New edition covers Nick's participation in the 30th Anniversary
Race and his achievement of rounding the Rock after 30 years
Gripping true life story of survival against all the odds -
'Touching the Void' meets 'Perfect Storm'
Exciting content and pacey narrative make this a compelling read
that appeals to a wide general readership
Hardback created huge interest and media coverage when published in
Now available as a paperback, Left for Dead is the tragic and
inspirational account of Nick Ward's survival against all the
odds. It is the experience of an ordinary man who survived an
extraordinary event. It affected him so deeply that for over 25
years his story has remained untold - until now.
The second edition of the Sunday Times Sports Book of the Year is
updated with a new chapter describing Nick's eventual
completion of the Fastnet Race thirty years after his first,
The world-famous Fastnet Race takes yachts from the Isle of Wight
to the Fastnet Rock off the southwest coast of Ireland and back.
The 1979 race began in perfect conditions, but was soon engulfed by
the deadliest storm in the history of modern sailing. By the time
it passed, the havoc caused was immeasurable, and fifteen sailors
had lost their lives.
It had been Nick Ward's childhood ambition to sail in the
Fastnet Race, and being asked to join the crew of the 30-foot yacht
Grimalkin was a dream come true. But then the storm hit. Grimalkin
was capsized again and again. With the skipper lost overboard,
after hours of struggle three of the crew decided to abandon the
boat for the liferaft. Nick and another crewmember, both
unconscious, were left on the beleaguered yacht in the middle of
the Irish Sea. Both were presumed dead. Gerry died a few hours
later, and Nick was left to face the storm alone.
Ausstattung/Bilder: 2nd edition. 2010. 320 S. w. colour photos. 198 mm
Abmessung: 29mm x 132mm x 199mm
'Nick has told the story of his amazing survival in his book Left for Dead, which he has re-released to include a new chapter about his epic challenge 30 years later.' The Irish Sun (July 2010)
'Nick has told the story of his amazing survival in his book Left for Dead, which he has re-released to include a new chapter about his epic challenge 30 years later.' The Irish Sun (July 2010) 'Unsettling but compelling reading. Essential reading for those sailors who can't help thinking "What if?"' Sailing Today (November 2010) 'This book is a gripping read from start to finish.' Compass Magazine (2010)
Nick Ward was born in Hamble, and was taught to sail at the age of four. He has retained his love of sailing throughout his life. He worked in the marine trade for most of his career and delivered and raced yachts of all kinds. Nick still lives in Hamble today, with his wife Christine and two children. Sinead O'Brien is an award-winning documentary maker and dramatist. She lives in Dublin with her daughter Eve.