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Arguably the greatest coach in British sporting history. Jurgen Grobler's Olympic coaching career is one of legend, yet the man himself has remained resolutely out of the spotlight. Over the last twenty years he has masterminded British Rowing's incomparable success. And when the difference between gold and silver can mean mere fractions of a second, Jurgen Grobler has consistently delivered Olympic gold through various boat classes and with an ever-changing group of athletes. Arguably the greatest coach in British sporting history, Grobler's unparalleled record outstrips many much better known records and stories; building champions such as Sir Steve Redgrave, Sir Matthew Pinsent and James Cracknell to name but few. This authoritative account of Grobler's career straddles the Iron Curtain, beginning in the German Democratic Republic, where systemic state-funded doping was an open secret, before crossing to Britain following the fall of the Berlin Wall. And whilst culture and sport have shifted dramatically over the last half century, Grobler's pursuit of greatness has never faltered. Written by Olympic medallist, Hugh Matheson, and rowing historian, Christopher Dodd, More Power is the unmissable story of one man's quest for glory, and sets out to unlock the secrets of Jurgen Grobler: the finest coach Olympic sport has ever seen.
A compelling, at times devastating, ultimately inspiring account of how much can go wrong on the ocean and how, miraculously, one woman conquered her own fears. Young and in love, their lives ahead of them, Tami Oldham and her fiance Richard Sharp set sail from Tahiti under brilliant blue skies, with Tami's hometown of San Diego as their ultimate destination. But the two free spirits and avid sailors couldn't anticipate that less than two weeks into their voyage, they would sail directly into one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history. They found themselves battling pounding rain, waves the size of skyscrapers, and 140 knot winds. Richard tethered himself to the boat and sent Tami below to safety, and then all went eerily quiet. Hours later, Tami awakened to find the boat in ruins, and Richard nowhere in sight. Adrift is the story of Tami's miraculous forty-one-day journey to safety on a ravaged boat with no motor and no masts, and with little hope for rescue. It's a tale of love and survival on the high seas - an unforgettable story about resilience of the human spirit, and the transcendent power of love.
At seventy-five, Terry and Monica Darlington had done everything they could think of doing, including starting a business and becoming athletes and running a literary society.Lately they had become boating adventurers and Terry a bestselling writer.But in their Midlands canal town in November, life was looking dull and short on surprises.Then their famous canal boat was destroyed by fire. Within a few days they had bought a new one and soon headed north in the Phyllis May 2 - to Liverpool, Lancaster, the Pennines and Wigan Pier. Terry recorded the journey, and alongside it the story of his life and his marriage and his dog Jim, with his broken ear like a flat cap, and Monica's dog Jess, known with heartbreaking reason as the Flying Catastrophe.Funny, affecting and beautifully told, this is a story that brims with incident and excitement, and is full of the famous and fascinating people the Darlingtons have met. And there is sadness too of course - it is the true story of an adventurous life well lived.
'Tim and I both understood we had done something really stupid. We had underestimated the danger involved in going out to sea. We had no radio, compass, life raft or flares. In other words, we were a couple of idiots.'This is the story of Shane and Timothy Spall and their Dutch barge The Princess Matilda. After a summer on the Thames they head out to sea with only a road atlas and a vast amount of ignorance - and it is absolutely terrifying!On their travels, memories are triggered of childhood trips to the seaside, but also of more recent times. A decade before, Tim had been diagnosed with acute leukaemia and was given only days to live.Shocked at how life can pass you by they decided that when, and if, Tim got better, they would buy a boat.As Tim and Shane explore the coast from the Medway to Cornwall, eventually they start to wonder, could they make it out of England altogether? Could Matilda make it to ... Wales?!Taking over five years, The Voyages of The Princess Matilda is a minor epic,charting a very personal, moving and uplifting story of an everyday couple's adventure around their much loved homeland.
