Lonely Sea and the Sky

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Summersdale, Dec 10, 2014 - Biography & Autobiography - 432 pages
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The complete autobiography of the great adventurer Sir Francis Chichester, the first and fastest man to singlehandedly circumnavigate the globe Aged 18 and with a taste for adventure, Francis Chichester emigrated to New Zealand with ten pounds in his pocket. He tried his hand at a number of ill-fated careers—a boxer, shepherd, lumberjack, and gold prospector, to name a few—before returning to England. Having qualified as a pilot, in 1929 he embarked on his most famous solo flight in the de Havilland Gipsy Moth from England to Australia. Shortly afterward, he survived a near-death catastrophe in an attempt to fly solo around the world. Turning to sailing, he won the first single-handed transatlantic yacht race in Gipsy Moth III, despite having been diagnosed with cancer two years previously. In 1967, he became the first person to sail around the world solo from west to east via the great capes. Here, his entire life—including his greatest failures and successes—are told by the man who experienced it all firsthand. A foreword from his son, Giles Chichester, is also included.
 

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PART ONE 1 THE BEGINNING OF THINGS
SHADES OF THE PRISON HOUSE
FARMHAND 4 NEW ZEALAND
GOLD AND COAL
HUNTING A FORTUNE
LEARNING TO
START FOR AUSTRALIA
TRIPOLITO SYDNEY
PART THREE 17 FIRST STAGE TO JAPAN
GASOLINE AND TROUBLE
JAPANESE ENCOUNTERS
EN ROUTE FOR CHINA
TRIUMPH AND DISASTER
PART FOUR 22 BACK TO ENGLAND
SHEILA AND THE
BACK TO

AUSTRALIA
PART TWO 11 THE TASMAN
LANDFALL ON A PINPOINT
WRECKED
SALVAGE
FRESH START
RETURN TO AUSTRALIA
CANCER OF THE LUNG
DELIVERANCE
PART FIVE 27 TRANSATLANTIC SOLO
THE STORM
NEW YORK AND NEW PLANS
ATLANTIC AGAIN
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Sir Francis Chichester (1901 – 1972), aviator and sailor, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for becoming the first person to sail single-handed around the world by the clipper route, and the fastest circumnavigator, in nine months and one day overall.

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