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[PDF] ↠ The Proving Ground : The Inside Story of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Race Author G. Bruce  Knecht – Sigilo.us
  • Hardcover
  • 304 pages
  • The Proving Ground : The Inside Story of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Race
  • G. Bruce Knecht
  • English
  • 15 May 2017
  • 9780316499552

The Proving Ground : The Inside Story of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart RaceOn December Sailboats Set Out On The Annual Race From Sydney To Hobart Only Would Make It To The Tasmanian City, The Race Having Turned Into The Worst Modern Sailing Disaster Since The Fastnet Race Combining The Best Elements Of The Perfect Storm WW Norton, And Barbarians At The Gate HarperCollins The Proving Ground Is A Gripping Narrative That Follows The Fates Of Three Yachts, Including Sayonara, Owned By Larry Ellison, The Founder Of Oracle From The Chilling Explanation Of How An Olympic Sailor Came To Be Catapulted From A Yacht And Why Its Crew Could Do Nothing To Save Him, To The Dramatic Journeys Of Two Leaky Life Rafts, The Proving Ground Is An Exhilarating Read

G Bruce Knecht is a former senior writer and foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal Author of GRAND AMBITION An Extraordinary Yacht, the People Who Built It, and the Millionaire Who Can t Really Afford It THE PROVING GROUND The Inside Story of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Race and HOOKED Pirates, Poaching and the Perfect Fish, he has also written for The Atlantic Monthly, The New

10 thoughts on “The Proving Ground : The Inside Story of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Race

  1. says:

    I truly have mixed emotions about The Proving Ground, G Bruce Knechts true life account of the disastrous 1998, 630 mile Sydney, Australia to Hobart yacht race Some have compared this book to The Perfect Storm, but aside from the basic scenario of man versus the treacherous whims of Mother Nature there is really no comparison While the men of Perfect Storm were driven to the sea in order to provide food and shelter for themselves and their families, Proving Ground takes a look at a group of men who are highly successful in their chosen professions and in many cases filthy rich as they lay it all on the line for what appears to be nothing than an adrenaline rush, and in the case of some of the participants, a severe case of galloping machismo.This is not a criticism of Knecht s research, writing or his presentation of the facts That the book was able to generate the emotions in me that it did is a tribute to the writer s ability to tell a story Focusing primarily on 3 boats and their crews, he relates how both men and their vessels performed during a catastrophic storm and delves into the anxiety ridden, sometimes heroic, sometimes faulty judgment and character of the participants.Perhaps this is a book that is relatable to a male audience particularly those who feel compelled to take to the seas For a wife and mother, reading this account produced only feelings of anger In my narrow view, this book appears to be a commentary on the arrogance and idiocy of certain race participants and their compelling need to prove to the world and themselves that they are better than the average bear and can succeed at anything they attempt no matter what the cost to themselves or others I have never been able to understand what motivates the adrenaline junkies of the world nor can I wrap my head around the sort of egregious egotism and drives certain folks.

  2. says:

    OK I love the sea From the shore From an airplane But NOT on it it s worse than aviation it will kill you SLOWLY, and the things in it with teeth will eat you At least in aviation if you screw up you tend to die pretty quickly This book goes into all that with great detail the way we men have to prove ourselves, how we feel we can go head on with nature, etc you get the idea This book puts you in the cockpit of several boats, and into the minds of the men on those same little floaty things with sails, during the the 1998 Syndey to Hobart Race A lot of Men did not survive that race because they made some poor choices on when to be at sea during the storm that did them in in this case That said, it is an excellent read It also goes into the rescues in detail Helicopters are great things, but they are not intended to fly in inclement weather We are fortunate that our tax dollars are used to pay at low rates, I might add individuals who go out of their way and endanger themselves to rescue those who have little sense and end up in a bind Happens every day we all make mistakes but this was a group who were driven by a desire to win a race They weren t in mortal danger from an encroaching enemy, they weren t out to help anyone it was pure racing at it s highest and most expensive form, for ego And the storm could have taken many than it did All in all, a goodread

  3. says:

    A riveting case study of the mixture of personalities and multiple decision chains that led to the disastrous conclusion of the 1998 Sydney Hobart race From a search and rescue SAR professional s perspective, the insight into the minds of long distance sailors and those who would like to think they are, but are merely wealthy is useful intelligence for future races to predict the likely actions of a missing boat and crew In that same vein, the experiences of the men in their disintegrating life rafts vividly illustrated the effects of hypothermia and exhaustion The problems with life safety equipment are a lesson that seems to never to be learned since they are inevitable, the lesson here is to learn to anticipate them.My only disappointment with the book is the short shrift given to the actions of the Australian Coast Guard in the largest SAR case in its history SAR planning and operations require some calculation and resource management the very best SAR coordinators are those that seem to have a telepathic link to the mind of a ship s or dinghy s captain Even just one chapter that fully explained the thought processes of those involved in directing the response would have help to round out the story.On a final note Lifejackets save lives, but only if you re wearing them.

  4. says:

    I m a trans oceanic sailor myself I ve seen bad weather BUT, reading this book left my heart in my throat way beyond any thriller I ve ever read and this is real life 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 Fastnet, Force 10 The Deadliest Storm in the History of Modern Sailing If you have a passion for sailing, you NEED to read this book

  5. says:

    Having been a professional seaman most of my life I was riveted to my Kindle by Knecht s vivid account of this racing tragedy where five sailors died and five boats sank I ve participated in offshore sailboat races I was a helmsman on a 65 footer in the Inaugural Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race in 75 and have spent time than I care to remember in gale force conditions while running crew boats in the offshore oil fields of Louisiana and a could feel and hear those winds again in Knecht s paragraphs His accounts of the men s survival in life rafts is scary I d rather read about these things, though, than to ever have to go through them.

  6. says:

    A very interesting true account about an event that I previously knew nothing about, and about a sport that I previously knew little about Knecht outlines the sailing men who faced stormy seas in various sized yachts to in this classic Australian race, and about what motivates these men to be competitive, to win, to work together, and to survive It put me in the mind of a Jon Krakauer book, which I love.

  7. says:

    A good read and hard to put down Gives you enough info on the things you need to know without bogging you down The account of the Sydney to Hobart boat race that resulted in disaster for many boats one particular year Follows three of the boats during the race I d always heard about this race, but never knew really what was involved until I read this book.

  8. says:

    Picked this up as a 99 cent Kindle book It s a quick read It is reminiscent of Jon Krakauer s Into Thin Air, in that it explores the world of obsessed people doing dangerous things But it is told from a journalist s perspective, and is not a first person account.I liked the book Learned a few things about open ocean sailing along the way.

  9. says:

    If you enjoyed The Perfect Storm, you will love this I know nothing about sailing or yachting and had never heard of the Sydney to Hobart race, but found this story so engrossing, it s become one of my favorite nonfiction books.

  10. says:

    This is just a great read all around, fascinating, anxiety inducing, and compulsively readable.But what was G Bruce Knecht thinking with that horrendous afterword It barely has anything to do with the book itself and just comes off as a vanity piece for Larry Ellison Quite enraging.

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