Fatal Storm: The Inside Story of the Tragic Sydney-Hobart Race

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9780071487702: Fatal Storm: The Inside Story of the Tragic Sydney-Hobart Race

“A compelling story, well written and meticulously researched.”--Cruising World

One of the world’s three great ocean sailing competitions, the annual 600-mile race from Sydney, Australia, to Hobart, Tasmania, pits sailboats against the notoriously rough waters of Bass Strait and the Tasman Sea.

The 115 boats leaving Sydney Harbor on December 26, 1998, expected rough weather, but the gale that caught the boats well at sea in the predawn hours of December 27 was anything but routine. The freak, unseasonal storm brought hurricane-strength winds, waves six stories high, and the worst sailing disaster in recent history. Seven boats were abandoned at sea and five sank. Fifty-seven sailors were plucked from the decks of broken boats or from the sea itself under impossible conditions. Six sailors died.

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“Mundle’s portrayals of courageous sailors and heroic rescuers fighting for their lives are as vivid as any I have read.”--John Rousmaniere, author, Fastnet, Force 10

“Wet and nonstop action. Thrilling.”--Washington Times

“Harrowing shoreside reading.”--Booklist

“A compelling story, well written and meticulously researched.”--Cruising World

One of the world’s three great ocean sailing competitions, the annual 600-mile race from Sydney, Australia, to Hobart, Tasmania, pits sailboats against the notoriously rough waters of Bass Strait and the Tasman Sea.

The 115 boats leaving Sydney Harbor on December 26, 1998, expected rough weather, but the gale that caught the boats well at sea in the predawn hours of December 27 was anything but routine. The freak, unseasonal storm brought hurricane-strength winds, waves six stories high, and the worst sailing disaster in recent history. Seven boats were abandoned at sea and five sank. Fifty-seven sailors were plucked from the decks of broken boats or from the sea itself under impossible conditions. Six sailors died.

Rob Mundle is a veteran Australian journalist and television reporter as well as a longtime competitive sailor. He has reported on six America’s Cup matches, four Olympics, and numerous other sailing events, and is the author of Ocean Warriors and other books.

About the Author:

Rob Mundle is the managing director of Rob Mundle Promotions Pty Ltd. and writes a weekly column for the Australian. A veteran reporter and television personality, he has also reported on five America’s Cups, three Olympics, and numerous other sailing events. He is the author of Sir James Hardy.

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