'Don't miss this book! . This riveting factual tale of the terrible Sydney-Hobart Race of 1998 reads like a thriller. With cracking pace . the structure and narrative style is similar to Sebastian Junger's The Perfect Storm, compelling in the way the author builds up layer upon layer of carefully researched information . Read it!'- Yachting World MagazineThe worst disaster in recent ocean history began on Boxing Day 1998, a perfect summer day on Sydney Harbour. Over one hundred yachts sailed out of the harbour for the annual Sydney to Hobart race, spanning over 600 miles from Sydney to Tasmania through some of the world's most treacherous waters. Among the skippers was Larry Ellison, one of the world's richest men. In less than 24 hours, a cyclone would consume the fleet. Apocalyptic waves towering eight stories high and hurricane-force winds struck the yachts. Only forty-three vessels made it to the finish line and six men died.Here is the behind-the-scenes story of one of the worst maritime disasters in recent history, and the valiant rescue effort waged. This is the epic struggle of men risking their lives at sea-and the survivors who would be forever changed by the proving ground.Now updated to include the stories of the survivors several years on, Ellison's America's Cup campaign, and the lawsuits filed by the widows of several of the men lost at sea.'The most gripping n-fiction book you'll read this year.'- Independent (UK)'The detail is impressive, the narrative compelling.'- The Times (UK)'Harrowing'- New York Times'Knecht recounts the race at a breathless edge-of-the-seat pace.'- Outside
Bruce Knecht is an avid sailor and has written about his adventures for Conde Nast Traveller and The Atlantic Monthly. After completing an MBA at Harvard he began his writing career at The Wall Street Journal in 1994, covering first the banking industry and then publishing for which he was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He is currently their Asia Correspondent based in Hong Kong. He races at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club and has membership privileges at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, the perennial host of the Sydney to Hobart Race.