“The wind was once blowing at storm strength-sixty-five knots and over-and expanding within the gusts to 80 knots. His boat was once browsing on waves as excessive as a sixty-foot, six-storey development. . .Each wave that struck choked and iced up him, the icy water operating its method down inside of his survival suit.” —from Close to the Wind by way of Pete Goss
In Near demise at the excessive Seas, Cecil Kuhne collects probably the most terrifying and marvelous studies of sailors confronting the notable, uncooked strength of the ocean. those tales-filled with daily heroes and survivors-comprise a riveting and sometimes breathtaking number of outstanding tales that exhibit the negative ferocity of the untamable ocean.
• Thor Heyerdahl's Kon-Tiki- the ancient and celebrated trip of the Kon-Tiki because it trips around the Pacific.
• Steve Callahan's Adrift- a solo sailor loses his boat within the Atlantic needs to live to tell the tale in a five-foot lifestyles raft for seventy six days, scuffling with off sharks with a makeshift spear.
• Francis Chischester's 'Gipsy Moth' Circles The World-the stirring tale of a one man's solo sail worldwide at age 65.
• John Rousmaniere's Fastnet, strength 10-in one of many worst crusing tragedies in background, an immense rescue operation occurs amidst sixty-knot winds and forty-foot breaker waves.
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Postscript: Francis Chichester accomplished his voyage on could 28, 1967—nine months and sooner or later after he departed. in the course of that point he had stopped just once, in Sydney. He was once knighted by means of Queen Elizabeth II in 1967 for his fulfillment. * * * * * * Englishman Pete Goss used to be one of many entrants within the 1996–97 Vendée Globe yacht competition—a nonstop single-handed round-the-world race. A typhoon hit, and while Goss heard the damaging plight of French sailor Raphaël Dinelli, he rotated his fifty-foot Aqua Quorumto try a rescue, risking his personal lifestyles within the technique. * * * on the subject of THE WIND PETE GOSS within the Southern Ocean the massive day dawned on five December. the beginning of the Southern Ocean. We had dawdled via a South Atlantic excessive and got here out the opposite facet into wind generated through Southern Ocean depressions that have been using throughout our direction. safely, this was once the wind that carried us around the fortieth parallel and we formally entered the infamous Roaring Forties. I observed my first albatross gliding gracefully around the water. those birds deliver lifestyles to a desolate area. The temperature dropped like a stone over the following few days and that i stumbled on myself donning my Musto thermals in the course of the day to maintain hot. It was once additionally rainy on deck because the boat collected up her skirts within the ever-increasing winds and pushed-out sizeable speeds. i made a decision that i'd cross some distance south and get correct into the depths of the Southern Ocean—not purely did i think that that was once the place we'd practice at our greatest however it could additionally lessen the variety of miles that we needed to sail. I watched our first melancholy monitoring in at the weatherfax and felt a tingle of anticipation because the strain fell, the wind elevated and the swell outfitted up. I ate, checked the boat once again and diminished sail as we pressed extra south in a emerging wind. The boat had a suppose of coming near near motion. The air turned heavier, the cloud base thickened and the heaving ocean took on an oppressive gray hue. because the wind settled from the west I introduced the boat up, eased the sails and allow her run—and run she did, sitting up on a gradual aircraft as she thundered down the faces of a truly monstrous swell. It used to be nice and that i stood within the cockpit for a number of hours and savoured the crusing with Tina Turner belting via my Sony Walkman. i made a decision to wang up the spinnaker to work out what may ensue. It used to be a silly factor to do quite, yet I had a few months down right here so i'd in addition discover what the boat used to be ok with. It was once blowing thirty knots and that i hummed and hahed approximately which sail I may still shove up. I set the autopilot on a truly wide succeed in, eased the most and clambered ahead to drop the number 1 headsail. This grew to become a bit a handful whilst it went into the water and took a very good ten mins to retrieve. I hanked at the quantity two—if the shit hit the fan I didn’t are looking to be wrestling with an even bigger sail. I rigged the bowsprit, made off the spinnaker strains, took a deep breath and hoisted the spinnaker in its protecting sock.