Fastnet, Force 10: The Deadliest Storm in the History of Modern Sailing

Fastnet Force The Deadliest Storm in the History of Modern Sailing In August yachts began the mile Fastnet Race from the Isle of Wight off the southwest coast of England to Fastnet Rock off the Irish coast and back It began in fine weather then suddenl

  • Title: Fastnet, Force 10: The Deadliest Storm in the History of Modern Sailing
  • Author: John Rousmaniere Marjorie J. Flock
  • ISBN: 9780393308655
  • Page: 176
  • Format: Paperback
  • In August 1979, 303 yachts began the 600 mile Fastnet Race from the Isle of Wight off the southwest coast of England to Fastnet Rock off the Irish coast and back It began in fine weather, then suddenly became a terrifying ordeal A Force 10, sixty knot storm swept across the North Atlantic with a speed that confounded forecasters, slamming into the fleet with epic fury.In August 1979, 303 yachts began the 600 mile Fastnet Race from the Isle of Wight off the southwest coast of England to Fastnet Rock off the Irish coast and back.It began in fine weather, then suddenly became a terrifying ordeal A Force 10, sixty knot storm swept across the North Atlantic with a speed that confounded forecasters, slamming into the fleet with epic fury For twenty hours, 2,500 men and women were smashed by forty foot breaking waves, while rescue helicopters and lifeboats struggled to save them By the time the race was over, fifteen people had died, twenty four crews had abandoned ship, five yachts had sunk, 136 sailors had been rescued, and only 85 boats had finished the race John Rousmaniere was there, and he tells the tragic story of the greatest disaster in the history of yachting as only one who has sailed through the teeth of a killer storm can With a new introduction by the author.

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    1. John Rousmaniere Marjorie J. Flock

      John Rousmaniere has sailed in over 35,000 miles of offshore voyaging and racing He crewed on the 48 foot Toscana in the fateful Fastnet Race of 1979.

    699 thoughts on “Fastnet, Force 10: The Deadliest Storm in the History of Modern Sailing”

    1. A freak storm charged through the 1979 Fastnet ocean sailing race off the coast of Ireland. The result was the deadliest race in history. Rousmaniere, a sailor in the race, provides a relatively comprehensive survey of the event, including race history and maritime weather explanations. He talks about his own experience in the race aboard a boat that suffered much less than others. He recounts the stories of other sailors whose harrowing survivals were frightening to read--- people who watched f [...]


    2. Terrifying. Heartbreaking. True. John Rousmaniere wrote the sailing manual I use most frequently both for teaching and for my own reference. In this book he recounts his experience aboard a yacht that competed in this ill-fated race. Not content to simply tell his story, he draws on meteorology to tell the story of the storm and of the physical factors that led to its most destructive elements; the erratic breaking waves that sunk five boats, crippled scores more, and swallowed mariners never to [...]


    3. This is a horrifying story of the famous Fastnet Race (sailing) in the Irish Sea. In 1979 the racers (303 boats) found themselves stuck in a Force 10 gale with over 40 foot waves pounding them relentlessly for over 24 hours. Fifteen sailors died. Seventy-seven boats capsized, over 100 were knocked down. The cast of sailors included former British Prime Minister Edward Heath, Ted Turner etc. The combined British rescue was the largest effort since Dunkirk.John Rousmaniere's account is spectacular [...]


    4. Incredibly gripping account of the Fastnet race of 1979, in which the fleet was ravaged by Force 10 winds with higher gusts. This book provides a detailed examination of both the technical aspects and the human toll of the storm, its survivors, and those who were lost.


    5. This is THE MOST exciting true adventure story you will ever read. 'Into Thin Air was Great', this is even better!


    6. Riveting reading about sailing skill matched against a freak storm. Vivid writing. Sailors, in particular, will recognize what these folks were up against.


    7. Written by an American journalist who sailed in the '79 Fastnet fleet. This is a thoughtful and considerate book based on the research he carried out in the aftermath of the tragedy. Shocking, terrifying and saddening, not one to read on passage.


    8. Being the daughter of and married to US Navy sailors, I've always been fascinated by the sea and those who travel across her. My fascination with terrible storms at sea was only increased after I read The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea at my husband's urging (it's one of his favorite movies), so when this book popped up in my suggestions, it seemed the perfect read for me.This book is incredible. Rousmaniere, himself a sailor in the 1979 Fastnet race that lost 15 participant [...]


    9. “Fastnet Force 10,” by John Rousemaniere (Norton, 1980). This is an account of the disaster that befell the 1979 Fastnet Race, when more than 300 boats carrying more than 3,000 experienced sailors, sailing as fast as they could between Plymouth, England, and Fastnet Rock off the coast of Ireland, encountered a completely unexpected and unprecedentedly vicious storm. It swept in from the west and caught everyone at sea, unprepared. Fifteen men and women died, five boats sank, 19 were abandone [...]


