The Proving GroundThe Inside Story of the 1998 Sydney to

The Proving GroundThe Inside Story of the 1998 Sydney to



10 thoughts on “The Proving GroundThe Inside Story of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Race

  1. Sandie Sandie says:

    I truly have mixed emotions about The Proving Ground G Bruce Knechts true life account of the disastrous 1998 630 mile Sydney Australia to Hobart yacht race Some have compared this book to The Perfect Storm but aside from the basic scenario of man versus the treacherous whims of Mother Nature there is really no comparison While the men of Perfect Storm were driven to the sea in order to provide food and shelter for themselves and their families Proving Ground takes a look at a group of men who are highly successful in their chosen professions and in many cases filthy rich as they lay it all on the line for what appears to be nothing than an adrenaline rush and in the case of some of the participants a severe case of galloping machismoThis is not a criticism of Knecht's research writing or his presentation of the facts That the book was able to generate the emotions in me that it did is a tribute to the writer's ability to tell a story Focusing primarily on 3 boats and their crews he relates how both men and their vessels performed during a catastrophic storm and delves into the anxiety ridden sometimes heroic sometimes faulty judgment and character of the participantsPerhaps this is a book that is relatable to a male audience particularly those who feel compelled to take to the seas For a wife and mother reading this account produced only feelings of anger In my narrow view this book appears to be a commentary on the arrogance and idiocy of certain race participants and their compelling need to prove to the world and themselves that they are better than the average bear and can succeed at anything they attempt no matter what the cost to themselves or others I have never been able to understand what motivates the adrenaline junkies of the world nor can I wrap my head around the sort of egregious egotism and drives certain folks


  2. Bear Bear says:

    OK I love the sea From the shore From an airplane But NOT on it it's worse than aviation; it will kill you SLOWLY and the things in it with teeth will eat you At least in aviation if you screw up you tend to die pretty uickly This book goes into all that with great detail; the way we men have to prove ourselves how we feel we can go head on with nature etc you get the idea This book puts you in the cockpit of several boats and into the minds of the men on those same little floaty things with sails during the the 1998 Syndey to Hobart Race A lot of Men did not survive that race because they made some poor choices on when to be at sea during the storm that did them in in this case That said it is an excellent read It also goes into the rescues in detail; Helicopters are great things but they are not intended to fly in inclement weather We are fortunate that our tax dollars are used to pay at low rates I might add individuals who go out of their way and endanger themselves to rescue those who have little sense and end up in a bind Happens every day; we all make mistakes but this was a group who were driven by a desire to win a race; They weren't in mortal danger from an encroaching enemy they weren't out to help anyone; it was pure racing at it's highest and most expensive form for ego And the storm could have taken many than it did All in all a goodread


  3. Kim Kim says:

    A riveting case study of the mixture of personalities and multiple decision chains that led to the disastrous conclusion of the 1998 Sydney Hobart race From a search and rescue SAR professional's perspective the insight into the minds of long distance sailors and those who would like to think they are but are merely wealthy is useful intelligence for future races to predict the likely actions of a missing boat and crew In that same vein the experiences of the men in their disintegrating life rafts vividly illustrated the effects of hypothermia and exhaustion The problems with life safety euipment are a lesson that seems to never to be learned; since they are inevitable the lesson here is to learn to anticipate themMy only disappointment with the book is the short shrift given to the actions of the Australian Coast Guard in the largest SAR case in its history SAR planning and operations reuire some calculation and resource management; the very best SAR coordinators are those that seem to have a telepathic link to the mind of a ship's or dinghy's captain Even just one chapter that fully explained the thought processes of those involved in directing the response would have help to round out the storyOn a final note Lifejackets save lives but only if you're wearing them


  4. Michal Angelo Michal Angelo says:

    I'm a trans oceanic sailor myself I've seen bad weather BUT reading this book left my heart in my throat way beyond any 'thriller' I've ever read; and this is real life On December 26 1998 115 sailboats set out on the annual race from Sydney to Hobart; only 43 would make it to the Tasmanian city the race having turned into the worst modern sailing disaster since the 1979 Fastnet Race Fastnet Force 10 The Deadliest Storm in the History of Modern Sailing If you have a passion for sailing you NEED to read this book


  5. Richard Philbrick Richard Philbrick says:

    Having been a professional seaman most of my life I was riveted to my Kindle by Knecht's vivid account of this racing tragedy where five sailors died and five boats sank I've participated in offshore sailboat races I was a helmsman on a 65 footer in the Inaugural Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race in '75 and have spent time than I care to remember in gale force conditions while running crew boats in the offshore oil fields of Louisiana and a could feel and hear those winds again in Knecht's paragraphs His accounts of the men's survival in life rafts is scary I'd rather read about these things though than to ever have to go through them


