Just because it’s Friday, and it’s still sunny here in London… We thought our readers deserved a special treat. So don’t delay – click here to read a free extract of Brendan Hall’s superb new book, Team Spirit: Life and Leadership on one of the World’s Toughest Yacht Races.
Fewer people have raced a yacht around the world than have climbed Mount Everest. It is the ultimate long-distance challenge, and none more so than the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race: a 35,000-mile circumnavigation of the globe, contested by amateur crews in identical stripped-down racing yachts. Taking part in it requires incredible teamwork, leadership, skill, courage and focus.
Winning it is a whole different game.
Team Spirit is a gripping account of a race on the edge, a young skipper’s crash-course in leadership under gruelling pressure, and a determined journey to victory against the odds.
Brendan began sailing at the age of four in his home waters off Brisbane, and was just 28 years old when he skippered Spirit of Australia to victory in the Clipper Race 2009/2010. But despite being the youngest and least experienced skipper in the contest, the win was no accident – it was the culmination of relentless training, skilled navigation and a leadership style way beyond his years.