A wonderful collection of sailing stories from across centuries and around the world. Journey around gale-whipped headlands, survive mountainous seas and discover the delights of cruising among the islands of a tropical paradise. From the majestic square rigger to the humble homemade yacht; every sort of vessel is showcased in this treasure trove of extraordinary true tales.The exploits of sailing's greatest names are recounted, along with an eclectic mix of voyages that never made the headlines yet make compelling reading.Dick Durham invites you to set sail on a thrilling journey comprising some of the most exciting tales of adventure afloat. He retells each one, adding a magic that makes this essential reading for anyone with a love of sailing and the sea.
Dick Durham served on the last working Thames barge before writing for national newspapers and sailing magazines. He joined Yachting Monthly in 1998 as Feature Writer and News Editor and has travelled the globe in search of the best sailing stories. Still a big part of the magazine, his role is now Editor at Large. Author of three sailing titles, he is well known for his powerful and poetic writing style.
Part One - Survival: Voyage of Desperation; Three Months Adrift in a Rubber Dinghy; The True Story of Moby Dick; Psychopaths in the Fo'c'sle; Once is More Than Enough; The Greatest Sea Voyage of All Time?; Decoy Ship; Death Did Not Deter Her; Bligh: A Flawed Real Life 'Master and Commander'; Drifting Alone Across the Ocean in a Punctured Life-Raft; Part Two - Calm: A Ship Swallowed by a Cave; Orchestra from Hell; Death at the Helm; Sunk by a Leviathan in Thick Fog; The Silent Creeks; Part Three - Storm: Fastnet 79: The Killer Storm; A Chop-Stick Fortune in the South Seas; Fatal Delivery Trip; Anchoring a Tall Ship in a Puddle; Three Times Capsized Sailing Round Antarctica; Part Four - Human Error: UK Border Patrol of Yesteryear; Man Overboard in the Middle of the Pacific; Pilot Error Causes Shipwreck and Death; Family Day-Trip Becomes Rescue at Sea; The Curse of Ill-Gotten Gains; Sailing to the Wrong Hemisphere; Hanging by a Thread from a Shipwreck; Part Five - Adventure: A Real Life Monster of the Deep; Treasure Island; No Way Back: By Raft Across the Pacific; The Queen's Pirate; Shoal Waters Run Deep; From Honeymoon to Shipwreck; A Bitter-Sweet Taste of the Racing Life; Dayboat Capsize, Gales and Dismasting; Record of Records; Part Six - Tragedy: The Last Tragic Voyage of Francis Chichester; Sailing into Madness; After the Wave; The Mysterious Voyage of the Mary Celeste; The Mysterious Voyage of John Franklin; The Raft of the Medusa; The Riddle of Erskine Childers; Part Seven - Rescue: Frozen to the Rigging; Good Samaritan of the Southern Ocean; Mystery Fire at Sea; Sea Dark, Sky Crying; The Four Rescues of a Solo Atlantic Yachtsman; Part Eight - Deliverance; The Exploding Whale; Downhill Racer; The First Man to Sail Round the World Alone; Not Quite the Fastest Ship; The First Man to Sail Round the World Non-Stop and Alone; Deliverance Trip; The Ship that Sailed Herself; Round the World in 1000 Breakages; DIY Ocean Racer; The Dead Lay in Her Wake; The Terror of a Lee-Shore; The Smallest Boat to Sail Round the World; Bibliography