Rescue in the Pacific: A True Story of Disaster and Survival in a Force 12 Storm

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McGraw Hill Professional, Mar 22, 1998 - Nature - 288 pages
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In June of 1994 a dangerous "bomb" storm caught dozens of cruising sailors by surprise as they voyaged north from New Zealand. This is the true story of how nine yachts struggled to survive the hurricane-like conditions. Boats were battered by fierce winds and capsized by seas towering well over 50 feet high. Equipment was ripped loose, and water penetrated every weak point. Masts collapsed, rudders broke, and sailors lost steering control when they needed it most. The crews coped as best they could with injury, fear, exhaustion, and illness. Their electronic calls for help were picked up by satellites and radio operators, who initiated a massive air and sea search. This is the story of heroic rescues, human endurance, and tragic loss.

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Remarkable stories of unbelievable high seas and terrible conditions during a 1994 storm in the South Pacific and the trials an tribulations of the many sailboats who were caught up in it. A testament ... Read full review


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About the author (1998)

Tony Farrington (Auckland, New Zealand) has been around the sea and boats most of his life. Only a last-minute business commitment prevented him from putting to sea unwittingly into the jaws of this storm. An experienced journalist and television reporter, he also runs a successful public relations and advertising company that has worked with two of his country's America's Cup challenges. Tony is currently planning a world circumnavigation.

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