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This is an auction for FATAL STORM: THE INSIDE STORY OF THE TRAGIC 1998 SYDNEY-HOBART RACE by Rob Mundle. review:

"In the world of competitive off-shore sailing, Christmas Day is thought of as Boxing Day Eve - that is, the eve of the annual Sydney-to-Hobart Race. One of the world's three major offshore races, the 630-mile course from Sydney, Australia, to Hobart, Tasmania, is a test of skills, guts, and endurance in notoriously unpredictable, fickle waters - and in any weather. On Boxing Day, 1998, the 115 boats jockeying at the starting line off Sydney's Nielsen Park Beach had been warned that low-pressure weather systems were conspiring to guarantee a wild and chancy race. Yet few sailors anticipated the ferocity of the storm that descended around two o'clock the next morning, whipping up gale-force winds and waves tall enough to send 25-ton yachts "spearing into midair," then "plunging down into the trough . . . like repeatedly launching a truck off a 30-foot ramp and awaiting the crash." The race quickly devolved into the worst sailing disaster in recent memory. Seven crews abandoned their boats. Over 50 sailors were rescued under near-impossible circumstances. Seven died, and five boats sank. Journalist Rob Mundle follows the dramatic struggles in FATAL STORM, skillfully re-creating from firsthand accounts the stories of bravery, luck, and folly that left a handful of sailors convinced they'd never go near the Hobart again."

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Large format (trade) paperback 1999.

317 pages + 48 pages of photographs.

Good condition.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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