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Close to the Wind


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Thrilling story of sailing and rescue from international hero, Pete Goss

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Pete Goss is a professional yachtsman and a former member of the Royal Marines. After nine years in the Marines he left to embark on a full-time sailing career which led to success in the single-handed transatlantic race and the Vend e Globe, during which he rescued fellow-yachtsman Raphael Dinelli. He continues to sail all over the world and lives in Cornwall with his family.


During the 199697 Vende Globe Single-Handed Non-Stop Round-the-World Race, one sailor perished and three had to be rescued in the Southern Ocean off Australia. Goss, a professional British sailor, tells the story of his race experience along with his daring rescue of Frenchman Raphael Dinelli, a fellow racer. Beginning with his career in the Royal Marines, he tells of his love of sailing and his ultimate goal of competing in the Vende. It took him nearly ten years to finance and build his 50' composite boat with an innovative swing keel and lee boards. He constantly struggled for sponsorship to avoid creditors, even to the point of mortgaging his own house. An author promotion site at (http://www.PeteGoss.com) has audio clips of Goss retelling some of the more exciting parts of the book. This is a compelling and well-written account sure to be popular at public libraries.John Kenny, San Francisco P.L.

CLOSE TO THE WIND - Quotes 'Nothing Ian Fleming wrote has you wondering so anxiously how the hero is going to get out of this pickle' Independent 'Parents, wives and sisters who buy this book for the family daredevil must read it first. It celebrates an ancient, beautiful way of being human.' Libby Purves in The Times 'This is a wonderful book, a book to make the reader realise that he or she could never be a hero. I recommend it.' Michael Beaumont, Spectator 'More impressive than fiction could ever be ... compelling' Independent on Sunday 'Goss takes you so vividly on board with him ... he has a genuine talent for writing tense narrative.' Independent 'The story of a brave man; a man who turned into the teeth of a hurricane to save the life of a fellow competitor in a single-handed round-the-world yacht race. A wonderful book. I recommend it.' Spectator 'Just buy it, you'll love it, a real life adventure story' Royal Yachting Association 'It is far from just a book about the Vendee events, but a soul-bearing autobiography' Western Morning News 'His down-to-earth storytelling is gripping. His modesty is endearing. His dedication to a cause and the manner of achieving it are humbling and inspiring' Cambridge Evening News 'A lot of people will be sending out for a copy of Close to the Wind to see if they can find out a little more about [Goss]. They will be richly rewarded.' Independent 'A truly inspirational, incredible story... ' South Wales Argus 'The story is a compelling one. Goss's prose is honest and unexaggerated.' Independent on Sunday 'In my book, he will always be Pete Goss, BFBH: bona fide British hero' Tim Jeffrey in Daily Telegraph 'Prose as trim as his vessel ... incredible' Kirkus Reviews 'Tense, fast-moving and illustrated with colour photographs that put you in the middle of the action' New York Times 'His heroism and modesty redeem the gun-ho bits of this mesmerising memoir. Buy it' The Times 'Goss writes about his experiences in a conversational and direct style that brings alive the terrors of the open sea' The Sunday Times

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