- Taschenbuch: 272 Seiten
- Verlag: Summersdale Publishers (5. Januar 2006)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1840244798
- ISBN-13: 978-1840244793
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13 x 2,1 x 19,6 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 310.635 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Berserk in the Antarctic: Sailing to the World's Most Uninhabitable Continent (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 5. Januar 2006
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Three men in a boat - as never seen before..."This is suicide!" Manuel screamed frantically. So begins David Mercy's amazing true story of his journey to Antarctica in a 27-foot sailing boat. After a year travelling through South America to Tierra del Fuego, the only continent he had never visited beckoned to him across treacherous waters. Ships booked for scientific expeditions wouldn't take him, and tourist cruises didn't appeal. Then he saw a little boat in the harbour, its name inscribed on the hull with short lengths of black electrical tape: Berserk. Joined by the boat's young Norwegian owner and an Argentinian newlywed, he set sail with little idea of the tumultuous storms, mishaps and emergencies that loomed on a Shackleton-style voyage to the world's coldest, most dangerous and inaccessible continent. He brilliantly recounts their experience of the endless pounding of wind and waves, the bleak darkness, and the delicate balance of personalities where a mutiny was always in the air.
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
David Mercy is a director and producer of independent films. He has travelled on every continent and lives in Los Angeles, California.
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This story differs from others that I have read because the authors usually try to impress us with their sailing skills, resourcefulness and smart decisions. In this case, the author knew basically nothing about sailing before agreeing to crew on a tiny boat owned by a 21 year old captain. If he had known what he would be getting himself into, he would never have been foolish enough to get in that boat and we would not have this literary jewel.
Because it was written by a sailing novice who often avoided using technical lingo, it is easy to understand even if you have never been on a sailboat. I have strongly recommended this book to both my sailing and non-sailing friends.
My only reason for not giving it 5 stars is that the book lacked photos despite the fact that the author spoke frequently about filming and photographing the journey. I believe that a TV series was produced with some of the footage.
If you look further into the characters and where they ended up it leads to a darker side of their sea bandit lifestyles. Maybe their lack of respect for the sea extended to some oversights down the track. Easy for me to say sitting at home...
Aside from being a very well written tale about an impossible, mad journey undertaken in a vessel made for swedish coastal waters, it is also a very funny, scary, sad story about a bunch of people that follow their dreams regardless of cost.
I salute the author - Well done Sir!
And hats off to these guys!
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