A collection of 45 first-hand accounts of yacht losses at sea
by Jack Coote
revised by Paul Gelder
This is an enthralling collection of 45 dramatic stories of yachts lost at sea. First published in 1985, Jack Coote's book of first hand accounts has been comprehensively updated and revised, with the addition of more than 20 new stories, including the loss of Pete Goss's 120-foot state-of-the-art catamaran Team Phillips in an Atlantic storm at the end of 2000.
The authors include such well-known sailors as Isabelle Autissier, Mike Richey, Josh Hall and Peter Crowther, as well as Phil Weld, Frank Mulville, Peter Tangvald and H.W. Tilman. Their moving, emotionally charged descriptions of abandoning their yachts at sea will have you on the edge of your seat. But these are more than gripping tales of disaster. They carry valuable lessons, which the survivors have been able to pass on to all that go to sea for pleasure. Here are tales of collisions with UFO's (unidentified floating objects), fire and explosions, exhaustion and crew failure, capsize, faulty navigation, dismastings and severe storms.
Every year hundreds of yachts are lost at sea. For those who wish to avoid similar fate, or learn how to best cope with emergencies, this book is essential, thought provoking bunkside reading. 320 pgs. 2002 Pub.