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NSW State Coroner's Inquest
1998 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Testimony and Evidence - Coroner's Findings
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This information is presented exclusively by Equipped To Survive in hopes that others may learn from the tragic lessons of this experience. For those seriously interested in the subject, nothing replaces first hand accounts, most especially not typical media coverage. The testimony of the participants, survivors and rescuers alike, as well as other evidence gathered during the Coroner's Inquest is full of valuable lessons for anyone who is considering an investment in safety and survival equipment or who may someday have to depend upon such equipment or their own actions in a similar situation to save their lives.
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Testimony and Evidence
NSW State Coroner's Inquest
1998 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
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Coroner's Findings
NSW State Coroner's Inquest
1998 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
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Fatal Storm - The Inside Story of the Tragic Sydney-Hobart Race
Rob Mundle, 1999 Rob Mundle, International Marine (div. McGraw-Hill), ISBN:0-07-135698-3, 251 pages

Fatal StormStarting from Sydney Harbor, Australia, on December 26 1998, 115 sail boats headed downwind towards Hobart, Tasmania in the 53rd running of this internationally acclaimed race. Only 44 boats made it to Hobart. Five boats sank, six sailors died, 55 sailors were taken off their yachts, most by helicopter. The weather "bomb" that devistated the fleet in the Bass Strait caught almost all by surprise. Based on 125 interviews with those involved, Mundle does an admirable job painting a colorful and detailed picture of the difficulties faced by the crews in this race and of the heroic rescues that saved dozens who might well have been lost but for their efforts. This is a page turner that holds your attention as you battle the fierce storm alongside the crews and rescuers. As with previous racing disasters, there are lessons to be learned, some all over again. Mundle doesn't analyze what transpired, he just recounts the gripping story of survival. You'll have to draw your own conclusions. The book suffers somewhat from the rush to press, but not unduly, and time has not altered the facts presented.

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The Proving Ground
G. Bruce Knecht, 2001 G. Bruce Knecht, Little Brown & Co., ISBN:0-316-49955-2, 295 pages

The Proving GroundA gripping narrative of the tragic 1998 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. This book focuses on the crews much more than the rescuers or the rescues, which story was covered better in Fatal Storm, which came out shortly after the event. Knecht had access to the likes of Larry Ellison (Oracle founder and owner of the winning yacht), which adds an entirely different perspective to the telling of this story. The book probes the depths of character of the participants and the whys and wherefores of their decisions--decisions that sometimes proved fatal for the boats or crew, or both. The book benefits from the passage of time since the disaster; particpants were more willing to talk freely for the most part and the facts are clearer as a result of the multiple inquries held. This is a "must read" for anyone who is interested in marine survival, and a darn good read for everyone else.

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