What News can be added to my knowledge on the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09, after following this RtW (Round the World)Sailing Race on the TV and sailing the last several legs in the Virtual VolvoOceanRaceGame(VORG)?
Mark Chisnell, has a style of writing, that knows to put an intriguing remark, that invites to read on as it made me curious on the succession of the story or the urge for an answer on the open question; I like that style.
Mark for sure knows a lot of Ocean sailing and throughout the book, he linked to events that happened during the race with one of the boats or one of the sailors, giving detailed descriptions on the boat, its equipment, the navigational tools and mostly also on the human elements of a long stay away from family, or injuries at a long distance to habituated places.
His description follows the race, but in big steps covering however the most essential elements of a RtW Volvo Ocean Race. He gives in the book a reflection of the close sailing at times, where tactical elements for the winners of a leg are explained. Following the race he describes every boat at its proper time, when a race strategy, an incident or equipment failure could be essential in the podium places or critical for the well being of a sailor. He does not describe, luckily, every participating sailor in details, but where appropriate he gives the details of an event, the contribution of the sailors and adds to it some background from earlier sailing experiences.
I have enjoyed reading his book and it promoted my attention to the start of the coming VolvoOceanRace, starting in Barcelona on 29th October 2011, from the first day onwards.