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The Circumnavigators: Small Boat Voyagers of Modern Times


Year: 1975
Language: English
Author: Donald Holm
Genre: Textbook
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc
Edition: First
ISBN: 0-13-134452-8
Format: PDF
Quality: Scanned pages
Pages count: 587
Description: A man comes home from work one day, steps out of the car, heaves a sigh,
and suddenly chucks the whole thing - the job, the commute, "the damned
regularity of it all". He scrapes up enough to buy a boat, kisses the wife, and
sets off. Where? The man means to sail around the world.
The Circumnavigators: Small Boat Voyagers of Modern Times is the story of
that rarest of mariners: The man who, with little more than a few square feet
of cloth, and raw determination, sets out to sail around the globe. The man
who is irresistibly drawn to the open sea - society and its hysteria be damned.
Author Donald Holm has researched and analyzed the most famous and notable
of these voyages, unearthing many previously unknown personal accounts.
He vividly recreates these exciting and audacious battle against the sea and
seeks to define the underlying reasons why a man leaves the comfort of society to
"bounce around the world at an average rate of five miles an hour in cramped,
damp, and usually extremely uncomfortable quarters".
THE CIRCUMNAVIGATORS tells of voyages made against astronomical odds:
The three year trip of Capt. Joshua Slocum, the crusty New Englander
who was the first man to circumnavigate in a small boat, but not the last to be told
he'd never return...
Alain Gerbault, the World War I Ace and tennis star, who dropped out of the postwar
party circuit to "sail Around", surviving more by sheer endurance than sailing skill...
and the more modern feats of Sir Francis Chichester and Robin Lee Graham, who
circumnavigated alone at the age of sixty three and sixteen, respectively.
The book is more than an engrossing adventure. The circumnavigators' private note,
many published for the first time, discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the
boats they used. There is an analysis of the routes favored over the years,
including those which touch at exotic ports and those for the more solitary mariner.
There is information on stores carried, maintenance, health care aboard ship,and custom
regulations...
Finally, there is a chapter devoted to the "ultimate" blue-water cruising boat.

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