  6. Stephanie Stephanie says:

    A very interesting true account about an event that I previously knew nothing about and about a sport that I previously knew little about Knecht outlines the sailing men who faced stormy seas in various sized yachts to in this classic Australian race and about what motivates these men to be competitive to win to work together and to survive It put me in the mind of a Jon Krakauer book which I love


  7. Samuel Samuel says:

    A good read and hard to put down Gives you enough info on the things you need to know without bogging you down The account of the Sydney to Hobart boat race that resulted in disaster for many boats one particular year Follows three of the boats during the race I'd always heard about this race but never knew really what was involved until I read this book


  8. Brian Windheim Brian Windheim says:

    Picked this up as a 99 cent Kindle book It's a uick read It is reminiscent of Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air in that it explores the world of obsessed people doing dangerous things But it is told from a journalist's perspective and is not a first person accountI liked the book Learned a few things about open ocean sailing along the way


  9. Mathew Sympsun Mathew Sympsun says:

    More than just a great account of one of the most famous disasters in offshore yacht racing It also does a great job at portraying the massive egos to be found in the racing scene from billionaire tech tycoons to amateur know it alls and the disastrous conseuences when these over inflated personalities collide during life threatening conditions on the sea It also offers a look into the multimillion dollar budgets of the highest end racing yachts and the technology that goes into themAlong with the Fastnet race of 1979 the 1998 Sydney Hobart is a touchstone of sailing lore guaranteed to be mentioned in at least one sailor bar somewhere in the world on any given day


  10. Monica Monica says:

    It's a gripping description of the disastrous December 1998 Hobart sailing race which ended with six sailors dead five boats sunk seven abandoned in a deadly cyclone Fifty five sailors needed rescue by helicopters or other ships There are heroes and incompetents ego driven and team players exceptionally skilled and inexperienced It is all vividly described the boats state of the art incredibly expensive and advanced racing machines and one historic artifact the antiue wooden Winston Churchill the men a gathering of some of the best ocean racing sailors in the world and the weather what looked at first like a storm that turned into a tropical cyclone of deadly ferocity


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The Proving GroundThe Inside Story of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Race [PDF / Epub] ✩ The Proving GroundThe Inside Story of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Race ☉ G. Bruce Knecht – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk On December 26 1998 115 sailboats set out on the annual race from Sydney to Hobart; only 43 would make it to the Tasmanian city the race having turned into the worst modern sailing disaster since the On GroundThe Inside Story of Kindle - December sailboats set out GroundThe Inside PDF/EPUB Á on the annual race from Sydney to Hobart; only The Proving PDF or would make it to the Tasmanian city the race having turned into the worst modern sailing disaster since the Proving GroundThe Inside PDF Í Fastnet Race Combining the best elements of The Perfect Storm WW Norton and Barbarians at the Gate Proving GroundThe Inside Story of Kindle - HarperCollins The Proving Ground is a gripping narrative that follows the fates of three yachts including Sayonara owned by Larry Ellison the founder of Oracle From the chilling explanation Proving GroundThe Inside Story of Kindle - of how an Olympic sailor came to be catapulted from a yacht and why its crew could do nothing to save him to the dramatic journeys of two leaky life rafts The Proving Ground is an exhilarating read.

10 thoughts on “The Proving GroundThe Inside Story of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Race

  1. Sandie Sandie says:

    I truly have mixed emotions about The Proving Ground G Bruce Knechts true life account of the disastrous 1998 630 mile Sydney Australia to Hobart yacht race Some have compared this book to The Perfect Storm but aside from the basic scenario of man versus the treacherous whims of Mother Nature there is really no comparison While the men of Perfect Storm were driven to the sea in order to provide food and shelter for themselves and their families Proving Ground takes a look at a group of men who are highly successful in their chosen professions and in many cases filthy rich as they lay it all on the line for what appears to be nothing than an adrenaline rush and in the case of some of the participants a severe case of galloping machismoThis is not a criticism of Knecht's research writing or his presentation of the facts That the book was able to generate the emotions in me that it did is a tribute to the writer's ability to tell a story Focusing primarily on 3 boats and their crews he relates how both men and their vessels performed during a catastrophic storm and delves into the anxiety ridden sometimes heroic sometimes faulty judgment and character of the participantsPerhaps this is a book that is relatable to a male audience particularly those who feel compelled to take to the seas For a wife and mother reading this account produced only feelings of anger In my narrow view this book appears to be a commentary on the arrogance and idiocy of certain race participants and their compelling need to prove to the world and themselves that they are better than the average bear and can succeed at anything they attempt no matter what the cost to themselves or others I have never been able to understand what motivates the adrenaline junkies of the world nor can I wrap my head around the sort of egregious egotism and drives certain folks

