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Mark Chisnell has written 16 books, they’ve been translated into five languages and topped sales and download charts in the USA, UK, Germany, Italy and Spain.
Mark writes suspense and mystery thrillers, technical books on the art and science of racing sailboats, along with non-fiction books and journalism on travel, sport and technology for some of the world's leading magazines and newspapers, including Esquire and the Guardian.
Mark began his writing with travel stories, while hitch-hiking around the world. He got a job sweeping up and making tea with the British America’s Cup team in Australia in 1987 to earn the money to get home. He worked his way onto the boat as navigator and has sailed and worked with six more America’s Cup teams since then. He’s also won three World Championships in sailing, and currently runs the Technical Innovation Group at Land Rover BAR, Sir Ben Ainslie’s British America’s Cup team.
Mark now lives by a river in the UK with his wife, two young sons and a dog – whenever he gets a couple of minutes peace he can usually be found reading a Jack Reacher novel, or the latest from Michael Lewis or Malcolm Gladwell.
on Aug. 01, 2011 :
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.
(reviewed 32 days after purchase)