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The world-famous Fastnet Race takes yachts from the Isle of Wight to the Fastnet Rock off the southwest coast of Ireland and back.

Read unlimited books and audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. The world-famous Fastnet Race takes yachts from the Isle of Wight to the Fastnet Rock off the southwest coast of Ireland and back. The 1979 race began in perfect conditions, but was soon engulfed by the deadliest storm in the history of modern sailing. By the time it passed, the havoc caused was immeasurable, and fifteen sailors had lost their lives. It had been Nick Ward's childhood ambition to sail in the Fastnet Race, and being asked to join the crew of the 30-foot yacht Grimalkin was a dream come true. But then the storm hit.

The author is finally able to lay ghosts to rest, 30 years after the incident, while taking the reader to t Coming to on a storm ravaged sea with a dying crewmate, you can almost taste the salt spray and feel his emotional trauma as he wrestles to save a sinking yacht, alone in a Force 10 storm. Brilliantly engaging, chilling and horrifically scary in equal measures, this is a harrowing tale in which the suddenness of the storm appearing is recreated by the genial writing up to the impact point.

The author is finally able to lay ghosts to rest, 30 years after the incident, while taking the reader to the very heart of the drama. An incredible guy with an unbelievable story.

I'm not involved with the world of sailing, but his narrative is a real backdrop for any lay reader to the horrific circumstances of that race. His description of the yacht, skipper and crew in the early chapters really sets the scene. I had a genuine sense of the people involved, their role and the challenging nature of the race itself. The author is finally able to lay ghosts to rest, 30 years after the incident, while taking the reader to the very heart of the drama.

The world-famous Fastnet Race takes yachts from the Isle of Wight to the Fastnet Rock off the southwest coast of. .Nick and another crewmember, both unconscious, were left on the beleaguered yacht in the middle of the Irish Sea. Both were presumed dead.

The world-famous Fastnet Race takes yachts from the Isle of Wight to the Fastnet Rock off the southwest coast of Ireland and back. Gerry died a few hours later, and Nick was left to face the storm alone.

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The 1979 race began in perfect conditions, but was soon engulfed by the deadliest storm in the history of modern sailing

The 1979 race began in perfect conditions, but was soon engulfed by the deadliest storm in the history of modern sailing.

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It took me less than a day to read this book from the first to the last page. Once you start it, you won't want to put it down before the very last word.

In August of 1979, Nick Ward began the 600-mile course of the UK's Fastnet Race with perfect weather. It took me less than a day to read this book from the first to the last page. Nick Ward isn't the greatest writer, but his story is well told and perhaps the lack of perfection underlines the authenticity.

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Comments: (7)

Sharpmane
Heart pounding, I read the recounting of Nick Ward's tragic experience of the 1979 Fastnet yacht race. Yes, this is a fast paced tale of one of the worst yachting tragedies in history, but it is much more than that; it offers a glimpse of the moral fiber of a man left behind, left for dead. It is an honest, mind numbing confession of a survivor. The thoughts, decisions and actions taken by Ward as he drifted in huge seas with a dead companion are a testament to his willingness to be totally vulnerable about what happened aboard the 30' yacht Grimalkin.
Awesome courage and a great read. Highly recommended.
Skillet
In sailboat racing the Fastnet Race, (where the English Channel meets the Irish Sea at the Atlantic Ocean), is the Holy Grail. If you are lucky enough to be chosen to crew on a boat in the race forevermore your reputation as a sailor is sealed. Nick Ward's account of being in the Fastnet Race of 1979 and left for dead on the Atlantic Ocean when he was twenty four years old is riveting. Epileptic and talking to his dead crew mate for eighteen hours before being the last person rescued, he survived on a tin of milk and extraordinary mental stamina gained from having a brain hemmorage when he was fifteen years old.
Writing the story 26 years later including technical explanations, weather charts and excerpts from the Official Fastnet Inquiry, Nick does a great job giving the reader a 360 degree view of what happened that day. He even quotes what Ted Turner, the'79 winner had to say about the race.'"Every time you go in an airplane you risk your life. Every time you get in a car you risk your life. Who'd have thought the Titanic would go down? If you stay ashore you die- eventually. Storms like that happen." He was right, I would much rather have been taking part than watching.' Nick's love of the seas and fairness in depicting the events of the race make for a gripping and educational tale.
Delalbine
Left for Dead: Surviving the Deadliest Storm in Modern Sailing History is a remarkable page-turner of a book. Nick Ward never bogs down in his first-person account of the infamous 1979 Fastnet Race. Anyone starting this book should make no other plans, as every interruption I experienced was deeply resented. When Nick was finally rescued, I was a little startled to find myself in Atlanta in 2013, warm and dry and not somewhere on the English coast. This is at least a 10 star book.
Saimath
I am big fan of survival literature. This book did not disappoint. The events were intense and clearly written. This was an easy and enjoyable read.
Longitude Temporary
Horrifying to read... can't even imagine!!!
Querlaca
I picked up this book after reading The Billionaire and the Mechanic by Julian Guthrie and The Proving Ground by G. Bruce Knecht. When America's Cup came to San Francisco last year, I became interested in learning more about this prestigious race, which led me to learn more about the sailors and other sailing races as well. I found Left for Dead (as well as the other two books) to be fantastic reads. It was amazing to hear Nick's story about surviving the 1979 Fastnet Race. The book was an easy and exciting read and after reading these last few books on sailing races, I have a greater respect and appreciation for the sport and the sailors. Sailing is a demanding sport and the sea can be so unforgiving. If you are looking for an exciting adventure, read this book!
Deorro
In my opinion this is a very interesting book. The action is breathtaking and you keep reading to see what's next. I liked it a lot. I liked the action part better than the "how I felt" part, but the book is really good. I would definitely recommend it for yachting lovers!
A very good read! It would make the newcomer to sailing not want to cruise at all. I however was very inspired by it and want to sail around the world more than ever
Left For Dead: 30 Years On - The Race is Finally Over download epub
ISBN: 1408128160
Category: No category
Language: English
Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd; 2nd Revised edition edition (September 1, 2010)