The Story of the First Solo Single Handed Yacht Race Around The World
“It lay like a gauntlet thrown down; to sail around the world alone and non-stop. No one had ever done it, no one knew if it could be done. In 1968, nine men – six Englishmen, two Frenchmen and an Italian – set out to try, a race born of coincidence of their timing. One didn’t even know how to sail. They had more in common with Captain Cook or Ferdinand Magellan than with the high-tech, extreme sailors of today, a mere forty years later.
It was not the sea or the weather that determined the nature of their voyages but the men they were, and they were as different from one another as Scott from Amundsen. Only one of the nine crossed the finishing line after ten months at sea. The rest encountered despair, sublimity, madness and even death.”
This has got to be one of the most incredible stories I’ve ever read; some of the boats that left harbour would today be considered unseaworthy, or at the very least unsuited to the task in hand and a couple of the guys had barely been sailing before, yet many made a lot further than might ever be imagined! Well told and a great read, even for those who don’t like sailing.