300 Boats, 600 Miles, and One Deadly Storm
McClelland & Stewart, Paperback, 9780771057038, 266pp.
Publication Date: May 6, 2008
Beyond Endurance is the story of that race, which culminated in a night of terror, courage, and split-second reactions, of ferocious seas that forced each sailor either to give up and face almost certain death or to find within himself the extraordinary strength and skill that might, just might, keep him alive. Not all of them made it. Among the survivors were twenty-six men from Canada, Britain, and the United States, whom Mayers has interviewed about what they still call "that night."
Beyond Endurance""is Mayers's dramatic story of the Fastnet race: its hopeful start, the camaraderie of its crews, the challenges of the earlier cross-Channel races -- and the deadly storm that caused the worst tragedy ever to befall an ocean-sailing race.
"From the Hardcover edition.
Mr. Mayers has a degree in psychology from McMaster, a graduate degree in journalism from the City University of London, and an MBA from McMaster. He lives in Oakville, Ontario.
Praise for Sea of Dreams:
“[A] dramatic tale of grit and stamina.”
— Hamilton Spectator
“Readers — sailors and non-sailors alike — will shiver with fear and cold as the yachts sail on the edge of control.”
— Halifax Chronicle Herald
“A gripping page-turner. . . . Mayers also offers a glimpse into the soul of human endurance.”
— Toronto Star