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The Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

The Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 1

The Story of a Sporting Icon

by Rob Mundle
Hardback
Publication Date: 18/11/2019
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The Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is the story of one of the world's greatest sporting challenges.

One evening in May 1945, a small group of Sydney sailing enthusiasts decided that their planned post-Christmas cruise south to Hobart would be more enjoyable if they made it a race. And so began the story of a contest that quickly became ranked among the world's premier offshore racing events - a race that demands both immense physical and mental endurance of the individual sailor along with the coordinated effort of a close-knit team. It's a challenge where one mistake can lead to defeat, while success can deliver national and international acclaim.

In its 75th year, the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race has become an icon of Australia's summer sport, ranking in public interest with such national events as the Melbourne Cup, the Australian Open tennis and the Boxing Day cricket test. No regular annual yachting event in the world attracts such huge media coverage or public interest as does the start on Sydney Harbour.

The 628-nautical mile course is often described as the most grueling long ocean race in the world. From the spectacular start in Sydney Harbour, the fleet sails through the Heads, down the south-east coast of mainland Australia, across the notoriously tempestuous Bass Strait, then down the east coast of Tasmania. At Tasman Island the fleet turns right into Storm Bay for the final sail up the Derwent River. The race is an around-the-clock challenge from the harbour to Hobart, and the whims of the winds, waves, tides and currents means that, for each crew, nothing is certain until the finish line is crossed.

The Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is the story of one of the world's greatest sporting challenges, an event where men and women from all walks of life are inspired and challenged by the beauty and power of nature.

ISBN:
9780733339820
9780733339820
Category:
Sailing
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
18-11-2019
Publisher:
ABC Books
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
416
Dimensions (mm):
234x153x37mm
Weight:
0.75kg
Rob Mundle

Rob Mundle established his international identity as an author in 1999 with his gripping factual account of one of the world’s most dramatic sporting tragedies, the 54th Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

His book, Fatal Storm, became an international bestseller. It is published in six languages and has sold well over 200,000 copies a remarkable achievement for this category in publishing. His three most recent books, ‘Bligh – Master Mariner’, ‘Flinders, The Man Who Mapped Australia’, and ‘Cook from Sailor to Legend’, achieved No. 1 bestselling status across Australia within a few weeks of being released.

‘Bligh Master Mariner’ has been released in the UK. Rob has now published his 14th book, a fresh and insightful look into the activities around the First Fleet sailing to Australia, and the men and women who became the cornerstone of the foundation of the nation. Rob Mundle was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in 2013 for his services to Sailing and Journalism.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Great book about a great race

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    This is a really interesting, well written and researched book. You wouldn't have to be a sailor to enjoy this book.