Lionheart: A Journey of the Human Spirit, Volume 1

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Allen & Unwin, 2001 - Sailors - 312 pages
Jesse Martin was born for adventure. After learning to sail at fourteen, he travelled along Australia's tropical coast on a flimsy catamaran, and by sixteen he had kayaked through the remote islands of Papua New Guinea an crewed on a yacht sailing from Belize to Tahiti. But the biggest adventure of them all was yet to come. Lionheart is Jesse's story. A story of courage, loneliness and danger, it is also an incredible, gripping, true-life adventure.

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The first book from my list that I can recall reading twice. The first reading was as a teenager, being inspired to push my boundaries and see the world. The second as a parent of two young boys ... Read full review

LIONHEART: A Journey of the Human Spirit

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The rousing account of a 17-year-old Australian's solo, nonstop sail around the world in his yacht, the Lionheart, published to coincide with the airing of a National Geographic special about the ... Read full review

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The First Steps
From Belize on a Breeze
Making the Dream Come True
The Mad Rush
Reality Bites Australia to New Zealand
On to Everest New Zealand to Cape Horn
Through a Mind Field Cape Horn to the Azores
Please God Stop this for Me Azores to Cape of Good Hope
The Final Run Cape of Good Hope to Australia
Beyond the Waves
Equipment List
Parts of the Boat

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Page 60 - CULTURED CRITICS Fight through ignorance, want, and care — Through the griefs that crush the spirit; Push your way to a fortune fair, And the smiles of the world you'll merit. Long, as a boy, for the chance to learn — For the chance that Fate denies you ; Win degrees where the Life-lights burn, And scores will teach and advise you. My cultured friends ! you have come too late...
Page 9 - December 1998, 1 sailed from the safety of my home waters of Melbourne, Australia, on my 34-foot yacht Lionheart, and set course for that other point — latitude 3818'N, longitude 3522'W. And when I got there, I kept going, returning to Melbourne on 31 October 1999, 328 days and roughly 27,000 nautical miles later. In my quest, I became the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe solo, nonstop and unassisted.
Page 63 - To sail around the world, a vessel must start from and return to the same point, must cross all meridians of longitude and must cross the equator. It may cross some, but not all, meridians more than once. The orthodromic track of the vessel must be at least 21,600 nautical miles in length.
Page 88 - Despite the frantic preparation, there was never any doubt I'd leave on 29 November. It was just a matter of what was not going to be done by the time I had to leave. As it was, most of the supplies were pretty much thrown on board.
Page 63 - If a singlehanded skipper accepts any kind of outside assistance then the voyage is no longer 'singlehanded'. 'Without assistance' means that a vessel may not receive any kind of outside assistance whatever nor take on board any supplies, materials or equipment during a record attempt.
Page 143 - The sun was dropping towards the horizon and everything seemed to be moving in slow motion. I wallowed in my depression, until the wind picked up and I was able to set sail again and keep moving in a southeasterly direction, keeping enough distance between land and me.
Page 116 - I sat at the navigation table crying like a big baby, sobbing and wailing. But they weren't tears of sadness or pity — they were tears of realisation at my new life.
Page 104 - They asked Mum if she would miss me — 'Of course.' They asked Dad how he felt. Being a man of few words, he was to the point: 'Buggered.
Page 57 - When I saw the beauty of this area, it made me angry to think that the French would do anything to harm such an environment.

About the author (2001)

Jesse Martin was destined for adventure. Born in Munich in 1981 whilst his parents were travelling through Europe in a kombi van, he spent his early years in the beautiful Daintree Rainforest of North Queensland. By the time he was 14 he had sailed a thousand kilometres along Australia's tropical coast on a flimsy catamaran and had trekked through south-east Asia and the Aboriginal communities of Central Australia. At 16 he kayaked through remote islands of Papau New Guinea and then crewed on a yacht that sailed from the Central American country of Belize to Tahiti. In 1998 at the age of 17, Jesse set off from Melbourne on a solo sail around the world. The rest is history.

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