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Around the world alone


Year: 1978
Language: english
Author: Alain Colas
Genre: Practical guide
Publisher: BARRON'S/WOODBURY
Edition: First
ISBN: 978-0812052190
Format: PDF
Quality: Scanned pages
Pages count: 252
Description: Pick up your sense of adventure as an armchair solo sailor and fantasize about what it would be like to sail solo around the world in a 70-ft trimaran. Are you having trouble imagining what is involved? Read just this book and Alain Colas will fill in the details.
About the author:
Alain Colas was a French sailor, the first to complete a solitary round-the-world race in a multihull.
Colas circumnavigated the globe in 168 days, 57 days better than the record set by Sir Francis Chichester in Gipsy Moth III.
Alain Colas is missing at sea. An intensive search has been conducted by planes and ships across a vast wedge of the North Atlantic. His last official radio contact was with a French radio station on the afternoon of Nov. 16, from a location thought to be north and west of the Azores. Colas was barely 35, yet he was already a man whose life contained the stuff of legend. He was one—some say No.1—of a breed so unique that most folks can only approximate in dreams what he did in real life. He was a single-handed ocean sailor, one of the few who make blue-water voyages alone, relying on the wind for power, their wits for company. And even among these extraordinary few, Colas stood apart, exuding an aura of isolation. There was a hint of the fever of obsession about him,although he tended to keep it under precise control.
No man ever looked more like a sailor than Colas. He had black, curly hair and he affected the thick mutton chop sideburns of a 19th-century mariner. His face was seamed with sun-squint lines and he walked with a limp, the result of a sailing accident.The limp gave him an Ahab-like mystique.
Colas, who had turned 35 on Sept. 16, 1978 had traveled 130,000 miles under sail, five times around the planet, when he was lost at sea. For some 50,000 of those miles—close to two years, in total time—he was alone, including two transatlantic races from Plymouth, England to Newport, R.I. Colas won the 1972 race, sailing the3,000-plus miles in a record 20 days, 13 hours and 15 minutes, which sliced nearly six full days off the previous best time.

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