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
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.