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Over The Top: The First Lone Yachtsman To Sail Vertically Around The World Hardcover – 30 Oct 2008
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one of the best-written and most gripping tales of recent years (YACHTING WORLD)
British yachtsman's heroic and unique quest to sail the globe via the two polar regions, alone.See all Product description
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Adrian is certainly an epic sailor and the difficulties faced on the boat and off are astounding, but I became tired of the constant self promotion and the self placement of himself along side the greats...Just in case we forget, Andrian won't let us come to this conclusion by ourselves or by chance!
It feels a little bit like a sailing adventure by numbers where Adiaian has 'ticked' a lot of the boxes required, but it lacks the modestly and warmth of Pete Goss or Tania Aebi and becomes tedious in the end... sorry Adrian, but it was 'over the top'
Adrian Flanagan's quest against all the odds to become the first lone sailor to vertically circumnavigate the world in his 38 ft yacht "Barrabus" (leaving from the UK and rounding Cape Horn to the west before heading across the Pacific to the navigate the ice bound Russian Arctic) is very interesting and inspiring too, especially as the author largely financed this modest expedition himself, without a retail giant or major insurer providing a state of the art yacht and millions in sponsorship. This book is a great read and has opened my eyes to what's possible!
This book will leave you feeling warmed by the honesty and input of family touches, gripped by accounts both good and bad and may leave you inspired to believe that the normal man can still achieve adventure. The history and research is intriguing and conveys well to all levels of readers. The book reads like a story and it flows well. Non adventurers and non sailors could equally enjoy the story as it progresses as those passionate about the oceans can easily appreciate the way he details his environment.
It's a great story, a great adventure and very well documented. I've read the negative comments about this book and they are but one perspective. I found Flanagan under played the drama rather than over. Anyone who has had a yacht knocked down in a storm would be able to tell you how much it plays on your mind for days after. Flanagan's account here is to accept it, analyse and move on. It's a modest account of facing fear I thought.
As one who has sailed blue water on a self contained budget... this book inspires, no doubt about it. It's a welcome break to read a family mans perspective on sailing and its clear his book is also aimed at his children and that is done with subtlety and warmth. Flanagan does not set out to compare himself to sailing legends be has a right to be placed amongst them, simply put - he has earned it. The ethos of adventure was met head on by all accounts. In a world of sensationalism adventure stars, this book is a welcomed account of one man who challenged himself and set his own goals.
Flanagan's story is honest, open, touching, leaves you sharing the frustrations, carries you through the highs and is well written.
My thoughts overall on this book... read it. It's worth your time.
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