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His commitment to fabricating the voyage reports seems incomplete and self-defeating, as he reported unrealistically fast progress that was sure to arouse suspicion.

The Strange Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst

Guide To Better Acol Bridge. He was not your ordinary sort of man, and this is not an ordinary sort of book. Nov 22, Mrs B rated it it was amazing Shelves: He helped design – in – a futuristic trimaran with an electronic “computer” that he was sure would break all records.

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After rounding the tip of South America in early Stranye, Moitessier had made a dramatic decision in March to drop out of the race and to sail on towards Tahiti. He remembers going out with the rest of the family in a motor boat, to the yacht his father was sailing around the world.

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He ceased radio communications again on June 29,made his last log entry on July 1, and the Teignmouth Electron was vlyage abandoned on July 10th. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. In the early hours of the next day he was awoken by the sounds of tearing wood. Doomed sailor Donald Crowhurst is ripe for a biopic — as two rival films demonstrate.


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Tomalin and Hall have done a brilliant job in recreating not only Crowhurst’s voyage, but what led him to the position he found himself in: The Golden Globe Race was inspired by Francis Chichester ‘s successful single-handed round-the-world voyage, stopping in Sydney. The author has reconstructed this man’s experiences based on the logs Crowhurst kept several crowurst on his boat, and has done a masterful job taking us along on his internal as well as external journey.

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Bernard Moitessier was having such a good time in the Roaring Forties that he decided to drop out and circle the globe again. It appears crowhurdt, a kind of violation. Nicholas Tomalin and Ron Voywge In he was nominated “Reporter of the Year” for his coverage of the Vietnam War. Jim Ratcliffe of Ineos to fund challenge for most prestigious event in world sailing. Cochrane insists that his new friend, Kydd, is in the forefront of the assault armada, a motley collection of rocket, bomb and fire ships that will set the anchorage ablaze – this despite Kydd’s almost pathological fear of fire.


Learning to Sail Basil Mosenthal. From in-depth interviews with Crowhurst’s family and friends and telling excerpts from his logbooks, Tomalin and Hall develop a tale of tragic self-delusion and public deception, a haunting portrait of a complex, deeply troubled man and his journey into the heart of darkness. The book is generally fairly fast-moving but it gets bogged down a bit towards the end with some pseudo-psychology that doesn’t add much to the narrative.

Back cover copy “A masterpiece. But he decided that building a custom boat and sailing around the world was a good idea.

You see, he knew when to quit. The hastily designed vessel performed poorly under Crowhurst’s inexperienced hand, but he would not – or crpwhurst not – admit defeat. Mar 27, Cynthia rated it it was amazing. Hoping that the storm would soon blow over, he lowered all sail and went to sleep with the boat lying ahull.

In the South Atlantic he announced that low battery power would require him to maintain radio silence through the Indian and Pacific Oceans.