Ye yang swing about 13, 000 for the fastest voyage

Ye yang swing

about 13, 000 for the fastest voyage. Competitors had to leave before October 31 to avoid the fury of the Southern Ocean in winter where strong winds collide with icy currents from the South Pole to create relentless storms. The most unlikely competitor was Donald Crowhurst, a 36-year-old father of four whose marine electronics business was failing. For whatever reason, he felt compelled to win the fastest voyage prize. He was certain that a trimaran, a newly designed three-hulled vessel was the fastest boat available. Local businessman Stanley Best agreed to finance the building of the boat under one condition if Crowhurst failed to finish the race he had to buy the boat back from Best. So going in, Crowhurst knew that if he didnt make it around the world he would face financial ruin and lose everything. On the behest of opportunistic PR agent Rodney Hallworth, who envisioned making a big event of it, Crowhurst agreed to embark from Teignmouth, a port city in the south of England, and named his boat Teignmouth Electron. But Crowhurst struggled to get his boat seaworthy by the Oct. 31 deadline. His innovative designs, including a self-righting mechanism created to bring the boat upright in the event of capsize, remained unfinished. Donalds wife Clare had enormous confidence in her husbands ability but was nervous about the massive challenge he had undertaken. The pressure for Crowhurst to succeed both externally and internally was intense and he became increasingly withdrawn as the departure date grew near. The preparations descended into chaos and when Crowhurst finally left, his unsorted provisions were strewn all over the deck and cabin. As he pulls out of the harbor, his anti-capsize bag gets tangled in the rigging and he is forced to endure a humiliating return to Teignmouth for last minute repairs. Now finally underway, Crowhurst makes slow progress during his first two weeks at sea. The boat shows its weaknesses as hatches start leaking. Crowhurst faces an impossible dilemma: to continue into the Southern Ocean with no viable way of bailing out a leaking boat or to return home and face certain bankruptcy. For the moment, he continues to meander south on the Atlantic Ocean. By the end of November, only four competitors remain in the race. Robin-Knox-Johnson and Bernard Moitessier are heading toward New Zealand, and naval commander Nigel Tetley is making good progress in the Southern Ocean. After his depressingly slow start, Crowhurst starts to radio a series of increasingly record-breaking daily statistics to his delighted press agent who embellishes the distances before relaying the good news to the press. At home, Crowhursts family is delighted by his sudden progress and his children believe he has a real chance at the prize money. In reality Crowhurst is slipping further and further behind his reported position. His logbook shows how far the gap was between his actual position and where he said he was. He started as second logbook where he recorded his true position and entered elaborately calculated false positions in the official logbook. He is now weeks away from where the rest of the world thinks he is. In effect, Crowhurst has become trapped by his own lies: He cant quit without being found out but he knows that to enter the Southern Ocean in a leaking boat would be suicidal. Meanwhile, Knox-Johnson and Moitessier are battling to be the first man home. But after rounding Cape Horn at the southern tip of South America, Moitessier sends a message back to his wife in France. Unable to contemplate life on dry land, he says that he is going to continue around the world a second time. For him the journey is everything and the destination is nothing.

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