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Close to the Wind

Close to the Wind [Kindle Edition]

Pete Goss
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On 25 December 1996, Pete Goss turned his 50-ft yacht Aqua Quorum back into a hurricane-force headwind to rescue French sailor Raphael Dinelli. He risked his life and any chance of winning one of the world's great yachting challenges--the Vendee Globe non-stop, single- handed, round-the-world race. Instead, he was awarded France's highest honour--the Legion d'Honneur--and an MBE in the 1998 New Year's Honour List.

Close to the Wind is Goss's story. He starts with the years of preparation as a merchant seaman and skipper on one of the 10 yachts in Chay Blyth's British Steel Challenge. He describes how he attempted to get sponsorship but was constantly rebuffed and he discusses the hardships he faced--nights spent sleeping on platforms before business meetings because there was no money to spare for a room. The drama of the Vendee is recounted in detail, down to Goss's having to operate on his elbow without anaesthetic and with the assistance only of faxed instructions. And will he race again? He plans to set off on in a 115-ft catamaran in The Race, December 2000.



'Nothing Ian Fleming wrote has you wondering so anxiously how the hero is going to get out of this pickle' Independent

'Parents, wives and sisters who buy this book for the family daredevil must read it first. It celebrates an ancient, beautiful way of being human.'

Libby Purves in The Times

'This is a wonderful book, a book to make the reader realise that he or she could never be a hero. I recommend it.' Michael Beaumont, Spectator

'More impressive than fiction could ever be . . . compelling' Independent on Sunday

'Goss takes you so vividly on board with him . . . he has a genuine talent for writing tense narrative.' Independent

'The story of a brave man; a man who turned into the teeth of a hurricane to save the life of a fellow competitor in a single-handed round-the-world yacht race. A wonderful book. I recommend it.' Spectator

'Just buy it, you'll love it, a real life adventure story' Royal Yachting Association

'It is far from just a book about the Vendée events, but a soul-bearing autobiography' Western Morning News

'His down-to-earth storytelling is gripping. His modesty is endearing. His dedication to a cause and the manner of achieving it are humbling and inspiring' Cambridge Evening News

'A lot of people will be sending out for a copy of Close to the Wind to see if they can find out a little more about [Goss]. They will be richly rewarded.' Independent

'A truly inspirational, incredible story. . . ' South Wales Argus

'The story is a compelling one. Goss's prose is honest and unexaggerated.' Independent on Sunday

'In my book, he will always be Pete Goss, BFBH: bona fide British hero' Tim Jeffrey in Daily Telegraph

'Prose as trim as his vessel . . . incredible' Kirkus Reviews

'Tense, fast-moving and illustrated with colour photographs that put you in the middle of the action' New York Times

'His heroism and modesty redeem the gun-ho bits of this mesmerising memoir. Buy it' The Times

'Goss writes about his experiences in a conversational and direct style that brings alive the terrors of the open sea' The Sunday Times

