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Close to the Wind

Goss, Pete

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ISBN 10: 0708991009 / ISBN 13: 9780708991008
Published by Charnwood, Leicester, 1999
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X-Library with normal flaws.LARGE PRINT.The hard cover has very light shelf wear . Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # NF 09655

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Title: Close to the Wind

Publisher: Charnwood, Leicester

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hard Cover

Illustrator: Illustrated

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: 1st - Large Print.

Book Type: Hard Back

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'More impressive than fiction could ever be...compelling' - INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY 'A truly inspirational, incredible story' - SOUTH WALES ARGUS 'This is a wonderful book, I recommend it' - SPECTATOR Pete Goss became a national hero on Christmas Day, 1996. While competing in the Vendee Globe, the non-stop, single-handed round-the-world yacht race, recognised as one of the ultimate human challenges, he received a Mayday from Frenchman and fellow competitor Raphael Dinelli. Turning into hurricane-force winds in the desolate wastes of the southern ocean, he scuppered his own chances in the race. However, forty-eight hours later the impossible had been achieved as he pulled the near-dead Dinelli from his life raft. Here, Pete Goss shares his adventures, thoughts, hardships and philosophy - and the lessons learned - during the race and the ten years of preparation for it.


On 25 December, 1996, Pete Goss turned his 50-foot yacht Aqua Quorum back into a hurricane-force headwind to rescue French sailor Raphael Dinelli. He risked his life and any chance of winning one of the world's great yachting challenges--the Vendee Globe nonstop, single-handed, round-the-world race. Instead, he was awarded France's highest honor, the Legion d'Honneur.

Close to the Wind is Goss's story. He starts the book with his years of preparation as a merchant seaman and skipper on one of the 10 yachts in Chay Blyth's British Steel Challenge. He describes how he attempted to get sponsorship but was constantly rebuffed, and he discusses the hardships he faced--nights before business meetings spent sleeping on platforms because there was no money to spare for a room, for instance. The drama of the Vendee is recounted in detail, down to Goss's having to operate on his elbow without anesthetic and with only the assistance of faxed instructions. And will he race again? In fact, he plans to set off on in a 115-foot catamaran in The Race, December 2000.

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