The Race: The First Nonstop, Round-The-World, No-Holds-Barred Sailing Competition

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2002 - Sports & Recreation - 316 pages

An invigorating behind-the-scenes look at the world of extreme sailing, The Race is also a taut, engrossing account of the first running of the competition called The Race, which began on December 31, 2000, in Barcelona and ended sixty-two days later in Marseilles. The most intense event of its kind -- a nonstop circumnavigation of the globe in the fastest boats ever built -- The Race attracts some of the world's best sailors and arguably its most eccentric personalities.
Tim Zimmermann, an experienced blue-water sailor, relates in knuckle-whitening detail how and why sailors risk millions of dollars and their lives to dash around the world in record time. He garnishes this story with a chronicle of the tumultuous history of extreme sailing from the nineteenth century to today. Zimmermann "puts the reader right on board with the tough, colorful crews as they take a crash course (sometimes literally) in how to handle these astonishing machines" (Derek Lundy, author of Godforsaken Sea).

 

Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ix
1
COCKLESHELL HEROES
37
THE GOLDEN GLOBE
56
MODERN MAYHEM
75
A NEW BREED OF CAT
91
SPEED AND CARNAGE
116
THE TRIALS OF TEAM PHILIPS
134
TO THE ATLANTIC
152
TO THE EQUATOR
178
TO THE SOUTHERN OCEAN
203
SOUTHERN OCEAN DERBY
224
SOUTHERN OCEAN EXPRESS
248
CAPE HORN AND HOME
274

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About the author (2002)

Tim Zimmermann is a contributing editor for Outside and a former senior editor and senior diplomatic correspondent for U.S. News & World Report. He has written about the sailing world for Sports Illustrated, Sail, and others. He lives in Edgewater, Maryland.

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