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"Sailing before technology"
I was told "DON'T LOOK AT THE PHOTOS,UNTIL THE END",which was great advice.I even heard of someone cutting them out of the book. And if possible don't read the cover. So you can pretend not to know the ending.
The amazing thing about the book is the incredible ignorance,inability and naivity these gungho sailors possessed. But even expert advice was crushingly inadequate. Badly-equipped, unfinished or simply the wrong boats set off. Sailing has moved on a thousand years, since this voyage, even though the seas are just as lethal.
It is unbelievable that this single-handed round-the-world event was ever devised. It is more unbelieveable that anyone would be brave enough or foolish enough to attempt it.
It is fast-moving, and builds and builds. A difficult multi-strand document, pulled together expertly.