One person. One boat. And mile upon mile of open sea. Ever since
Joshua Slocum circumnavigated the globe in 1895 - 98, sailors have
dreamed of taking to the high seas alone. In 1966 Sir Francis
Chichester astonished the world by sailing solo around the globe in
just 226 days. Two years later Robin Knox-Johnston became the first
person to do it nonstop. It''s a dream to which many sailors have
devoted their lives; some have lost their lives in the pursuit.
With lavish, full-color photography and dramatic prose, Sailing
Solo pays homage to the world''s greatest sailors and gives
you first-hand accounts of every major single-handed race.
In the century since Slocum''s pioneering voyage, the boats have
changed but the sea has not. Single-handed voyaging is still the
ultimate test of resourcefulness, courage, endurance, and
imagination. Here is a rich history and celebration of the great
voyages, the races, and the men and women who sail them.
Sailing Solo includes:
- Dramatic accounts of the most grueling yachting races in the
world, including the Ostar, Figaro, Mini-Transat, Route du Rhum,
Around Alone, and Vendee Globe, in which sailors surf down 40-foot
waves at speeds exceeding 20 knots, thousands of miles from any
- Full-length profiles with fact boxes of the greatest sailors,
including Robin Knox-Johnston, Eric Tabarly, Mike Birch, Christophe
Auguin, and Ellen MacArthur.
- Detailed maps of the routes, with key locations
- Insightful analysis of how the demands of the single-handed
sailor have led to technological advances in boat design.
Ever since the first Observer Single-Handed Transatlantic Race
in 1960, the idea of lone sailors pitting their wits against each
other and the elements has captured the public''s imagination.
Sailing Solo traces the history of each race, introduces
the skippers, and explains the impact of design and technology on
the boats they race. From the philosophy of Bernard Moitessier to
the grit of Eric Tabarly and the professionalism of Ellen
MacArthur, discover what makes sailors tackle that ultimate of all
challenges: sailing alone.
A Lone Sailor on a Vast Ocean
"I am still completely amazed by the early pioneers of solo
sailing. Imagine setting sail on a tiny boat with only the most
basic of safety equipment, foul weather gear, and navigational
aids. This is what Slocum, Chichester, Rose, and Hasler did. Even
when Sir Robin Knox-Johnston set the nonstop round-the-world record
on Suhaili, he did so with few of the sophisticated aids
and modern comforts we have now. Robin set his record of 313 days
in 1968 - 69, seven years before I was born. Now, the monohull
record stands at 93 days--a lot has been achieved in 26 years!
"Nic effortlessly recounts many of the greatest solo stories,
demonstrating his understanding of the sea and the sailors who are
prepared to sacrifice everything to compete on the world''s oceans.
These tales of great human endeavor leave you feeling in awe of the
men and women who have attempted these incredible voyages."--from
the Foreword by Ellen MacArthur, fastest woman to circumnavigate
the globe alone