The Proving Ground

The Proving Ground

The Inside Story of the 1998 Sydney-to-Hobart Race

Book - 2001
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"The worst disaster in recent ocean racing history began the day after Christmas 1998 on a postcard-perfect summer day in Sydney Harbor. One hundred and fifteen yachts gathered for the start of a 630-mile race that would take them across one of the world's most treacherous bodies of water and on to Hobart, on Tasmania's rugged east coast. The December sky was a brilliant blue, and spectators crowded along the shore to cheer as the boats set off. Less than twenty-four hours later, the fleet would be shredded by hurricane-force winds and battered by eighty-foot waves. When it was all over, men would be dead, boats would be lost, and those who survived would be forever changed." "The Proving Ground is the account of what happened, focusing on three yachts, with a cast of characters straight out of a novel. There was Sayonara, owned by Larry Ellison, the world's second-richest man and a restless soul with an almost pathological need to win. His crew included Lachlan Murdoch, Rupert's heir apparent, a twenty-seven-year-old with an inexplicable taste for danger. On the Sword of Orion, a pharmacist-entrepreneur hoped to fulfill a childhood dream, even though it would require him to make a sudden leap from sailing novice to grand prix yachtsman - a leap that would end in disaster. On the Winston Churchill, a classic wooden yacht that had competed in the very first Sydney to Hobart Race fifty-three years earlier, the crew included a nineteen-year-old whose friends called him Beaver, an investment banker, and a garbage collector. Before the race war over, the Winston Churchill would be no more."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, and Co. 2001.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780316499552
Branch Call Number: 797.14/KNEC
Characteristics: 295p. 24cm.


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