By Nicholas Gray
Looking back at the lives and sailing careers of some of our lifetimes finest yachtsmen, this collection of eleven original, moving accounts is just as much a celebration of the good tales of hope, achievement and courageous spirit as it is an account of their tragic final voyages.
Included are world-renowned racers, like Eric Tabarly and Rob James, highly experienced cruisers and adventurers, like Peter Tangvald and Bill Tilman, and the notoriously ill-prepared Donald Crowhurst, as well as other famous and some less well-known sailors. Starting with the sad loss of Frank Davison and Reliance in 1949, the book concludes with the amazing last voyage of Philip Walwyn in 2015 crossing the Atlantic single-handed in his 12 Metre yacht Kate.
All of the men and women described were friends with or known to the author, Nicholas Gray, who himself competed in several short-handed long distance races, where he met and raced against many of these fascinating characters.
Peppered with photographs showcasing the sailors and their yachts, this is a refreshing look at those who have helped to shape this sports history, honouring their lives and accomplishments before detailing their tragic last voyages.
PB. 240pp 198x129mm