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Fastnet Force 10. (Peter Du Cane Signed Book)

Rousmaniere, John

ISBN 10: 0245535748 / ISBN 13: 9780245535741
Editorial: Nautical Books, Hampshire, 1980
Usado Condición: Good
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HB DJ 1st GB Ed. See pic. DJ not clipped. Black cloth boards. Gilt titles spine. 23.2 x 15.3cm. 287 pages. b/w photos. Saturday 11th August 1979. 303 sailing boats with 2,700 people on board set off in ideal conditions from Cowes, Isle of Wight, for the biennial Fastnet yacht race. 72 hours later, 15 sailors had drowned, several boats sunk, more than 20 had been abandoned and a huge air-sea rescue was under way. John Rousmaniere who sailed in the race, tells the story and deeds of heroism by the Navy, RAF, Lifeboat, other ships, fishing vessels and by the yachtsmen themselves. Some amazing photos. To add to the interest of the book, this was Peter Du Cane's own copy. Signed in blue pen o/p dated 1980 with an impressed address stamp in the top right corner. Commander Du Cane was an author, sailor, MD and Chair of Vospers - builders of high speed naval crafts + Bluebird II. I have a number of books from the estate. Condition: DJ scuffed on top and bottom of spine. Edges slightly dusty, grubby, should wipe off. Boards slight sunning front bottom edge. Slight white mark top right corner, otherwise good colour and condition. Internally clean, little wear, tight binding, good colour. Good + condition. N° de ref. de la librería 003219

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Título: Fastnet Force 10. (Peter Du Cane Signed Book...

Editorial: Nautical Books, Hampshire

Año de publicación: 1980

Ilustrador: Various

Condición del libro:Good

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Good

Edición: First.

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In August 1979, 303 yachts began the 600-mile Fastnet Race from the Isle of Wight off the southwest coast of England to Fastnet Rock off the Irish coast and back.

It began in fine weather, then suddenly became a terrifying ordeal. A Force 10, sixty-knot storm swept across the North Atlantic with a speed that confounded forecasters, slamming into the fleet with epic fury. For twenty hours, 2,500 men and women were smashed by forty-foot breaking waves, while rescue helicopters and lifeboats struggled to save them. By the time the race was over, fifteen people had died, twenty-four crews had abandoned ship, five yachts had sunk, 136 sailors had been rescued, and only 85 boats had finished the race. John Rousmaniere was there, and he tells the tragic story of the greatest disaster in the history of yachting as only one who has sailed through the teeth of a killer storm can. With a new introduction by the author.

About the Author:

John Rousmaniere has sailed in over 35,000 miles of offshore voyaging and racing. He crewed on the 48-foot Toscana in the fateful Fastnet Race of 1979.

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