The Proving Ground: The Story of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Boat Race. G. Bruce Knecht

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Bertrams Print On Demand, Jan 1, 2008 - Search and rescue operations - 304 pages
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The story of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart boat race the most dramatic in yacht racing history The waters between Sydney and Hobart are famously treacherous. No one is fooled by the clear skies. In the hours before the 1998 Sydney to Hobart race, skippers gathered for a weather briefing. An intense low pressure was predicted, but three different forecasts disagreed about the exact course of the stormy weather. No one was unduly alarmed and all decided to sail. But within hours the yachts were confronted with hurricane-force winds and waves the height of a five-storey building. Six sailors died; fifty-five were pulled from the water. Of the 115 boats that started, just 43 would finish. In Hobart a memorial service replaced the legendary parties that normally follow the race. By focussing on a handful of yachts and those who crewed them, Bruce Knecht brilliantly recreates those dramatic hours and the stomach wrenching fear of those caught in the eye of the storm, battling, some forlornly, for their lives.

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Review: The Proving Ground: The Inside Story of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Race

User Review  - Linda - Goodreads

Gripping from the first few pages with great insight into competitive sailing and racing from the boats, to the personalities and experiences what lead up to the disastrous events of that race. Read full review

Review: The Proving Ground : The Inside Story of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Race

User Review  - Jessica - Goodreads

This book tells the story of a disastrous Hobart to Sydney yachting race back in the 90s in which the fleet basically sailed into a typhoon, leading to half a dozen deaths and dozens of lost or badly ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

G. Bruce Knecht is a Hong Kong-based correspondent for ‘The Wall Street Journal’. His work has also been published in the ‘Atlantic Monthly, Condé Nast Traveller, New York Times Magazine’, and ‘SAIL’. He is a member of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club.

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