In 1968, the Sunday Times organised the Golden Globe race - an incredible test of endurance never before attempted - a round the world yacht race that must be completed single-handed and non-stop, going into port for repairs or supplies would mean disqualification.This remarkable challenge inspired the daring to enter - with or without sailing experience. A Race Too Far is the story of how the race unfolded, and how it became a tragedy for many involved.Of the nine sailors who started the race, four realised the madness of the undertaking and pulled out within weeks. The remaining five each have their own remarkable story. Chay Blyth, fresh from rowing the Atlantic with John Ridgway, had no sailing experience but managed to sail round the Cape of Good Hope before retiring. Nigel Tetley sank whilst in the lead with 1,100 nautical miles to go, surviving but dying in tragic circumstances two years later. Donald Crowhurst began showing signs of mental illness and tried to fake a round the world voyage. His boat was discovered adrift in an apparent suicide, but his body was never found. Bernard Moitessier abandoned the race whilst in a strong position and carried on to Tahiti, where he settled and fathered a child by a local woman despite having a wife and family in Paris. Robin Knox-Johnston was the only one to complete the race.It has undoubtedly become the most legendary of modern stories of men pitting themselves against the sea. Forty years on, Chris Eakin recreates the drama of the epic race, talking to all those touched by the tragedies surrounding the Golden Globe: the survivors, the widows and the children of those who died. It is a book that both evokes the primary wonder of the adventure itself and reflects on what it has come to mean to both those involved and the rest of us in the forty years since.
Set against the backdrop of the first world's fair in London, America's Victory takes listeners into a world rich in adventure and history in an unforgettable story of skill, daring, and honor at the heart of our national identity. In 1850, a brilliant young boat designer and an unlikely team of humble, hard working men faced the might and arrogance of the British empire in a yacht race for The Great Exhibition in England. Revolutionary in design and strikingly beautiful, the schooner America set sail against the world's greatest maritime nation. This is an account of an amazing feat accomplished long ago at the turning point in the growth of a young nation's confidence, but it is also the story of a victory of the American spirit that bravely lives on today.
Tør du se under overfladen? Maja og Pelle Hannix bor på den lille ø Hjortholmen midt i Vänern i et eftertragtet paradis fra 1700-tallet med sommerslot, dådyr, et orangeri og en gammel mosaikpool. Pelle er en af Europas førende skulptører. Maja, hans tidligere elev, er 30 år yngre end Pelle, og er aldrig selv slået igennem som kunstner. På trods af de smukke omgivelser på Hjortholmen, er Maja ulykkelig. Hendes liv er ikke gået i den retning, hun havde forestillet sig. Hun bestemmer sig for at starte en svømmeskole for voksne! Der dukker kun tre svømmekursister op på Hjortholmen: kultur- journalisten Karin, gartneren Jens og teenageren Alex. De er tre ensomme mennesker, og de bærer alle sammen på hemmeligheder. De tre hede sommeruger forandrer deres liv for altid. Lærer de at svømme? Og hvad skal der til for at kunne tage svømmeprøven? Svømmeprøven er en varm, underholdende og morsom roman om, hvordan livet kan ændre sig, hvis vi lærer at give slip og tør leve det liv, vi inderst inde drømmer om."Romanen er velskrevet og fin og sårbar, og viser lidt om at man skal kunne dykke for at flyde ovenpå. Dejlig, uforpligtende og varm læsning." - Julia Lahme, FEMINA, 6 stjerner"Varm, morsom og underholdende roman om hvad der kan ske, når man vover at se sig selv i øjnene. ... Emma Hamberg skriver godt og psykologisk meget overbevisende, hendes personer er sympatiske og menneskelige og dermed genkendelige, men alligevel kom jeg til at holde af personerne, og hendes beskrivelse af naturen på Hjortholmen er bare vidunderlig." - Litteratursiden"En svensk atypisk chick-lit roman for læsere, der gerne bærer over med nogle usandsynligheder, for en happy endings skyld. Som interesserer sig for bearbejdelse af psykologiske traumer, sat i romantiske rammer, hos privilegerede kunstnere og tilsat erotik, champagne og dekadent kostumebal ... En roman, der tager mange svære temaer op, men som også viser, at problemer er til at konfrontere og løse. Og hvis man virkelig skal lære at bunde, må man nogle gange ud på rigtigt dybt vand." - Lektør: Maria Björnsdóttir Emma Hamberg (1971) er en svensk forfatter. Hun bor lidt uden for Stockholm. Hun har arbejdet som illustrator, chefredaktør og programleder for svenske P3. I Danmark er hun mest kendt for sine succesfulde feel-good romaner Brunstkalenderen og Svømmeprøven.