Godforsaken Sea: The True Story of a Race Through the World’s Most Dangerous Waters by Derek Lundy

September 2017

Another gripping account of sailing, this time of the Vendée Globe - a single-handed, non-stop, around-the-world race, which must count as one of the most audacious sporting events ever. The descriptions of the Southern Ocean are terrifying, and the stories of the participants in this particular race (1996-7) are fascinating and sometimes bizarre. I devoured the book over the course of some blustery nights on the coast of Ireland and enjoyed every minute of it.

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