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The Strange Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst (1970)
de Nicholas Tomalin, Ron Hall
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Interesting account of Donald Crowhurst's last voyage. ( )
In 1968, lone sailor Donald Crowhurst on his trimaran Teignmouth Electron was supposed to be sailing home to a heroes welcome in England having won a highly publicized around the world race. Instead, his boat was founding drifting abandoned, Crowhurst assumed tragically lost at sea. It slowly emerged as his logs were examined that in fact Crowhurst had been living a massive lie. Instead of circumnavigating the world, Crowhurst had realised his ill-prepared vessel was not up to the voyage. Unable to deal with the consequences of pulling out, he had had spent months idling in the South Atlantic sending out fake reports on his progress while he tried to deal with the inevitable consequences of his fraud. In the end, he literally went mad, writing sprawling and sometimes incoherent treatises on the nature of existence. Eventually, unable to live with his lies anymore, Crowhurst, literally describing his decision to end himself as THE MERCY, calmly stepped overboard and watched the yacht sail away without him. This fascinating book was actually written in 1970, after painstaking examination of his logs and messages. Incredibly detailed, written with obvious in depth knowledge of sailing and navigation, it is both a technically precise account of the voyage and a movingly haunting story of a brave if flawed man who made a massive miscalculation and in the end decided only his life would serve as atonement. A very sad story that merits a new audience. Great stuff.
A good read about the infamous Crowhurst mystery and an interesting insight into his character. His lack of preparation and readiness for the challenge ahead in all areas are obvious in the book. However, his belief and want for something greater propelled him over the starting line towards his own demise. My only criticism of the book was the authors' preference to be relatively absolute at the end, rather than present a range of possible scenarios.
A chilling story of madness at sea. Crowhurst scraped together a shattered and failed life in one last bid for redemption, entering an early around-the-world sailing race. His boat, and his life were a wreck even before he started, and it all went downhill from there. The extraordinary aspect to his story of deception is not that he faked his journey, but that in part he was responsible for the disaster's that overtook the rest of that fleet as they tried to keep up with his false reports of remarkable progress. In the end his plan of coming in somewhere in the 'middle of the pack' fell apart when as everyone else dropped out he was left the race leader. Knowing that he would be subject to intense investigation if he won (he was already under suspicion) he made a final attempt to falsify his log books in a final descent into madness, pieced together from the evidence he left aboard his abandoned boat in the middle of the Atlantic.
A sad and haunting story. Even though I knew the fate of Crowhurst I found myself reading slower as the book got close to the end.
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Sent i oktober 1968 stakk Donald Crowhurst til sjøs som en av ni deltakere i Golden Globe race jorden rundt non stop. Åtte måneder senere ble hans fartøy, trimaranen Teignmouth Electron funnet drivende i Atlanteren i rolig sjø og i full orden, uten spor etter Crowhurst. I England var det gjort store forberedelser for å ta imot Crowhurst som vinner av racet. Radiomeldinger han hadde sendt hjem, viste at han lå godt foran sine konkurrenter. Men ved nærmere undersøkelse av loggbøker og notater kom det fram at Crowhurst hadde holdt verden for narr. I virkeligheten hadde han aldri vært ute av Atlanteren! Journalistene Tomalin og Hall har skrevet denne utrolige og underlige historien. En historie som gjennom de siste 35 årene har inspirert til romaner, teaterstykker, opera, musikkverk, multimediaforestillinger, radio-dokumentar, TV-teater og kunstverk. Den har blitt gitt ut en rekke ganger på den engelske markedet, men utrolig nok bare en gang i Norge.
Donald Crowhurst (1932-1969) ble født i India, han flyttet ti år gammel til Pakistan og ble som fjortenåring sendt på kostskole i England. Da Crowhurst som den siste av ni deltagere la av gårde 31. oktober 1968 var målet å bli den første til å seile jorden rundt non-stop. Han la avgårde sent og var dårlig forberedt. Turen skulle vise seg å bli hans endelikt.
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'A masterpiece.' New Yorker 'Wholly riveting, brilliantly researched.' Evening Standard 'A meticulous investigation into the seeds of disaster... fascinating, uncomfortable reading.' Sunday Times In 1968, Donald Crowhurst was trying to market a nautical navigation device he had developed, and saw the Sunday Times Golden Globe round the world sailing race as the perfect opportunity to showcase his product. Few people knew that he wasn't an experienced deep-water sailor. His progress was so slow that he decided to short-cut the journey, while falsifying his location through radio messages from his supposed course. Everyone following the race thought that he was winning, and a hero's welcome awaited him at home in Britain. But on 10 July 1968, eight months after he set off, his wife was told that his boat had been discovered drifting in mid-Atlantic. Crowhurst was missing, assumed drowned, and there was much speculation that this was one of the great mysteries of the sea. In this masterpiece of investigative journalism, Nicholas Tomalin and Ron Hall reconstruct one of the greatest hoaxes of our time. From in-depth interviews with Crowhurst's family and friends and telling excerpts from his logbooks, Tomalin and Hall develop a tale of tragic self-delusion and public deception, a haunting portrait of a complex, deeply troubled man and his journey into the heart of darkness.
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