Fastnet, Force 10: The Deadliest Storm in the History of Modern Sailing (New Edition)

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W. W. Norton & Company, Apr 17, 2000 - Sports & Recreation - 287 pages
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In August 1979, 303 yachts began the 600-mile Fastnet Race from the Isle of Wight off the southwest coast of England to Fastnet Rock off the Irish coast and back.

It began in fine weather, then suddenly became a terrifying ordeal. A Force 10, sixty-knot storm swept across the North Atlantic with a speed that confounded forecasters, slamming into the fleet with epic fury. For twenty hours, 2,500 men and women were smashed by forty-foot breaking waves, while rescue helicopters and lifeboats struggled to save them. By the time the race was over, fifteen people had died, twenty-four crews had abandoned ship, five yachts had sunk, 136 sailors had been rescued, and only 85 boats had finished the race. John Rousmaniere was there, and he tells the tragic story of the greatest disaster in the history of yachting as only one who has sailed through the teeth of a killer storm can. With a new introduction by the author.
 

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Review: Fastnet, Force 10: The Deadliest Storm in the History of Modern Sailing

User Review  - Carol - Goodreads

This was an account of the huge storm that took the lives of many participants of a sailing race in the 1970s. Written by a race participant, the author made a grand attempt at keeping emotional ... Read full review

Review: Fastnet, Force 10: The Deadliest Storm in the History of Modern Sailing

User Review  - Christa Greer - Goodreads

An enthralling read for anyone who enjoys sailing. An expert sailor gives first-hand accounts of professionals thrown into a life and death situation. I especially appreciated his objective ... Read full review

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Contents

Foreword
Fastnet after Twenty Yeans
1
The Search for GRIMALKIN
15
GRIMALKIN An Orderly Boat a Disorderly Storm
27
TOSCANA To the Western Approaches
65
TOSCANA Battle Scene
93
TROPHY Slipping Away
105
The Seas The Most Fearsome Things
135
ARIADNE The Unluckiest Boat in the World
203
The Finishers Retreat and Refuge
217
Lessons Learned and Unlearned
251
Acknowledgments
267
Summary of Finishes Abandonments and Sinkings
273
Rescue Services
274
Sources
279
Index
281

The Rescuers Asking the Impossible
167

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About the author (2000)

John Rousmaniere has sailed in over 35,000 miles of offshore voyaging and racing. He crewed on the 48-foot Toscana in the fateful Fastnet Race of 1979.

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