In August 1979, the 600-mile Fastnet Race, which began in fine weather off the Irish coast, became a terrifying ordeal. A force 10, 60-knot storm swept across the Atlantic, into the fleet of 303 boats. By the end of the race fifteen people had died, twenty-four crews had abandoned ship, 136 people had been rescued and only 85 boats finished. John Rousmaniere tells the story of this great disaster.
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: W W Norton & Co Ltd