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

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HarperCollins Publishers Limited, Jul 1, 2008 - Search and rescue operations - 304 pages
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On December 26, 1998, 115 sailboats set out on the annual race from Sydney to Hobart; only 43 would make it to the Tasmanian city, the race having turned into the worst modern sailing disaster since the 1979 Fastnet Race. Combining the best elements of The Perfect Storm (W.W. Norton, 1997) and Barbarians at the Gate (HarperCollins, 1990), "The Proving Ground" is a gripping narrative that follows the fates of three yachts, including Sayonara, owned by Larry Ellison, the founder of Oracle. From the chilling explanation of how an Olympic sailor came to be catapulted from a yacht and why its crew could do nothing to save him, to the dramatic journeys of two leaky life-rafts, "The Proving Ground" is an exhilarating read.

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This was a fascinating story about a subject with which I was completely unfamiliar. I had never heard of the Hobart and knew nothing whatsoever about sailing or yacht racing. I found that this book ... Read full review

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Knecht asks why successful businessman place themselves in such dangerous, challenging environments and whether ultimately it is worthwhile. The way the story unfolds as does the true character of ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Bruce Knecht was taught to sail by his grandfather when he was eight and has been sailing ever since. Based in Hong Kong he is Asia Correspondent for the Wall Street Journal.

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