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#1 A CheeseHead

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 03:07 PM

There are a small) raft of books on past Vendee Globe races, and each one has reviews on Amazon that rip 'em to shreds.

Which, in the opinion of folks who might have a clue, is the best ... or the least worse?

Results go on my list to Santa.

#2 Left Hook

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 06:04 PM

What was the name of the book written about the 96 race? Raging Seas or something like that? That book really turned me onto ocean racing.

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 10:06 PM

Godforsaken Sea, perhaps?

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 10:23 PM

That's the one.

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 10:36 PM

yes, the Godforsaken Sea is a great one. In FRance, Rich Wilson gave me a copy of his recent book which I am almost done with and then going to write a review for SA.

It's not the Godforsaken Sea or "The Race"; it's not supposed to be. It's a personal narrative by one sailor who really did come against long odds to finish, and get a very respectable 9th at that. Budget campaign, American sailing hero, underdog story, Vendee finisher, well written book... 'nuff said.

"Race France to France, leave Antarctica to Starboard" by Rich Wilson.

If you already follow the Vendee, or just like adventure sailing books, i'd recommend to give it a read. Good book and Wilson becomes more endearing throughout. Full review will be on front page... at some point.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 12:23 AM

If you're looking for an entertaining read (not only about the Vendée Globe) I'd also suggest Ellen MacArthur's "Taking On The World".

(I take my copy everywhere I go for a longer time, it's the most worn book I own, and it's autographed... If I dig deep I'd even find the photo of having it signed in one of the threads here.)

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