RACE TO FREEDOM – by VLAD MURNIKOV. Now available in the STORE. In 1989 I was living a quiet life on Cape Cod, married with a small daughter. With two Whitbread Round the World races behind me I was not looking to do another but had been keeping a close eye on the fleet assembling in England for the race starting that summer. A record 15 maxi boats were scheduled to take the start line, among them an entry from the Soviet Union. I paid particular attention to this boat as my old friend and former skipper, Skip Novak, had found his way on board as co-skipper. He had told me of some of their struggles just to get the boat built and I was sure that with the mountain of financial and technical difficulties they faced that they would not make the start. I was wrong.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 79 DAYS – by CAM LEWIS. Now available in the STORE. In 1993 many sailors and armchair adventurers were mesmerized by the intrepid voyage of Cam Lewis and four Frenchmen as they raced around the world in an attempt to break the mythical 80 day barrier. At the time it seemed an unlikely undertaking. 80 days was just too fast for a sailboat to make a complete lap of the planet but Jules Verne had written a fictitious account of an improbable around-the-world voyage and so the Jules Verne trophy was cast and the chase was on to be the first to claim it.