In 1969, the first two men landed on the moon. There were five other landings, leading to a total of twelve astronauts standing on the moon. A further six circled above while the world watched.
Also in 1969, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston was the first man to sail solo non-stop around the world south of Cape Horn. He was the eighth of only eleven men who rounded the Horn alone before the final moon landing. Those eleven men had no one watching them.
This book tells their remarkable, unforgettable stories.
The moon. Cape Horn. One is 250,000 miles away. The other is at the bottom of the Earth. One is airless, sterile and silent. The other is ravaged by perpetual storms, mountainous seas and ice.
In 1969, those two places were the centre of the world’s attention,
On 20 July 1969 Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon. They were followed by a further ten astronauts.
At the same time, nine single-handed sailors were attempting to sail round Cape Horn, alone, in the Golden Globe Non-Stop Round the World Race. Only one man finished the race, but three other competitors did eventually make it past the Horn. Those four joined the seven other lone sailors who had previously rounded the Cape, to become the eleven Cape Horn astronauts.
This dramatic and exciting book, written so vividly you can feel the sea’s spray on your face and taste the salt on your lips, tells the story of the lives of those eleven men and their sailing exploits, and compares and contrasts their voyages with what the twelve space astronauts achieved.
‘One famous astronaut spoke of “a small step for man, one great leap for mankind”. For those who go to sea, rather than into space, there’s no greaterstep than rounding the Horn.’
From the preface, written by Paul Heiney
About the Author:
Nicholas Gray is a retired solicitor who has sailed and owned boats all his life. He has also been a sailmaker and restorer of classic yachts.
His first book, Last Voyages, was published in 2017. He divides his time between Kent and south-west France.