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2503 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; New Ed edition (4 Mar 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TG6XDE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #150,311 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic read ! 2 Mar 2000
I ploughed through this book like pete goss must have ploughed through the southern ocean... This is an informative, inspiring and generous book ..
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Having seen Pete speak at my companies' annual conference early July of 1999, I was eager to hear more of his fantastic tale. The book is clearly written with a laid back delivery of the high-level of drama it contains - much like the man himself.
Indeed, the book left me with much the same feeling as his presentation - wanting more and rather surprised that it had finished so soon. You feel, through Pete's very lucid writing, that you are reminiscing with a close friend over the last few years of their lives.
Pete describes life aboard a 50 foot yacht in vivid and 'non-seaman accessible' detail, yet much of the book is the story of the run up to the race and it is all the better for it.
As Pete says time and again, the race was not single-handed after all - it belonged to the incredible yet very normal group of people that got Pete and Aqua Quorum to the start line and eventually home again.
'Close to the Wind' is a book for anyone with an interest in the sea, adventure, teamwork or the story of an everyday chap that achieved his life-long dream - oh yes, and saved a fellow yachtman's life amid 60' waves and a huge storm in the most inhospitable ocean in the world... sorry nearly forgot to mention it...
Pete's incredible experiences have given him a simple but extremely insightful philosophy. The book is littered with excellent snippets of wisdom and it is these that will live on with you after you have put the book down... which I guarentee will be not that long after you pick it up....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
In 1986 Pete Goss vowed that one day, he would fly the Red Ensign in the Vendee Globe, a single-handed round the world yacht race.
After 10 years of hard preparation and penury, chasing sponsorship that materialised and dematerialised with alarming frequency, Pete finally realised his dream in 1996.
But the race was not to turn out as he wished when storms and heavy seas in the Southern Ocean took their toll on the competitors: of 16 boats to start, only six finished. In the midst of all this, Pete faced an agonising decision to scupper his chances in the Race and beat back 160 miles to rescue a French competitor whose yacht had sunk underneath him.
Pete Goss's account of the events, commencing from his early sailing experiences through the learning curve and into the Vendee are a tour-de-force of adventure writing.
Though the book is not as detailed as one would like in the latter stages, and the reader may get confused by some of the more technical yachting terms, the book is nevertheless a gripping and satisfying read of epic dimensions.
I read the last half of the book late one night purely because I literally could not put it down - something that is rare for me to do. The final 100 pages will leave the reader breathless!
A cracking read, one of the best books I have read in years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Close to the Wind' 3 Jan 2000
By A Customer
This book was extremely entertaining and absolutely fascinating. It is very interesting, even to those (such as myself) who are not interested in sailing. It is an account of one man's dream to sail around the world single- handedly, and how he accomplished that dream. Pete's dedication to his task throughout the ten years' work to reach his goal was an inspiration to others. You feel as if you are out there with him, and by the end of the book Pete feels like a friend, and that you have shared his adventures with him. I would recommend this book to anyone, and I ended up buying copies of this book for mist of my family. Read it: you will find it impossible to put down!
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Make that three and half stars! 3 May 2000
By A Customer
Welcome to my first review of one of the very first books I've bought through Amazon.
I decided to read this book on the undersatnding that it was a true account of much adventure on the high seas by a man alone. I was wrong but never dissappointed. I should have paid more attention to other reviews. This is about a huge team effort and all the preparations that go into a single handed non-stop circumnavigation when you don't have any money to do so!
The account is very believable, easy to read and maybe a little short of good written visualisation (if you've read 'Perfect Storm' you'll know what I mean). However, Pete Goss comes over as a very likeable man and you will him along as you read.
The story of the actual race is quite short but nicely told. Missing is an understanding why he does these thing alone and I'd like him to reveal more of himself to the reader.
I don't want to appear too critcal - I neither write well or sail! Go and buy the book - it is inspiring.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 10 Mar 2002
By A Customer
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This is a brilliant, rivetting account of a miracoulous ,astonishingly courageous rescue in gobsmackingly dangerous circumstances. True life is better and more dramatic than fiction.
Buy it ,read it and find yourself open mouthed in horror and wonder.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Pete Goss has written an exciting book describing his adventures circumnavigating the globe in the Vendee Challenge race. His book naturally features the dramatic rescue of a fellow yachtsman and his ensuing friendship with him.
The book is really about his struggles to finance and build his yacht and how he managed to keep motivated. This book is a captivating read for sailors and for landlubbers alike.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Read
Purchased this as part of my son in laws Christmas present he has told me this was a brilliant read and could not put it down .( He sails himself)
Published 1 month ago by Mrs Y Hodgkins
1.0 out of 5 stars yawn city................
Is it just me or is everyone sick of Pete Goss trading on past achievements? Yes we know you returned to save a fellow sailor... Read more
Published 2 months ago by shea devine
5.0 out of 5 stars pete goss close to the wind
amazing epic determind strong fit royal mariens... the list goes on this is a brilliant read you really shold read it even if its just a sample read it.
Published 9 months ago by MRS VIVIENNE TUCKWELL
5.0 out of 5 stars You can almost taste salt spray!
I could not put this book down! What a read, I was almost crying during the part that detailed Pete's heroics in saving his fellow competitor. Read more
Published 10 months ago by tartanfeet
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
After reading Touching The Void I thought 'That's it, no other book on sporting endurance could ever be as good as this'. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Glen Carne
5.0 out of 5 stars Great inspiring book.
Enjoyed reading this book. It understates the courage (or foolhardiness) of the author but it also demonstrates the gritty determination of those who succeed against the odds.
Published 15 months ago by M. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Pete Goss- Close to the wind
I have never seen my husband so gripped to a book as he was with this. He inhaled the book in 4 days. Read more
Published 22 months ago by ange
4.0 out of 5 stars A little too close to the wind...
I recently heard Pete Goss talk at a dinner and bought this book on the back of that (although he did not push or even mention his book). Read more
Published 22 months ago by Bill Crawford
4.0 out of 5 stars An engaging read
The book gives an account of the life of Pete Goss from when he was a discontented teenager to becoming a round the world solo sailor in the Vendée Globe when he famously... Read more
Published on 29 Aug 2011 by Gary B
5.0 out of 5 stars Pete Goss; Close to the wind
Not read it as was a birthday present for my Dad who used to do a lot of sailing. He thought it was BRILLIANT.
Published on 20 Nov 2009 by D. J. Peacock
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