Pressure Falling - Short Stories of Stormy SeasBy: Mark Chisnell
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Are you warm, safe and dry? Good - because the ocean can be a dangerous place and never more so than when the barometric pressure plummets and huge waves start to rise up from the deep. These five short stories - chilling, funny and scary in turns - will show you just how ugly and dangerous the sea can become. Make sure you are wrapped up warm and safe when you read this book, because the raw power of storms comes roaring to life in these terrifying tales: In 1959, the Smeetonâs tried to round Cape Horn in a tiny wooden sailboat - big mistake. And they made it twice. The 1979 Fastnet Race - the greatest tragedy ever to hit the sailing community. In 1993, Cam Lewis tried to fly past Cape Horn in the quickest sailboat on the planet - instead, he was humbled into a battle for survival. In 2001, Michel Desjoyeaux would have lost the Vendee Globe to Ellen MacArthur, if it wasn't for this one inspired 'MacGyver' moment. Discover how the scientists came to accept they were wrong about rogue waves. Pressure Falling contains just five short non-fiction stories, followed by a sample from one of Mark Chisnell's novels. The latter may tempt you into buying another book... so please don't get 'Pressure Falling' if you feel that this is in some way underhand. 'I stumbled upon this collection of short stories quite by chance and discovered a string of seductive gems that I simply couldn't put down.' Reader. 'This was great fun to read and I like the author's style: clearly knowledgeable on the subject but witty and easily absorbed.' Reader. Reviews for Mark Chisnellâs Other Non-fiction: âThere are many accounts of man against the sea, and man against man at sea, but seldom has there been such a panoramic portrayal of life at its cramped, frenetic and frightening worst as this examination of the latest winning Whitbread Round the World Race campaign.â Stuart Alexander, Independent, âSports Book of the Weekâ. âWhat it does brilliantly is get under the skin of what it is like to live and breathe a Whitbread Race.â Tim Jeffery, The Daily Telegraph. âItâs the best book yet on this race. Great writing...â Yachts and Yachting.
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|Title of eBook: Pressure Falling - Short Stories of Stormy Seas|
|Release Date: 04-11-2011|
|Publisher: (Indie Author)|
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Pressure Falling - Short Stories of Stormy Seas
Thursday, August 9th, 1979 - baking hot air was rising from the grain fields of the Great Plains of North America, while across Canada, cold air flowed south from the pole. As the two met the hotter air lifted over the cooler and started to churn. It happens all the time – perhaps there’s a thunderstorm. But on this occasion, the anti-clockwise rotation of the air built and gathered strength, the signature formation of a northern hemisphere low pressure system, or depression. The nascent storm moved east, dropping the atmospheric pressure and an inch and a half of rain over the city of Minneapolis, whipping waves and whitecaps across the Great Lakes. On the Friday, it flexed its muscles and claimed its first victim - killing a woman in New York’s Central Park, as roofs were blown off houses and trees knocked down across New England.
Weather forecasters tracked the low out into the Atlantic, where it rode the westerly jet stream towards the Bay of Biscay – a name synonymous with bad weather, but not usually in August. And the summer storm did jink to the north, funnelled between the Azores High and another, much larger depression that had stalled just west of Iceland. Sucking up energy, it accelerated towards the Western Approaches of the British Isles - and there it collided with an unsuspecting fleet of 303 yachts, sailing in the Fastnet Race. In the space of twenty four hours, fifteen people died as twenty four crews abandoned boats battered by sixty knot winds and forty foot breaking waves....