“The wind used to be blowing at typhoon 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 up him, the icy water operating its means down inside of his survival suit.” —from Close to the Wind via Pete Goss
In Near loss of life at the excessive Seas, Cecil Kuhne collects essentially the most terrifying and superb stories of sailors confronting the remarkable, uncooked strength of the ocean. those tales-filled with daily heroes and survivors-comprise a riveting and sometimes breathtaking selection of striking tales that exhibit 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 live to tell the tale in a five-foot existence raft for seventy six days, scuffling with off sharks with a makeshift spear.
• Francis Chischester's 'Gipsy Moth' Circles The World-the stirring tale of a one man's solo sail worldwide at age 65.
• John Rousmaniere's Fastnet, strength 10-in one of many worst crusing tragedies in historical past, an important rescue operation happens amidst sixty-knot winds and forty-foot breaker waves.
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Yet chiefly, they appear to be looking for whatever, whatever vitally important within the wind and spray. however, Cape robins are pleasant and curious from time to time, after they appear to move the time of day. only for enjoyable, they arrive over in twos and threes to ascertain at the rigging and play with the eddies within the lee of the sails. They sideslip so nimbly that I can’t hold them within the Beaulieu’s rangefinder. i might supply much to tame a Cape robin. they don't remain lengthy sufficient, although, and every flock I meet retains to its personal territory. notwithstanding we've virtually reached the thirty seventh parallel, the elements retains altering, occasionally unexpectedly. It rained or drizzled all final evening and at last rinsed the sails, permitting me to gather 8 gallons of water. At dawn a gentle band some distance to windward cuts around the low ceiling. An hour later the sky is blue, with little around cumulus and a SW wind saying reasonable climate. in the direction of eleven o’clock I start to ponder whether the sunlight should be out for the midday sight and that i take an early sight simply to be at the secure facet, as heavy altocumulus and doubtless stratus shut in in a short time from the west. I nonetheless have the capacity to seize the solar on the meridian throughout the veil of stratus; then it clears. yet a short while later the southern horizon is blocked by means of a really heavy cloudbank displaying protuberances and rain. I shook out the reefs this morning; I tie them in back, one each one in major and mizzen. No element in reefing the staysail; due to the fact that i need to remain on deck, will probably be less complicated to take it down if the wind turns gusty, and lift it back later. No gusts. but the seas construct and start to wreck with none actual elevate of wind. Then it starts off drizzling and the wind eases to strength four, veering to the SSW. i am going under to gulp down a can of Camembert with military biscuits and a few custard, as I had no longer eaten and the clock says 2 P. M. while i'm going again on deck ten mins later, i locate that the 2 buckets hung lower than the booms have greater than a gallon of water. I pour my valuable gallon into the jerry can, thanking heaven and cursing the volatile climate, because the wind is all the way down to strength three, and the uneven sea is taking its toll of the sails. I shake out the reefs at three P. M. , below a sky protected from one horizon to the opposite. nonetheless, the log indicates eighteen miles coated considering the fact that midday; that's 6 knots, for the instant. yet miles are hard-won round the following. SW strength five wind back at 3:30 P. M. similar sky, similar kind of climate. a bit nap. through the following day’s sight a hundred and sixty miles were coated. attractive climate from the SW, wind strength five to six, very mentioned seas, all blue and beautiful. The cumulus are great and around, rather than flattened as and so they are the following. It rained or drizzled back final evening, regardless of the often dry SW wind, and that i obtained as much as acquire water from the buckets. they're approximately complete back this morning. So I now have greater than ten gallons in my jerry cans, which I pour into the tank. the 2 final months’ near-absence of rain had me frightened, as did the sails’ obdurate saltiness. i've been feeling drained for per week.