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eBook The Proving Ground : The Inside Story of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Race download ISBN: 0316499552
Author: G. Bruce Knecht
Publisher: Little Brown & Co; 1st edition (June 1, 2001)
Language: English
Pages: 320
ePub: 1959 kb
Fb2: 1587 kb
Rating: 4.6
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Category: Sports
Subcategory: Water Sports

The Proving Ground book.

The Proving Ground book. On December 26, 1998, 115 sailboats set out on the annual race from Sydney to Hobart; only 43 would make it to the Tasmanian city, the race having turned into the worst modern sailing disaster since the 1979 Fastnet Race.

The 1998 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race was the 54th annual running of the "blue water classic" Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. It was hosted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia based in Sydney, New South Wales

The 1998 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race was the 54th annual running of the "blue water classic" Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. It was hosted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia based in Sydney, New South Wales. It was the most disastrous in the race's history, with the loss of six lives and five yachts.

An Essay by G. Bruce Knecht The tragedies of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Race had a profound impact on every participant

An Essay by G. Bruce Knecht The tragedies of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Race . Bruce Knecht The tragedies of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Race had a profound impact on every participant. Writing The Proving Ground was also a big deal for me. It was my first book and I spent a tremendous amount of time with the people who became its main characters. Some of them became friends. This is an inside look at a treacherous race, the decisions made as it progressed, and personalities on land and how they changed at sea as they participated at different times in the crisis. Some are newsmakers, adding another layer to the story.

In the hours before the 1998 Sydney to Hobart race, skippers gathered for a weather briefing. An intense low pressure was predicted, but three different forecasts disagreed about the exact course of the stormy weather. No one was unduly alarmed and all decided to sail

In the hours before the 1998 Sydney to Hobart race, skippers gathered for a weather briefing. No one was unduly alarmed and all decided to sail. But within hours the yachts were confronted with hurricane-force winds and waves the height of a five-storey building. Six sailors died; fifty-five were pulled from the water. Of the 115 boats that started, just 43 would finish. In Hobart a memorial service replaced the legendary parties that normally follow the race.

In the hours before the 1998 Sydney to Hobart race, skippers gathered for a. .Include any personal information. Mention spoilers or the book's price. By focussing on a handful of yachts and those who crewed them, Bruce Knecht brilliantly recreates those dramatic hours and the stomach wrenching fear of those caught in the eye of the storm, battling, some forlornly, for their lives.

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A gripping account of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart race describes how the annual sailing competition became one of the worst modern sailing disasters that left six sailors dead and a number of yachts destroyed and profiles the special individuals who risk their lives at sea, including Oracle founder Larry Ellison. 75,000 first printing.
Comments: (7)
Moogura
This was a fascinating story about a subject with which I was completely unfamiliar. I had never heard of the Hobart and knew nothing whatsoever about sailing or yacht racing. I found that this book was an excellent introduction. The story of the disaster itself is a gripping tale - the author focuses on a few specific boats and specific crewmen, alternating between different boats and rescue professionals. I found it relatively easy to recall most of the backgrounds for each of the crewmen that were featured prominently, though some of the crewmen who were mentioned less frequently became jumbled to me.

Although this is a disaster story, and many of the men found themselves in terrible predicaments, I did find that several of the sailors were unlikeable due to their arrogance and unchecked ambition. Larry Ellison - the founder of Oracle - has always had a reputation for his aggressively arrogant nature, and this book didn't do a whole lot to cast him in a different light. Several other sailors had opportunities for growth and change during their harrowing experience and instead went on to be as self-aggrandizing as they were prior to the start of the race. It was hard to drum up sympathy for some of those individuals. However, there were several sailors who showed great strength of character before, during, and after the storm. Although he is not central to the story, Rupert Murdoch's son, Lachlan Murdoch, was aboard Larry Ellison's boat and came across as extremely hard-working and self-reflective.

If you are unfamiliar with yachts, some of the technical details (such as how boats broke apart during the storm) will be lost on you. Since my understanding of yachts is virtually non-existent and comes largely from seeing pictures of recreational yachts, I found it a little difficult to envision the bunks, life rafts, and the decks on a racing yacht, and I wish the book had more pictures. I used Google Images to supplement where the book fell short.

One note: I bought the Kindle edition, and I recommend bookmarking the pictures section and returning to it at the end of the book. Some of the pictures will end up being spoilers if you see them before you finish the book.
Cordalas
This was a very interesting book..The world of ocean yacht racing is a world far removed from most people. It is incredible what yachting enthusiasts will go through for their sport. The book mentions several prominent people that were involved in the Hobart race. The author spares no one in his description of the participants activities. Worth reading.
Thetalen
For openers, I like anything about adventure and boats. The author in the beginning introduced and explained the characters so well that you felt part of the events as they unfolded. The story unfolded with no lag in the adventure and happenings with each boat and crew. I wasn’t familiar with this sailboat race in Australia but used to follow the America’s Cup Race. Highly recommend this book.
Gaiauaco
Amazing book, couldn't put it down.

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 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 gripping 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 was over, the Winston Churchill would be no more.

A page-turner of the highest order, The Proving Ground is more than one of the most exciting adventure stories written in years. It is also an incisive look at the forces that continue to draw men who have triumphed on land to risk everything at sea.
Sudert
If you enjoy books about folks who may be more adventurous than you may be (surely than I am).... then you'll enjoy this book.

I always find it interesting to understand what drives those who are compelled to do what can be considered extreme adventure (although in this case, it was somewhat unpredictable). This is an inside look at a treacherous race, the decisions made as it progressed, and personalities on land and how they changed at sea as they participated at different times in the crisis. Some are newsmakers, adding another layer to the story.

Another reminder, that us mere mortals can't "outrun" nature, and that regardless of the money spent on materials, design, etc.... nature still wins!

It's a well written book, and a quick read. Unfortunately, lives were lost. My respects to those who perished and their families.