In Bligh, Rob goes back to sea – this time it’s the eighteenth century, the era when brave mariners took their ships beyond the horizon in search of an unknown world. Those chosen to lead these expeditions were exceptional navigators, men who had shown brilliance as they ascended the ranks in the Royal Navy. They were also bloody good sailors.
There’s a lot more to the story of the infamous Captain Bligh than mutiny, rum and convicts – it is also the untold story of one of our greatest sailors. Bestselling author Rob Mundle’s very modern biography puts you at the heart of a great nautical life: a story that embraces the romance of the sea and the adventure that comes with exploration under sail.
Rob’s Bligh will literally put you on the beach with him as he witnesses the death of his Captain and mentor Cook; and in a longboat with nineteen men, cast adrift in the middle of the Pacific Ocean by Fletcher Christian, as he navigates almost 6000 kilometres (3700 miles) across the Pacific, in his epic 47-day voyage to Timor — that remains to this day a staggering feat of precision navigation and survival.More info →
Remarkable stories of survival and courage on the high seas 'Amazing true stories...' Kay Cottee AO, First woman to sail solo and non-stop around the world HELL ON HIGH SEAS chronicles some of the most remarkable stories of survival and daring the world's oceans have ever hosted. Amazing feats of courage: some verging on madness, others where death is eluded through sheer bravery, determination and innovation - or even divine intervention? Maurice and Maralyn Bailey spent 117 days adrift in a rubber dinghy in the Pacific after their yacht was sunk by a whale. Five Mexican fishermen went to sea for a three-day shark-fishing trip and vanished - nine months later three of them reappeared. Ben and Elinore Carlin endured a hurricane-lashed crossing of the Atlantic in their tiny amphibious jeep, Half-Safe, the start of an incredible 10-year, around-the-world odyssey.More info →
The Sydney to Hobart yacht race is one of the world's major sporting events. In 1998, it became one of the world's major sporting disasters. Six sailors tragically perished and numerous yachts sank or were badly damaged. the subsequent search and rescue operation was one of the most phenomenally accomplished peacetime effortsthe world has ever seen. In this fully updated edition to mark the 10th anniversary of the tumultuous race, Rob Mundle, one of Australia's leading journalists and yachtsmen, tells this story of challenge and survival with compassion, vigour and understanding. Drawing from extensive interviews with officials, crews, survivors and rescue service personnel, he relates like no other the calamity and triumph of the 1998 blue water classic. 'Mundle's portrayals of courageous sailors and heroic rescuers fighting for their lives are as vivid as any I have read.'- John Rousmaniere, author Fastnet, Force 10More info →
A breathtaking account of the world's most gruelling yacht race. the world's greatest round-the-world yacht race is the Volvo Ocean Race. the men and women who compete have an insatiable appetite for tough competition, danger and the challenge of life-threatening experiences. It is a competition in which they must cover more than 32,000 miles (52,600 km) in nine months and conquer the world s oceans. It s non-stop racing. to win the battle they must overcome the elements - from the mind-bending frustration and oppressive heat of tropical calms, to the icy blasts that drive through the minefield of icebergs deep in the Southern Ocean. this is a story about human endeavour and testing the limits of physical and mental endurance. It's also the story of team cohesion and racing to the max as we delve inside the struggles and triumphs of one particular team, team News Corp, as they battle to become the world's best ocean warriors.More info →
With stunning photographs and unprecedented access to the boats and their crews, this chronicle captures the entirety of the 2005–2006 Volvo Ocean Race—the famous and prestigious open-ocean, around-the-world sailing event that occurs once every four years. A complete history of the race, on-board interviews, and a leg-by-leg analysis complement full details on the seven participating teams and their nearly eight-month-long race around the globe.More info →