So, you think you’d like to sail around the world?
Imagine sunsets across calm oceans, cocktails at cosy anchorages, landfalls in amazing new places....
And then imagine something else, imagine taking part in one of the planet’s last great adventures. Imagine the story of an incredible race, ripping and roaring through the seven seas. Imagine a tale of endurance, deprivation, fear and courage, a story of winners and losers, those who made it and those who did not. Imagine ‘Spanish Castle to White Night – the Race Around the World’.
The Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 ran for 37,000 miles through 10 stages across the world’s seas and oceans. It was raced in the planet’s fastest and most demanding monohull, the Volvo Open 70, capable of sustaining speeds of well over 30 knots. The boat and the course made this the most exacting of all crewed sailboat races, a microscopic examination of the sailing skill, seamanship, stamina and strategy of the 11 men aboard each boat.
This book charts the story of some of the 88 men who left Alicante in October 2008 to win that race. It followed them through the next nine months as they endured and enjoyed every possible emotion, their human story intertwined with the raw elements of nature and the extraordinary technology on which their success and sometimes even their survival depended:
Fly through the Southern Ocean at world record pace, until there is a sickening, loud bang.
Wake up to a middle-of-the-night phone call from a badly damaged boat at the mercy of freezing southern seas.
Endure a demolition derby at the hands of Monsoon storms and Japan’s Black Tide.
Battle for 40 days and 40 nights to cross the Pacific from north to south and west to east, round Cape Horn and finally escape to balmy Brazil.
Snap a rudder amidst the snow and fog of the North Atlantic in winter.
This account of the 2008-09 Volvo Ocean Race is now available in this text-only, eBook edition of the original, highly-illustrated Spanish Castle to White Night, winner of the Sportel Monaco 2009 Award. It’s the second of two accounts of round the world races written by Mark Chisnell, the first is ‘Risk to Gain.’
Reviews for Spanish Castle to White Night.
‘I doubt I'll ever circle the globe in a racing boat, and I'm not sure I even want to, but Mark Chisnell has made the experience real. This is a marvellous book about a great adventure, and anyone fascinated by sailing should have it on their shelf.’
‘Racing around the world looks as though it has progressed significantly since I had a go on Drum in '86; certainly on a technical level. The boats are lighter, faster and sailing more on the edge than ever before. But the experience of the men who sail them remains the same. It's muscle and nerve and the will to win, to get you across a big, big ocean. There's a whole lot of seawater out there to drive you crazy as you go around.’
Simon Le Bon.
‘Emotions, tactics and conditions are brought to life for the reader throughout and, whether you are a sailor or not, you will find yourself carried around the world on a captivating journey.’
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About the Author
Mark Chisnell has written 16 books, they’ve been translated into five languages and topped sales and download charts in the USA, UK, Germany, Italy and Spain. Mark writes suspense and mystery thrillers, technical books on the art and science of racing sailboats, along with non-fiction books and journalism on travel, sport and technology for some of the world's leading magazines and newspapers, including Esquire and the Guardian. Mark began his writing with travel stories, while hitch-hiking around the world. He got a job sweeping up and making tea with the British America’s Cup team in Australia in 1987 to earn the money to get home. He worked his way onto the boat as navigator and has sailed and worked with six more America’s Cup teams since then. He’s also won three World Championships in sailing, and currently runs the Technical Innovation Group at Land Rover BAR, Sir Ben Ainslie’s British America’s Cup team. Mark now lives by a river in the UK with his wife, two young sons and a dog – whenever he gets a couple of minutes peace he can usually be found reading a Jack Reacher novel, or the latest from Michael Lewis or Malcolm Gladwell.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I've followed this race for many years and I have to say this is the best account of the Volvo Race I've ever read.From the first gun in Alicante to the final gun in St. Petersburgh he gives you the stories straight from he boats. If you've never followed this race I think that this will make you want to and become a fan of it,there is never a dull moment.