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Great voyages in small boats: Solo transatlantic


Year: 1982
Language: English
Author: Ann Davison, David Lewis, Hannes Lindemann
Genre: Textbook
Publisher: J. de Graff
Edition: First
ISBN: ‎ 978-0828600859
Format: PDF
Quality: Scanned pages
Pages count: 620
Description: The complete texts and illustrations of three historic books about unusual single-handed Atlantic crossings in sail boats.
Hundreds of individuals have crossed the Atlantic in small craft without crew or com­panions. Many have recorded their experi­ences in fascinating books which, with the passage of time, have gone out of print and are difficult to locate. To choose these three from so many is not to detract from the achievements and experiences of the others. The ones selected are unusual, each in its own way, and each of the three contain les­sons learned and problems solved to make t,em useful to anyone contemplating a simi­lar adventure. Choice of craft, equipment and supplies inevitably bear on success or failure.
MY SHIP IS SO SMALL by Ann Davison. Ann Davison was the first woman to sail from England to America single-handed. Her yacht Felicity Ann was only twenty-three feet long.
Her voyage grew out of many years experi­ence afloat and was undertaken with perhaps over-confidence. She was underway before facing the need for navigation and was re­quired to consult a book before taking her first sight. She reports her anxieties and solu­tions with refreshing candor and a good deal of humor.
In due course she reached the Bahamas and sailed on to a hero's welcome in Miami and New York.
THE SHIP WOULD NOT TRAVEL DUE WEST
by David Lewis.
Dr. Lewis was one of the five men who took part in the first single-handed trans-Atlantic race in 1960. The race has been repeated many times and now attracts scores of en­ . For the first race there was much un­certainty about the fastest and least hazard­ous route to choose. The competition was Francis Chictester (the winner), Blondie Has­ler, Valentine Howells and Jean Lacombe.
Dr. Lewis made a research project of the race. He enlisted the help of all the con­testants to keep a daily record of their mood, physical condition and mental stale. It was a rough passage and the results are valuable for any solitary enterprise under stress.
ALONE AT SEA by Hannes Lindemann.
Lindemann is a medical doctor with great curiosity, courage and a scientist's research training. His book describes two crossings, in a canoe in 1955, and a folding boat in 1956. Perilous as Atlantic storms can be to craft of this type, he extended his research to test how long a man could survive without water and the possibility that diluted salt water could sustain life. When first published his book shocked and fascinated conventional sailors. Today it stands as a record and a warning.

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