Sailing, one of the most ancient methods of
transport and exploration, is becoming more and more extreme.
Technological advancements mean that vessels are getting faster while
sailors are better equipped than ever to conquer the elements and
explore uncharted waters with sophisticated satellite navigation
systems. This sailing subculture thrives on adrenaline, with sailors
seeing just how far they can push their boats and crew.
Today's sailors have an insatiable desire to
smash records and make history, conquering near-impossible weather
conditions and treacherous icy waters in the process. Maritime marathons
such as The Race, in which competitors circumnavigate the globe in as
fast a time as possible, are springing up around the globe and
attracting more and more fearless individuals. Extreme Sail is a
circumnavigation of the most extreme maritime feats - including the
Vendee Globe, the Sydney-Hobart, The Americas Cup and the Ostar.
Light-hearted and engaging text is
accompanied by visually breathtaking photographs capturing the true
spirit of extreme sailing. There are also quotes interspersed throughout
from sailors who have participated in extreme events and a gazetteer at
the back of the book gives information on all the races, events and
competitions mentioned throughout.