Race France to France: Leave Antarctica to Starboard


A grueling account from a tough sailor

Rich Wilson is the second American sailor to finish the Vendee Globe, the non-stop solo race around the world.

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The fact that he did it at age 58 and is a severe asthmatic makes the 29,000-mile, 121-day accomplishment in the 2008-09 edition even more impressive. “Race France to France: Leave Antarctica to Starboard” (paperback, $15, e-book, $9.99, 321 pages, www.racefrancetofrance.com) is Wilson’s account of life aboard his Open 60, Great American III.

He writes candidly about broken ribs, a facial gash, sleep deprivation, exhaustion and a dangerous climb up the mast, putting you inside the head of a man trying to do what had broken the spirits of many younger men before him. “Solo at sea, nobody is there to share the physical load, and nobody is there to share the mental and emotional loads. There is no sport like this.”

March 2013 issue