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post #393 of Old 04-25-2011
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Just finished "The Godforsaken Sea", which I picked up at my library's used book sale for $1. The story of the 1997 Vendee single-handed non-stop circumnavigation race. Very compelling stories, especially the rescue at sea of two of the racers. Before reading this book, I thought of the sailors who compete in these races as more crazy-ass daredevils than supremely technically skilled sailors, but this book cured me of that. Imagine flying a spinnaker on a 60 foot boat and having to change tacks; now imagine doing it at night; now imagine both of those, and add on that the wind is blowing thirty knots; add on that seas are thirty feet, and you have slept only 4 hours in the past 50. And its below zero out. Oh, yeah, you are alone too.
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