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KNOCKDOWN

by Martin Dugard

THE HARROWING TRUE ACCOUNT OF A YACHT RACE TURNED DEADLY

Pocket Books, a division of Simon & Schuster
1999

243 pages

p/b approx 23cm x 15cm - has gift dedication - photographs

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from back cover:
In the extreme sport of blue water, or open ocean yacht racing, the Sydney to Hobart challenge is considered one of the most treacherous races in the world. 1998 proved why. Slammed by a sudden freak storm that unleashed 160kmh winds and waves over 30 meters tall, twenty-four boats were abandoned at sea as hundreds of sailors fought for their lives. This is the riveting story of that tragic race-the punishing storm, the heroic rescues, the grim loss of life-and a thought-provoking look at the people who risked families and fortunes for victory.
Martin Dugard re-creates the nightmare voyages of several ill-fated crews that set sail on December 26, 1998. Through interviews with racers, organizers, survivors, and devastated family members, he chronicles the emotional saga of the windswept sailors whose skill and daring were futile against the massive waves and unrelenting winds of a spontaneous hurricane. Dugard also brings to life the epic bravery exhibited during the largest rescue operation in Australian history... Please click here to ask a question
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