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Re: New Fastnet '79 Docu on ESPN
Before anyone bestows accolades and laurels on Ted Turner, I suggest they read John Rousmaniere's book, "Fastnet, Force 10". Rousmaniere, a renowned author/sailor was a watch commander aboard the Swan 47, Toscana, that also competed in the race and penned his book/introspection in the months following the race with intimate knowledge and cooperation of many of the other competitors, their crewman, the officials of the Royal Ocean Racing Club and not least, the ship crews and air crews of the Royal Navy and boat crews of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution that rescued men from foundering yachts at the height of the storm. It is a sobering story. One aspect, although not an intention of the book, was the revelation of Turner's amazing lack of sportsmanship and relentless self promotion after Tenacious finished the race whereupon his only concern was whether he had won. In the lead up to the announcement of the race results Turner spent his time denigrating other boats/crews and many of the lost, applauding himself and his crew/boat (even though, being so much faster and farther ahead than the majority of the other boats that got caught by the storm, Tenacious did not face the height of the storm in the most hazardous reaches of the Western Approaches or over the infamous Labadie Bank) and praising his own courage (why..."I was more afraid of being afraid than I was afraid!"). With the reading, I lost what little respect I had left for Turner after witnessing/experiencing his intrusive, self-promoting, braggadocio during one of his visits to the St. Frances Yacht Club in '77. The man is very accomplished, no doubt, but...
"It is not so much for its beauty that the sea makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from the waves, that so wonderfully renews a weary spirit."
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