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Risk to Gain - The Race Around the World (Ocean Races Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Mark Chisnell
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Have you ever dreamed of sailing around the world?


If so, it probably wasn’t like this...

‘Big pressure on you,’ yelled hoarsely.
Then more urgently, ‘Big gust!’ A curse. ‘Thirty-eight knots, still building. Big pressure, look at the goddam speed! You wanna blow it!’
‘No, I’ve got it! I’ve got it. Ease! Ease!’
The winch drum howled. The boat had shaken herself at a frequency that shouldn’t have been physically possible for something that size, and then taken off. The note of the whole boat changed, the pitch of the vibration clattering pencils and dividers out of the navigation station, rattling teeth and gums. I grabbed the edge of the bunk, tensing my legs against the bulkhead. I could feel the others doing the same. If we lost it at this speed it would be really messy.


Stomach-churning storms, frustrating calms, broken gear, shattered hopes and stunning victories - Risk to Gain is the story of the men and women aboard two boats sailing around the world in the classic Whitbread Race. Travel with them on their voyage and gain a unique insight into their inspirational journey:

  • Sweat more than you can possibly drink, battling to fix a broken water-maker in the tropics.

  • Struggle to wrestle a ton of sails back out of the frozen wastes of the Southern Ocean.

  • Cross the line in the Southern Ocean and learn that a man can pay the ultimate price.

  • Break a mast thousands of miles from help, and you are a sitting duck for the next storm.

  • Walk the line and sweep around Cape Horn with a race winning, three day lead.


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This brand new, text-only, eBook edition of the original, highly-illustrated Risk to Gain remains the classic account of Team EF's victory in sailing's 1997-98 Whitbread Race and is probably the most vivid written record of the world’s greatest ocean race ever produced. It’s the first of two accounts of round the world races written by Mark Chisnell, the second is ‘Spanish Castle to White Night.

Mark Chisnell's other books include spy thriller The Fulcrum Files - also a #1 book, topping the historical mystery and thriller charts on Amazon.com.

Reviews for Risk to Gain

‘There are many accounts of man against the sea, and man against man at sea, but seldom has there been such a panoramic portrayal of life at its cramped, frenetic and frightening worst as this examination of the latest winning Whitbread Round the World Race campaign.’
Stuart Alexander, Independent, ‘Sports Book of the Week’

‘What it does brilliantly is get under the skin of what it is like to live and breathe a Whitbread Race.’
Tim Jeffery, The Daily Telegraph

‘It’s the best book yet on this race. Great writing...’
Yachts and Yachting

Synopsis

The story of team Efs victory in the Whitbread Round the World Yacht race, told through the eyes of crew members Magnus Olsson and Anna Drougge and illustrated with photographs by Rick Tomlinson.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 266 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Mark Chisnell (9 Sep 1998)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004W3RRZ2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #327,976 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Mark Chisnell grew up in a small town on the east coast of England. The town was dominated by the rise of the oil industry and the decline of shipbuilding and fishing. Mark has been a professional sportsman and also won awards as a broadcaster and for his non-fiction accounts of maritime adventure. He's written for some of the world's leading magazines and newspapers, including Esquire and the Guardian. One of his greatest personal achievements was hitch-hiking to Mount Everest base-camp in Tibet. In Trainers.

Mark had thought he'd have a future as a marine engineer, that was until he picked up a copy of Robert Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. The cover said it would change the way the reader felt about the world and it changed Mark's perception about his life and where he wanted to go. He learned that books can change people's lives and that he wanted to write one. He wanted to write many.

Mark began by writing about the sport in which he won three world championships, and subsequently won plaudits and recognition for his adrenaline-fuelled and suspenseful accounts of round-the-world racing. When he moved to fiction, he used his experiences as a sportsman and his background in broadcasting and journalism to weave chart-topping tales filled with intrigue, danger, romance and characters that take the reader on an incredible page turning journey.

Mark currently lives in Europe with his wife and son.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Ocean racing at its best 17 Dec 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This a must for fans of ocean racing, especially the Whitbread/Volvo. Written by a professional sailor who expertly pulls together all aspects of this great race in 1997/98- the strategies, the tactics,the highs, the lows and, importantly, the human interaction- its all there. This is high drama, drawn out over long periods, and you relive the experiences with the crews as they battle through the worlds great seas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How do those guys do it? 17 Dec 2012
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This a must for fans of ocean racing, especially the Whitbread/Volvo. Written by a professional sailor who expertly pulls together all aspects of this great race in 1997/98- the strategies, the tactics,the highs, the lows and, importantly, the human interaction- its all there. This is high drama, drawn out over long periods, and you relive the experiences with the crews as they battle through the worlds great seas. A very powerful account of a very tough race.
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