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The Story of a Tasman Survivor

In the summer of 1978 the media in Australia and New Zealand ran a hot story on how Bill, winner of the 1974 Transtasman singlehanded race, New Plymouth to Mooloolaba, Queensland, had started in the '78 race but had gone missing. The nub of the story was the apparent reluctance of the race's organisers to institute a search. The eventual air search located Bill's JOSEPHINE II on the notorious Middleton Reef, but HMAS SWAN could find no trace of Bill and the liferaft. The story culminated when, after 28 days of drifting in the raft, Bill has picked up by a Nauru-bound ship.

The book opens with a short and breezy description of Bill's adventures before coming to New Zealand, and the narrative then switches to the 1974 race and the building of JO for the '78 event. The chapters then alternative between Bill at sea, and Aileen waiting in the growing agony of anxiety and frustration at Mooloolaba - an anxiety only fractionally alleviated by the news of JO's being found, deserted, on the reef.

Hardback - 190 pages

Published 1979

Very good condition - closed tear to dustjacket, name entered on front endpaper
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