type via the three capes Good Hope, Leeuwin and Horn in Only one out of the nine pioneers who had set off in succeeded in returning to Falmouth, the major port of British Cornwall. On 6th April , after days at sea, British sailor Robin Knox-Johnston finally reached his goal. Twenty years later, after having won the BOC Challenge twice solo round the world with stopovers , navigator Philippe Jeantot introduced the idea of a new race around the world, but.. On 26th November , thirteen sailors took the start of the first edition which lasted over three months. Only seven returned to Les Sables d'Olonne.
More than 50 years have gone by since Sir Robin Knox-Johnston made history by becoming the first man to sail solo and non-stop around the globe in With his yacht Suhaili packed to the gunwales with supplies he set off on a voyage that was to last just over ten months. He arrived back in Falmouth after days at sea, on 22 April , securing his place in the history books. Sir Robin wanted everyone to have the opportunity to experience the challenge and sheer exhilaration of ocean racing because there are far more flags of success on the top of Mount Everest than on the high seas. For his latest challenge, Sir Robin will compete in the 10th anniversary edition of the Route de Rhum race which starts in St Malo, France, on 2 November , and finishes at the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe.
The Sunday Times Golden Globe Race was a non-stop, single-handed , round-the-world yacht race , held in —, and was the first round-the-world yacht race.
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The first race was run in —90, and was won by Titouan Lamazou ; Jeantot himself took part, and placed fourth. The race is open to monohull yachts conforming to the Open 60 class criteria. Prior to , the race was also open to Open 50 boats. The Open classes are unrestricted in certain aspects, but a box rule governs parameters such as overall length, draught, appendages and stability, as well as numerous other safety features. Additional waypoints may be set in the sailing instructions for a particular race, in order to ensure safety relative to ice conditions, weather, etc.
A year-old French sailor has won an unusual, around-the-world yacht race after days alone at sea without modern instruments, in what was his first sailing victory. Of the 19 sailors who started out last July, only five were still in the race on Tuesday. Van Den Heede was making his sixth circumnavigation of the globe. He hit trouble in November, when his mast was damaged during a storm in the Southern Ocean. Heading for land for repairs would have disqualified him from the race, so he attended to the damage himself at sea before rounding Cape Horn shortly afterwards. I climbed seven times. The worst thing was trying to undo the pins.