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Close to the Wind: An Extraordinary Story of Triumph Over Adversity

Pete Goss

9 Reviews

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Biography: general, Biography: sport, Prose: non-fiction

Thrilling story of sailing and rescue from international hero, Pete Goss

Pete Goss became a national and international hero when he rescued French yachtsman Raphael Dinelli as his boat sank beneath him in the round-the-world single-handed sailing race, the Vendee Globe, on Christmas Day 1996. In doing so Pete scuppered his own chances in the race but was awarded the Legion d'Honneur by France's president and made a friend for life in Dinelli. Close to the Wind is his own story of the race and its dramas, his revolutionary boat, Aqua Quorum, his thoughts and emotions during four months of solitude at sea, the extraordinary surgery that he had to perform on his own elbow and the aftermath of the rescue in the Southern Ocean.

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Praise for Close to the Wind: An Extraordinary Story of Triumph Over Adversity

  • CLOSE TO THE WIND - Quotes

  • 'Nothing Ian Fleming wrote has you wondering so anxiously how the hero is going to get out of this pickle' Independent

  • 'Parents, wives and sisters who buy this book for the family daredevil must read it first. It celebrates an ancient, beautiful way of being human.'

  • Libby Purves in The Times

  • 'This is a wonderful book, a book to make the reader realise that he or she could never be a hero. I recommend it.' Michael Beaumont, Spectator

  • 'More impressive than fiction could ever be . . . compelling' Independent on Sunday

  • 'Goss takes you so vividly on board with him . . . he has a genuine talent for writing tense narrative.' Independent

  • 'The story of a brave man; a man who turned into the teeth of a hurricane to save the life of a fellow competitor in a single-handed round-the-world yacht race. A wonderful book. I recommend it.' Spectator

  • 'Just buy it, you'll love it, a real life adventure story' Royal Yachting Association

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