    10. No classroom lifeboat ethics scenario comes close to the real-life disaster during one of the world's most elite sailing races, where multimillionaire skippers like Ted Turner compete against former British Prime Ministers in state-of-the-art sailing yachts, built for speed, with expert crews and no financial amount spared. A fast-moving storm charged across North America and slammed into UK, right in the middle of the Fastnet race. Caught out, the crews on their boats found themselves in terrif [...]


    11. This was an account of the huge storm that took the lives of many participants of a sailing race in the 1970s. Written by a race participant, the author made a grand attempt at keeping emotional reactions and personal opinion out, and tried to write a factual account of the event. His feelings bleed through between the lines, and lend strength to his words. I really liked the book--I gave it only three stars because this guy is hardly an author and they could have given the man an editor--but I [...]


    12. This book shares the stories of men who were put to the ultimate test for their lives. All of the events are broken down technically so that others may learn from their experiences to the best of the author's ability in obtaining information.The information shared here may not make you a blue ocean skipper - but if you are going to attempt sailing the big blue one day - this is something you should read - not while you are headed across the big blue.I enjoyed the stories, the hardships and trium [...]


    13. Books written by journalists are always a bit simplistic for me. But I guess the subject matter is dramatic enough. An incredibly strong wild fast moving storm hit the fleet of boats racing in the 1979 Fastnet open water sailing race between southern England and Fastnet Rock off tip of Southern Ireland. It was the deadliest sailing disaster ever. This book examines some of the causes, effects, aftermath. The author was crew on a larger boat that was far enough ahead to miss the worst of the stor [...]


    14. Ever been at sea in really rough weather? Ever been on a yacht race? Ever sailed? Ever thought you'd like to sail? Chances are you'd could enjoy this book. I didn't say you would, but you could. It's about the deadliest yacht race ever, the 1979 Fastnet. Rousmaniere, who sailed on one of the boats that survived the race, does a great job of tying the stories of many of the sailors together into a fast paced whole. The photos throughout are dramatic and credible, conveying the terrible force of t [...]


    15. A sometimes interesting read about one of the deadliest deep sea sailing races ever. The author, however, spends an inordinate amount of time trying to defend the storm's strength, almost defensively, as if saying that it was a terrible storm isn't enough. He'd have you believe that it was the worst storm ever encountered by sailing vessels. He also contradicts himself; he justifies the fact that many sailors abandoning their yachts when all but five yachts stayed afloat and were later recovered [...]


    16. The best adventure stories are told by those who were there. better yet if the author is an expert at what he/she does and can see that no matter how skilled or prepared you are, sometimes the elements just conspire against you.An excellent blend of seamanship, history, weather and nail biting tension make the story of the 1979 Fastnet ocean race unforgettable. Tragic though it may be to have lost so many lives, the swiftness and bravery of the rescuers cant be overlooked for the lives that were [...]


    17. An enthralling read for anyone who enjoys sailing. An expert sailor gives first-hand accounts of professionals thrown into a life and death situation. I especially appreciated his objective explanations of varying accounts of the storm's severity, with appropriate respect to those who so unfortunately lost their lives.


    18. Well-written account of a deadly storm that struck the Fastnet sailing race in 1979. The author was present at that race, and does a very good job of detailing the events of the disaster in a readable, accessible way, giving human faces to those involved.


    19. Really great book about ocean sailing and racing. Jumps around a bit from boat to boat, and person to person. Otherwise, great read. I especially liked reading about the lifeboat crews from all the local villages.


    20. Complete, almost to a fault, there is an amazing amount of detail and information in here. I recounted parts of it to friends abs watched them look at me in horror. It really is a crazy tale. Don't skip the very end as the survey data is quite interesting.


    21. The depressing but honest story about the "Low Y" storm. Corpses in cockpits, washed out skippers, broken bones and sunk boats. A true meaning of "masochism", unplugged, that is Ocean Racing in one of the deadliest regattas on the planet.Must read for everyone who sails.


    22. From yachting's best current writer, a great read full of important lessons on how, and how not to, take a racing sailboat to sea. It's a riveting account and well-researched.


    23. Absolutely the top of the list for me in the genre! I've read it at least 10 times just because it's so compelling. Also a great resource for ocean sailors.



    24. Sailing at its most intense the perils of putting one's life on the line in the face of nature's force the power and struggle of our survival instinct the generosity of ourselves





    25. This true story will thrill sailors of all kinds. Landlubbers will enjoy the wild ride too and wonder why men and women risk their lives in sailboat races.



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