The Proving Ground: The Inside Story of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Race
The Proving Ground The Inside Story of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Race Author:G. Bruce Knecht On December 26, 1998, 115 sailboats set out on the annual race from Sydney to Hobart; only 43 would make it to the Tasmanian city, and six sailors would be dead, the race having turned into the worst modern sailing disaster since the 1979 Fastnet Race. Combining the best elements of The Perfect Storm and Barbarians at the Gate, The Proving Groun... more »d is a gripping narrative that follows the fates of three yachts, including Sayonara, owned by Larry Ellison, the founder of Oracle and the world's second richest man.
From the chilling explanation of how an Olympic sailor came to be catapulted from a yacht and why its crew could do nothing to save him, to the dramatic journeys of two leaky life-rafts, The Proving Ground is an exhilarating read.« less
It was time for the annual historic Hobert race spanning over 600miles from the Australia to Tasmania. Among the skippers of the 115 yachts was Larry Ellison, one of the worlds richest men. But disaer was on the horizon. In less than twenty four hours a cyclone consumed the fleet.....