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Chris Eakin A RACE TOO FAR First Edition Signed

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First edition, first print hardback of The Tragic Story of the 1968 Golden Globe Yacht Race, published by Ebury Press in 2009. Signed and inscribed by Eakin on the title page. Full numberline 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2
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First edition, first print hardback of A RACE TOO FAR: The Tragic Story of the 1968 Golden Globe Yacht Race, by Chris Eakin. Published by Ebury Press, London, in 2009. Signed and inscribed by Eakin on the title page. Full numberline 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2 on the copyright page.

The book is in very good condition (Clean black cloth boards with copper lettering on the spine) with only minor wear to the pictorial dust jacket, which is not price clipped (light creasing to the edges). Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears and no other inscriptions.

Chris is a qualified RYA Yachtmaster Offshore. He is a presenter on the BBC News Channel. He has been a journalist on newspapers and in broadcasting for more than 30 years.

"In 1968, the Sunday Times organised the Golden Globe race - an incredible test of endurance never before achieved - a round the world yacht race that had to be completed single-handed and non-stop, without pause for supplies or refuelling.

Of the nine sailors who started the race, four pulled out within weeks. The remaining five each have their own remarkable story. Chay Blyth, fresh from rowing the Atlantic with John Ridgway, had no sailing experience but managed to sail round the Cape of Good Hope before retiring. Nigel Tetley sank whilst in the lead with 1,100 nautical miles to go, he survived but died two years later in tragic circumstances.

Donald Crowhurst began showing signs of mental illness whilst at sea, he tried to fake a round the world voyage before dissappearing and leaving his boat adrift in an apparent suicide. He was never found. Bernard Moitessier abandoned the race whilst in a strong position and dropped anchor in Tahiti, where he settled and fathered a child by a local woman despite having a wife and family in Paris. Robin Knox-Johnston was the only one to complete the race.

Forty years on, Chris Eakin recreates the drama of the epic race and talks to all those touched by the tragedies surrounding the Golden Globe. It is a book that both evokes the primary wonder of the adventure itself and reflects on what it has come to mean to both those involved and those left behind.

By now, the ‘race’ had been underway for seven months and probably had another six to go. Already there had been chaos. Storm force winds at the bottom of Africa had knocked boats out. Others suffered structural damage.

Their battered skippers were left with potentially life or death decisions. Should they carry on beyond the point of no return, into the vast and wild Southern Ocean, or should they give up?

No-one had ever achieved what each was striving for, to be the first person to sail around the world single-handed without stopping."

'An outstanding book and one you must read.' - Yachting World

'...a cautionary tale of peril on the sea, and one told very well.' - Independent on Sunday

320 pages. Illustrated with colour and black & white photographs.

ISBN: 9780091932596

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  • Product Code:
    2403
  • Product Weight:
    0.6kg
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