Left for Dead – Nick Ward with Sinead O’Brien

Left for Dead: The Untold Story of the Tragic 1979 Fastnet Race

This is the “untold story of the tragic 1979 Fastnet Race”. 15 people lost their lives in this race including 2 from the boat Grimalkin. Nick Ward was abandoned by 3 of his peers after being thought to dead. This is his story.

This storm was bigger than any of us or any race. Grimalkin and her crew were being crushed by this heavyweight bruiser. We were all suffering from the body blows, the knockout punches. Each time Grimalkin was pitched into a monster wave, we were violently flung about, thrown against a combination of wood, metal, fibreglass and each other – our heads, arms, hands, legs, chins, elbows, knees – virtually every part of our bodies hurt.

It is a mind blowing account of man against nature’s full fury. How they survived is beyond my comprehension.  Not his time I guess.

ISBN 978-0-7136-8522-0 : Paperback : 173 pages

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