The Last Man Across the Atlantic

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In 1960, when Sir Francis Chichester first raced single-handed across the Atlantic, it was widely regarded as a voyage only for the insane. Nowadays, the Singlehanded Transatlantic Race is not only accorded the greatest of respect, but it’s also recognized as a true test of stamina, seamanship, and navigation. But this doesn’t mean that it’s exclusively a race for heroes. In 2005, Paul Heiney, an amateur sailor by any measure, entered the race to prove that the spirit of the transatlantic pioneers can still get you from one side of the Atlantic to the other, if you try hard enough. He sailed in a standard family cruiser, in which he had the utmost confidence; but his trust in his own abilities was much less certain. The Last Man Across the Atlantic is an engrossing account of what it was like to be out there alone.

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Paul Heiney is a well-known writer and broadcaster who will be remembered for his appearances on That's Life. More recently, he has been part of the BBC's Watchdog team and presenter of Radio 4's Home Truths. In a richly varied life, he has also been an organic farmer and a carthorse enthusiast. He lives in Suffolk with his wife.

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What happens when an amateur sailor decides to pit himself against the rigors of the Singlehanded Transatlantic Race?

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