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5 of the 6 races have now been sailed. Italy is host to this regatta. Standings now reflect the fact that each team has discarded their worst score.
Still in the lead is the American team of Doyle and Olson. After 5 races they count no score lower than 9th. 2nd is the Canadian team of Macdonald and Bjorn with 25 points. The final podium spot is held by the German team of Hoegen and Fendt with 29 points. 4th is another USA team Reynolds and Liljedahl. The final American team in the top 10 is Macausland and Iverson in 9th.
With one race remaining the standings still could see significant shifts. All of the top boats have at least one double digit future and with the points close another bad race could see a team tumble.
Book Review: Into the Wind
If ever a yacht race produced enough unique stories to warrant treatment in a book the 1998-99 Around Alone was it. The race had unique boats, sailors and incidents.
The only people to show the foresight to write about Around Alone are two South Carolina journalists Tony Bartelme and Brian Hicks. The pair wrote about the racing for its duration for the Charleston Post Courier. Around Alone started from their hometown of Charleston SC.
Into the Wind covers the entire duration of Around Alone from a variety of perspectives. Throughout the book close up anecdotes and reporting give you a very accurate sense of the sailors personalities.
The reporting team gives you insights into the race that were not known during the race. One such example is the reporting on a racial slur directed at sailor Neal Petersen during the Cape Town stopover.
One gets a very good sense of the boats sailed in the race. The main way this sense is conveyed is through photographs. Into the Wind uses a variety of photographic sources including Post and Courier staff photographers and noted yachting photographers. The extensive inventory of photographs allows you to see the difference between Neal Petersen's home built www.no-barriers.com and purpose built Open 60's such as PRB, Gartmore and Somewhere.
Into the Wind also makes certain to cover some the unique incidents that Around Alone 98-99 will always be known for. Chapter Seven covers Russian sailor Viktor Yazykov's self surgery at sea on an injured elbow. Included are photos of Yazykov performing the surgery. Chapter Eighteen covers the Southern Ocean rescue of Isabelle Autissier. A most memorable photo of a turned turtle PRB is on P.88.
Into the Wind is a strong book on a strong subject made better by in depth reporting. Around Alone deserved a book of this quality and Bartelme and Hicks were able to meet the standard set.
Into the Wind is available from the TMI Bookstore.