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A Voyage For Madmen I first bought this book almost 10 years ago, then gave my copy to a friend, who read it and then passed it onto someone else Rather fittingly, it seems as if my copy has done its own round the world voyage, passing to people in places like Australia, Singapore, Ireland and the US Heaven knows where it is now So I decided recently to buy another copy and re read it to see if it lived up to the passage of time and my own decade old memories I am pleased to say that it does and, if anything, I have enjoyed Peter Nichols wonderful tale even better the second time around.So why do I think that every man should read this book Well, there can t be many men who have not thought at some time, to leave the mundanity of the modern world behind and see what the world has in store for them Not just to sit on some paradise island, but to also push yourself to the limit, to see what your mind and body can cope with A Voyage for Madmen provides a wonderful retelling of men doing exactly that, in a challenge that was open to everyone, not just professional sportsmen with hugely expensive equipment, as would be the case nowadays Therefore, we have nine men setting out from England in boats to sail nonstop around the world, including one who had never sailed before, another who was a weekend coastal sailor and one who seemed to place most value on taking fine food and good wines with him in the boat.And once all these men are underway, the book takes us through the whole range of human mental conditions that the competitors experienced the soul sapping loneliness, the fear of dying a watery death far away from loved ones, the romanticism of being at one with nature in the middle of the vast oceans and, most shockingly, the descent into utter madness brought about from the pressures of cheating and lying to the whole world Yes, that s right cheating, which was probably the most famous aspect of this race and the protagonist is probably the most in famous participant of any sailing race that has ever been held.A Voyage for Madmen is one of those books that will live in your mind for a long time It is a book that is funny, tragic and uplifting at various junctures, but it is always fascinating and I hope that many others will take as much enjoyment from it as I have. This is the most amazing true story of sailing before the days of sat nav Fantastic characters entering the Sunday Times round the world non stop race which had never been done back in the 1960 s Knox Johnson, Mottesier and the tragic Donald Crowhurst all have different stories to tell I have read it twice and would read it again Brilliant. Everyone who takes an interest in this sort of thing knows about Knox Johnston and Moitessier and of course, poor Donald Crowhurt But what about the others Their stories are no less deserving and this is the only book I ve found with all of them Moreover, it s told in a sympathetic, engagingly awe struck style Five stars Many would know of Robin Knox Johnson, the ultimate winnner of the Golden Globe race in 1969, and some may have heard about Donald Crowhurst These were just two of the competitors who set out to become the first and fastest to sail solo non stop around the world.The author does well to describe how the race came about in the first instance and then how each of the various competitors then decided to take part The book develops each character and their stories well and take the reader through the race of each individual Well written and easy to follow, Nicholls seems to have taken a balanced view on each of the competitors, their various, and in some case not insignificant, quirks the performance of their yachts their progress during the race and, of course, the final outcome.Great book, easy reading and very well written. Rich With Excitement, Accomplished, Gripping And Authoritative, A Voyage For Madmen Is The Story Of The Yachting Tournament From Hell Written By A Man Who Is Himself A Gifted Sailor As Well As Writer Peter Nichols Previous Book, Sea Change, Was The Telling Account Of His Own Crossing Of The Atlantic In A Ridiculously Small Wooden Boat Now He S Taken The Skills He Employed In That Much Praised Slice Of Autobiography To Relay Another Quixotic Tale The Subject This Time Is The Infamous Golden Globe Yacht Race Of , When Nine Men, Some French, Some English, All Bonkers Hence The Title , Undertook The Most Challenging Adventure Of Their Lives The Goal Was To Sail Around The World Solo, A Feat No One Had Yet Achieved To Make Matters Just That Extra Bit Tricky Some Of The Sailors Were Total Novices The Book Analyses The Fate Of Each Sailor In Turn Using Polished, Craftsman Like, Clear And Sometimes Moving Prose, Nichols Describes How The Nine Fought Through Storms And Collisions, Through The Roaring S And The Furious S, And How Each Man Experienced Those Moments Of Solitary Despair, Lonely Disappointment And Occasional Mystical Elation That Are Unique To Long Haul Solo Sailing One Of The Most Commendable Features Of The Book Is The Way Nichols Discusses The Technical Side Of Yachtsmanship With Verve And Passion Without Ever Turning Into An Anorak This Is A Fine And Absorbing True Life Tragicomedy, Suitable For Landlubbers And Sea Dogs Alike Sean ThomasRich With Excitement, Accomplished, Gripping And Authoritative, A Voyage For Madmen Is The Story Of The Yachting Tournament From Hell Written By A Man Who Is Himself A Gifted Sailor As Well As Writer Peter Nichols Previous Book, Sea Change, Was The Telling Account Of His Own Crossing Of The Atlantic In A Ridiculously Small Wooden Boat Now He S Taken The Skills He Employed In That Much Praised Slice Of Autobiography To Relay Another Quixotic Tale The Subject This Time Is The Infamous Golden Globe Yacht Race Of , When Nine Men, Some French, Some English, All Bonkers Hence The Title , Undertook The Most Challenging Adventure Of Their Lives The Goal Was To Sail Around The World Solo, A Feat No One Had Yet Achieved To Make Matters Just That Extra Bit Tricky Some Of The Sailors Were Total Novices The Book Analyses The Fate Of Each Sailor In Turn Using Polished, Craftsman Like, Clear And Sometimes Moving Prose, Nichols Describes How The Nine Fought Through Storms And Collisions, Through The Roaring S And The Furious S, And How Each Man Experienced Those Moments Of Solitary Despair, Lonely Disappointment And Occasional Mystical Elation That Are Unique To Long Haul Solo Sailing One Of The Most Commendable Features Of The Book Is The Way Nichols Discusses The Technical Side Of Yachtsmanship With Verve And Passion Without Ever Turning Into An Anorak This Is A Fine And Absorbing True Life Tragicomedy, Suitable For Landlubbers And Sea Dogs Alike Sean Thomas

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