The Lonely Sea and the Sky -

The Lonely Sea and the Sky

By Sir Francis Chichester



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Aged eighteen with a taste for adventure, Francis Chichester emigrated to New Zealand with ten pounds in his pocket. He tried his hand as a boxer, shepherd, lumberjack and gold prospector, before returning to England. Having qualified as a pilot, in 1929 he embarked on his most famous solo flight in the de Havilland Gipsy Moth from England to Australia. Shortly afterward, he would survive a near-death catastrophe in an attempt to fly solo around the world. Turning to sailing, he won the first single-handed transatlantic yacht race in Gipsy Moth III, despite having been diagnosed with cancer two years previously. In 1967, he became the first person to sail around the world solo from west to east via the great capes. AUTHOR: Born in 1901, Francis Chichester emigrated to New Zealand at the age of eighteen with only ten pounds in his pocket. With the impetuousness of youth, he tried his hand at a myriad of jobs, some more successful than others, and by the age of twenty-six, had been a farm-hand, a boxer, a shepherd, a lumberjack, a member of three trade Unions - the Firemen's, the Miners' and the Timber Workers' - a railway worker, a gold prospector, a coal miner, a door-to-door salesman, and a land agent. And it was only then that his real adventures began. SELLING POINTS: An important book and a classic tale. One of the original great adventures, told in a way that makes you feel the wind and seaspray on your skin as you read. 2012 sees the 45th Anniversary of him becoming the first person to sail around the world solo from west to east. 2012 also sees the 40th anniversary of his death. REVIEWS: 'I would find myself engrossed in his book; he was one of my greatest inspirations and motivations to get involved in the world of solo sailing' - Dame Ellen McArthur

Product code: 9781849532013

ISBN 9781849532013
Publisher Octopus Publishing Group
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H196xW130xS30
No. Of Pages 432
On Sale Date 20/12/2001
The complete autobiography of the great adventurer Sir Francis Chichester, the first and fastest man to singlehandedly circumnavigate the globe. Here, his entire life - including his greatest failures and successes - are told by the man who experienced it all firsthand. A foreword from his son, Giles Chichester, is also included.