About the author
Cam is one of the world’s most recognized and successful sporting figures due in part to his versatility as a sailor. His achievements range from twin Finn Gold Cups championships and winning the 505 World championship, to Big Boat racing and offshore multihull record setting. He was a key crewmember on board Dennis Connor’s victorious Stars and Stripes catamaran when they decidedly beat the 90ft super-monohull from New Zealand during the 1988 America’s Cup. Cam was the only American aboard the Commodore Explorer, the catamaran that in 1993 broke the mythical 80-day around-the-world record to become the first holder of the coveted Trophée Jules Verne. In The Race, the ultimate around-the-world sailing competition among unrestricted multihulls that took place in 2000, Cam Lewis’ 110ft catamaran Team Adventure was arguably the fastest boat in the fleet and only serious damages pushed his team into third place.
“My mantra in life is to sail fast boats fast, in any waters, as often as possible,” Cam likes to say. “I love being able to push a boat as hard as I can to realize its full potential. If along the way we set some new speed records, so much the better.”
Books by this author
Around the World in 79 Days is a very personal and heartfelt account of what it was like to be the sole American on board Commodore Explorer, at the time considered one of the fastest sailboats on the planet, as he and four Frenchmen attempt to set a new nonstop around-the-world record and break the mythical 80 day mark. Cam explains as the book opens.
“On March 25, 1992, it was as if we had wandered into the wrong novel. We started this adventure in Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days, a book I treasured as a child, and suddenly found ourselves in Joseph Conrad’s Typhoon, a book that terrified me as an adult.
I was the sole American with four Frenchmen, and all of us riding an out of control boat on an empty edge of the earth. On a night without heavenly lights, I was driving the 86 foot long, 45 foot wide catamaran Commodore Explorer toward Cape Horn, at the foot of South America. I hadn’t seen another boat, airplane, person, or land since we’d hurdled past the Cape Verde Islands on February 6. We’d been at this for 53 days, and two-thirds of the world was behind us. At this point sailing around the world in under 80 days was possible but far from assured. The forecast was benign: it called for winds in the 8 to 12-knot range. Forecasts lie.”
Two parallel stories thread through the book; Cam’s story from onboard Commodore Explorer and the legendary Jules Verne story featuring Jean Passepartout and Phileas Fogg, both groups striving to get around the world in less than 80 days. While the events take place a century apart Cam and his co-writer Michael Levitt weave the two stories together and the result is fun fun romp on a global scale.
From the back cover:
The World’s Fastest Catamaran. The World’s Roughest Seas. A Race Against Time and for Survival.
Crashing headlong into forty-foot waves, facing typhoon force winds, overcoming technical breakdowns and battling the sheer physical stress, the men of Commodore Explorer were locked in an incredible duel with Jules Verne’s Phileas Fogg and Jean Passepartout. Their goal: to prove that the world can be circumnavigated by sailboat in less than 80 days.
In this true story of raw courage and exhilarating triumph, Cam Lewis and Michael Levitt tell it just as it was in a narrative that pulls you into the saltspray and the danger, from Cape Horn to the winds that howl down off the Andes Mountains. Filled with nerve shattering suspense and heartrending bravery, Around the World in 79 Days is an unforgettable portrait of a unique team of men who risked their lives in the true spirit of adventure.