  2. Bear Bear says:

    OK I love the sea From the shore From an airplane But NOT on it it's worse than aviation; it will kill you SLOWLY and the things in it with teeth will eat you At least in aviation if you screw up you tend to die pretty uickly This book goes into all that with great detail; the way we men have to prove ourselves how we feel we can go head on with nature etc you get the idea This book puts you in the cockpit of several boats and into the minds of the men on those same little floaty things with sails during the the 1998 Syndey to Hobart Race A lot of Men did not survive that race because they made some poor choices on when to be at sea during the storm that did them in in this case That said it is an excellent read It also goes into the rescues in detail; Helicopters are great things but they are not intended to fly in inclement weather We are fortunate that our tax dollars are used to pay at low rates I might add individuals who go out of their way and endanger themselves to rescue those who have little sense and end up in a bind Happens every day; we all make mistakes but this was a group who were driven by a desire to win a race; They weren't in mortal danger from an encroaching enemy they weren't out to help anyone; it was pure racing at it's highest and most expensive form for ego And the storm could have taken many than it did All in all a goodread

  3. Kim Kim says:

    A riveting case study of the mixture of personalities and multiple decision chains that led to the disastrous conclusion of the 1998 Sydney Hobart race From a search and rescue SAR professional's perspective the insight into the minds of long distance sailors and those who would like to think they are but are merely wealthy is useful intelligence for future races to predict the likely actions of a missing boat and crew In that same vein the experiences of the men in their disintegrating life rafts vividly illustrated the effects of hypothermia and exhaustion The problems with life safety euipment are a lesson that seems to never to be learned; since they are inevitable the lesson here is to learn to anticipate themMy only disappointment with the book is the short shrift given to the actions of the Australian Coast Guard in the largest SAR case in its history SAR planning and operations reuire some calculation and resource management; the very best SAR coordinators are those that seem to have a telepathic link to the mind of a ship's or dinghy's captain Even just one chapter that fully explained the thought processes of those involved in directing the response would have help to round out the storyOn a final note Lifejackets save lives but only if you're wearing them

  4. Michal Angelo Michal Angelo says:

    I'm a trans oceanic sailor myself I've seen bad weather BUT reading this book left my heart in my throat way beyond any 'thriller' I've ever read; and this is real life On December 26 1998 115 sailboats set out on the annual race from Sydney to Hobart; only 43 would make it to the Tasmanian city the race having turned into the worst modern sailing disaster since the 1979 Fastnet Race Fastnet Force 10 The Deadliest Storm in the History of Modern Sailing If you have a passion for sailing you NEED to read this book

  5. Richard Philbrick Richard Philbrick says:

    Having been a professional seaman most of my life I was riveted to my Kindle by Knecht's vivid account of this racing tragedy where five sailors died and five boats sank I've participated in offshore sailboat races I was a helmsman on a 65 footer in the Inaugural Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race in '75 and have spent time than I care to remember in gale force conditions while running crew boats in the offshore oil fields of Louisiana and a could feel and hear those winds again in Knecht's paragraphs His accounts of the men's survival in life rafts is scary I'd rather read about these things though than to ever have to go through them

  6. Stephanie Stephanie says:

    A very interesting true account about an event that I previously knew nothing about and about a sport that I previously knew little about Knecht outlines the sailing men who faced stormy seas in various sized yachts to in this classic Australian race and about what motivates these men to be competitive to win to work together and to survive It put me in the mind of a Jon Krakauer book which I love

  7. Samuel Samuel says:

    A good read and hard to put down Gives you enough info on the things you need to know without bogging you down The account of the Sydney to Hobart boat race that resulted in disaster for many boats one particular year Follows three of the boats during the race I'd always heard about this race but never knew really what was involved until I read this book

  8. Brian Windheim Brian Windheim says:

    Picked this up as a 99 cent Kindle book It's a uick read It is reminiscent of Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air in that it explores the world of obsessed people doing dangerous things But it is told from a journalist's perspective and is not a first person accountI liked the book Learned a few things about open ocean sailing along the way

  9. Mathew Sympsun Mathew Sympsun says:

    More than just a great account of one of the most famous disasters in offshore yacht racing It also does a great job at portraying the massive egos to be found in the racing scene from billionaire tech tycoons to amateur know it alls and the disastrous conseuences when these over inflated personalities collide during life threatening conditions on the sea It also offers a look into the multimillion dollar budgets of the highest end racing yachts and the technology that goes into themAlong with the Fastnet race of 1979 the 1998 Sydney Hobart is a touchstone of sailing lore guaranteed to be mentioned in at least one sailor bar somewhere in the world on any given day

  10. Monica Monica says:

    It's a gripping description of the disastrous December 1998 Hobart sailing race which ended with six sailors dead five boats sunk seven abandoned in a deadly cyclone Fifty five sailors needed rescue by helicopters or other ships There are heroes and incompetents ego driven and team players exceptionally skilled and inexperienced It is all vividly described the boats state of the art incredibly expensive and advanced racing machines and one historic artifact the antiue wooden Winston Churchill the men a gathering of some of the best ocean racing sailors in the world and the weather what looked at first like a storm that turned into a tropical cyclone of deadly ferocity

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