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Fatal Storm: The 54th Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race - 10th Anniversary Edition
 
 

Fatal Storm: The 54th Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race - 10th Anniversary Edition [Kindle Edition]

Rob Mundle

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The Sydney to Hobart yacht race is one of the world's major sporting events. In 1998, it became one of the world's major sporting disasters. Six sailors tragically perished and numerous yachts sank or were badly damaged. The subsequent search and rescue operation was one of the most phenomenally accomplished peacetime effortsthe world has ever seen. In this fully updated edition to mark the 10th anniversary of the tumultuous race, Rob Mundle, one of Australia's leading journalists and yachtsmen, tells this story of challenge and survival with compassion, vigour and understanding. Drawing from extensive interviews with officials, crews, survivors and rescue service personnel, he relates like no other the calamity and triumph of the 1998 blue water classic. 'Mundle's portrayals of courageous sailors and heroic rescuers fighting for their lives are as vivid as any I have read.'- John Rousmaniere, author Fastnet, Force 10

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It is ten years since Australia's largest peacetime search and rescue mission was activated in heinous, storm-ravaged conditions off the southeast coast of the mainland. It came when the 115 yachts contesting the 98th edition of one of the world's great sporting events, the Sydney to Hobart race, were engulfed by hurricane-like conditions. Six sailors perished, another 55 were plucked to safety through the incredibly heroic deeds of rescuers. At the peak of this calamity the mountainous, breaking seas were the height of a ten-storey building. Fatal Storm is the internationally acclaimed bestseller that gave an enthralling inside account of the tragedy. Now, a decade later, Mundle revisits the disaster and appraises its consequences on many of the key players. He also discovers how a catastrophe of this magnitude has benefited search and rescue operations worldwide.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2117 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HarperSports; 10th anniversary ed edition (1 April 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003H0MGO8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #152,590 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for serious sailors! 10 July 2012
By Keenando - Published on Amazon.com
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My second reading of the book. The follow up 10 years later was more than worth the second purchase price. Having experienced extreme weather at sea I can vouch for the human stories. And have partaken rum from the keg of Canon Maris in Hanalei Bay Hawaii in 1980 and respect the
skipper's background. This is truly a story for the ages...thanks.
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good book 22 Jan 2013
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This is a well researched book, full of interest and action.Recommended reading, I want to read more from this author.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read - about a tragic situation. 18 Dec 2012
By Steve W - Published on Amazon.com
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Anyone who is a sailboat skipper has nightmares over situations like this. Why did yacht "a" survive, and yacht "b" did not. Some of it has to do with construction - a number of the saliboats were of untried or unproven design. Perhaps because I'm a traditionalist, I like a deep displacement hull, with proven capabilities - problem is, that won't sail fast.
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