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This is basically a compendium of highlights from the research that Chichester was doing at the time (1966) in preparation for the nonstop single-handed circumnavigation that would make him famous the following year. Having read up all he could on the conditions encountered by his predecessors, from Joshua Slocum to the clipper ship captains who sought out the gales of the Roaring Forties in order to make their record passages, he published this selection of quotes and narratives, tied together
Fascinating series of observations about the sea and excerpts from accounts of sea travel, particularly those following a trade pathway called the "clipper way." Incredible accounts of observations and experiences pack this book, picked carefully for the most interesting and easy to read sequences.
A wonderful collection of excerpts from some of the best writing about sailing. This one would possibly be worth owning! And definitely worth mining for what to read next - I read Cachalot based on the samples in here, for example.
Great book! If you're interested in history of sailing, especially in its most glorious times when 'The Clipper Way' was busy then this book is for you. Francis Chichester makes a good compilation of stories by other authors which cover in very colourful details most of parts of that ocean path.
Just started this one, can't wait to hear about the roaring 40s
Great read if you want to be terrified of sailing the southern ocean - running down the easting.