Near Death on the High Seas: True Stories of Disaster and Survival (Vintage Departures)
“The wind used to be blowing at storm strength-sixty-five knots and over-and expanding within the gusts to 80 knots. His boat used to be browsing on waves as excessive as a sixty-foot, six-storey construction. . .Each wave that struck choked and iced over him, the icy water operating its approach down inside of his survival suit.” —from Close to the Wind through Pete Goss
In Near dying at the excessive Seas, Cecil Kuhne collects probably the most terrifying and unbelievable stories of sailors confronting the amazing, uncooked energy of the ocean. those tales-filled with daily heroes and survivors-comprise a riveting and sometimes breathtaking number of awesome tales that convey the poor ferocity of the untamable ocean.
• Thor Heyerdahl's Kon-Tiki- the historical and celebrated trip of the Kon-Tiki because it trips around the Pacific.
• Steve Callahan's Adrift- a solo sailor loses his boat within the Atlantic needs to continue to exist in a five-foot existence raft for seventy six days, combating off sharks with a makeshift spear.
• Francis Chischester's 'Gipsy Moth' Circles The World-the stirring tale of a one man's solo sail all over the world at age 65.
• John Rousmaniere's Fastnet, strength 10-in one of many worst crusing tragedies in heritage, a major rescue operation occurs amidst sixty-knot winds and forty-foot breaker waves.
I stated whilst I resurfaced, “you’re a mermaid.” Jury-rigging the stuffing field to forestall the leak became out to be more uncomplicated than we’d inspiration. a whole fix might suggest remounting the engine, yet that may need to wait. lets get by means of, at the very least till Ponape. yet when you locate paradise, you don’t are looking to go away. Who is aware whilst or if you’ll ever locate it back? below the boat, abundant evidence that God is an artist, have been pastel reticulated mind corals, fireplace corals, plate corals, five-foot-wide anemones.
How it’s lifting and falling.” He was once declaring a mammoth block of ice, might be the scale of a two-storey apartment, which had a particular, gruesome gray band alongside its reduce aspect. every time the swell moved it, this chew of ice rose up ponderously, tilted, after which got here smashing down with its darkish underbelly in order that the water gushed from the undercut part. “It wouldn’t be very friendly if Brendan bought pushed below the sting of that one,” I commented. “We’d be pulverized as though by way of a steam hammer.”.
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around in nice leaps, it thrashed on the bamboo wall, utilizing its tail as a sledge hammer. Now it now not spared its iron muscular tissues. the massive jaws have been opened vast, and the rows of tooth bit and snapped within the air for whatever they can succeed in. it may possibly occur that the battle dance led to the shark’s roughly involuntarily tumbling overboard and disappearing for strong after its shameful humiliation, yet frequently the shark flung itself approximately at random at the logs aft, until we bought a operating noose.
achieve the top of the lengthy ribbon of froth that ends up in Plymouth. yet now there are moments whilst i think a superb vacancy within, while i'm now not certain the place to move. i've got all started taking Pentavit drugs (vitamin B complex), and should hold at it for a month, simply because my fatigue should be because of nutrition deficiency. yet i'm going to even have to take extra curiosity in cooking: diet pills won't ever substitute a hearty urge for food. chiefly, commence exercise, as I used to do within the outdated days. And move on deck.