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Riveting, inspiring yarn well told and unnervingly casual.
on 27 July 1999
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....