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Close to the Wind

By Pete Goss

Published by Headline (1998)

When the chips are down it’s best to have a former Royal Marine Commando coming to the rescue. Even better if he’s Pete Goss. This is his story of how he ditched his chances of a place in the Vendee Globe Race to turn back into the face of a Southern Ocean storm to save the life of French competitor Raphael Dinelli. 

Goss was able to hold a better trophy than the Vendee Cup for his brave feat: He was awarded the Legion d’Honneur by French President Chirac.

When I read this book I thought Goss had used a ghostwriter, surely he can’t be such a great scribe as well as a champion sailor? But he is both and I can’t recommend this book highly enough. 

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