This book was recommended to me although I am not a sailor. However, after reading the book cover to cover in one evening, something I have neve done before, I realised this is a book for the adventurer in us all. Sailing is the back drop. Tracy Edwards really comes across as heroine of our time even though she is pains through the book to point out that she is not. The book takes us through her extraordinary life in a whirlwind ride. From her troubled youth and rebellious schooldays to her first encounter with the love of her life, the ocean. This is not a fasionable rebellion like so many others your read, but a painful and aggressive transition from child to adult. Tracy tells it like it is. Her days as a nomad of the oceans had me reaching for the atlas and planning to run away to sea. Her rise up through the ranks surprises her and this really comes across. Her description of her first round the world race with 17 guys had me in stitches, it was a tough introduction to the world of ocean racing, no yacht club membership here! The days of Maiden, which of course we all remember are told with passion and fire and again humour and humility. The characters that come and go became so real to me and Tracy even more so. There were some sailing expressions that I didn't know but it didn't matter as I was completely swept along by the girls and their absolute belief that they could win this unbelievably tough race. The nervous breakdown after the race seemed to surprise no-one except Tracy and I have to say most of us would have been reduced to a quivering wreck but no, she bounces back. After some years of a hermit existence she is back with a new and even more terrifying adventure. The Jules Verne round the world record had me hiding under the covers and turning the central heating up. The descriptions of the huge catamaran, the amazing women that crewed the yacht and the odds against them are truly mind blowing. The roller coaster rides in the Southern ocean and the frank admissions of the fear and doubt made me look around me at my own comfortable surrounding swith renewed appreciation. The appearance of Tracy's daughter on the scene shows a gentler side of this tough lady and the dedication to her at the beginning of the book suddenly made perfect sense. It brought a lump to my throat. But this is a woman who gives 100% to everything she does so this shouldn't be a surprise. I absolutely loved this book. I loved it's honesty, openess, passion and humour. Andy MacNab says that Tracy Edwards has always been his hero and this book tells you why. It certainly does that. At the end of Living Every Second Tracy tells us of her motivational company doing teambuilding and leadership seminars. I just wish my company would employ her because if we took away even a small part of what she tells us, we would be the best company in the world! I'm going to read it again and tell my friends to buy it.
Living Every Second is a genuine page turner, and there is no doubting that Tracy Edwards is an exceptionally brave and courageous woman. Her determination and refusal to accept defeat have turned her into what she is, and made it possible for her to achieve the success story that was Maiden. We get a picture of a woman who, like most true achievers, takes huge risks and does not really contemplate failure. Although there is some introspection and self doubt in the book, this is someone who has been prepared to risk (almost) everything, including home and husband, in a single-minded drive to sail round the world. With all this in mind, you cannot help but be aware that this is her version of the story. I wonder what her husband or crew mates really think and how much of the subsequent criticisms aired in the media were justified (not much, to go by her own account). Nevertheless, it is a gripping tale which brings the terror of the ocean to life and goes a long way towards explaining the world of Tracy Edwards
...you get the sense that Tracey is almost always defending herself. A great tale though & the Jules Verne attempt in particular is especially dramatic & worth buying just for this part. I'd like to see a full dissection of 'The Race' & surrounding controversy.
This book provided great insight into how Tracy Edwards came to achieve the things she did. A fierce (some would say stubborn) determination to achieve what almost everyone thought was impossible. She has certainly achieved some phenomenal things and I applaud her for that. I don't think she's someone I would get on with as she seems to have such blinkers when she has a goal in mind that other people become insignificant. It is that same determination that got her to where she was though. I didn't understand many of the sailing terms but it didn't matter because I still got caught up in the anxiety of the situations they found themselves in. I remember being vaguely aware of some news coverage of a strange looking boat when I was younger and have now discovered that this is a catamaran. Overall a very interesting read that has put me off ever sailing!