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The Proving Ground
G. Bruce. Knecht
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
The behind-the-scenes story of one of the worst maritime disasters in modern history and the valiant rescue effort waged. A true-life drama to rival “The Perfect Storm” it is the epic struggle of men risking their lives at sea - and the survivors who would be forever changed by the proving ground. The annual Sydney-Hobart race spans over 600 miles from Sydney to Tasmania. Among the skippers of the 115 yachts in the 1998 race was Larry Ellison, one of the world's richest men. But disaster was on the horizon. In less than 24 hours, a cyclone consumed the fleet. Apocalyptic waves towering eight stories high and hurricane-force winds struck the yachts. Only 43 vessels made it to the finish line and six men died. This volume offers in-depth eyewitness accounts of the tragic events of the race. It has been updated to take in the findings of the coronial inquest, and subsequent lawsuits.
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