From reading Perfect Storm two years ago I have started reading adventure stories at sea. This is a fascinating race in extreme conditions which the author describes very well based on his first hand knowledge. But he also analyzes what went wrong and where the blame should be placed if anywhere. The pictures are exceptional and this is an excellent read with a few slow spots. However, it is not my favorite sailing adventure. That would be Fatal Storm, the Inside Story of the Sydney-Hobart race. While it may not have taught as much, the stories were more in-depth and mesmerizing. This book has historical importance from a sailing perspective as it was one of the first races of the modern era with catastrophic results and much was learned for equipment development. A must read for sailors and adventure junkies. Also good for someone wanting to learn about the technical side of racing and weather.
I have had this book for years, and have read it multiple times even tho' I have a shelf of sailing books to choose from. I cannot reccommend it enough for the sailor or non sailor who would enjoy a truly exciting story. AE
I have read this book multiple times and I have loaned it out to every one I know. It is my favorite adventure book. The writing is superb and John's analysis is spot on. The storm is reviewed from its beginnings over Minnesota, its brush with the J/24 world championship off New England and on to its fateful meeting with the Fasnet fleet. He tells a compelling story about the race and the horror of the sea in a state of rage - this is better than Into Thin Air and the Perfect Storm. Best of all John tells his story with compassion and sensitivity and shows that sometimes no matter what you do you may find yourself in an impossible situation. . Buy this book! You will not be disappointed! Thanks John for a great book.
This book is superb, the best I have ever read on sustained rough weather sailboating and what really happens onboard 30 to 80 foot sailboats in very strong storm conditions at sea. The book is very well written and the author's words allowed me to come quite close to feeling the wet, windy, bouncing, noisy and scary conditions experienced by the people on the boats in that terrible storm. It is highly gripping as an adventure, and unusually informative on how to properly prepare a yacht for offshore sailing where threatening storms are always a real threat. Very enjoyable. by Allen Hobbs, Lt. USN (ret)
A well written book. The book is easy to ready, but it still has lots of frightening information. The author describes the Fastnet disaster. He sailed himself on one boat, but he has solid information from several boats. The book has good photographs, in addition to the excellent text. Everyone who is involved in offshore sailing (or considers taking up offsore sailing) should read this book. (This review is based on the hard-cover version of the book.)
As a newcomer to sailing, I've been very impressed by this book (I read the Italian translation). The descriptions of the gale are vivid and frightening; interesting technical discussions face sad and happy human stories. There's no clear conclusion, however...
All adventurers, sailors and landlubbers, will find this book gripping and difficult to put down. The descriptive text is enhanced by actual photos demonstrating the strength of the storm. A great armchair read--best by a warm fire and safe on dry land.