Download Epub Format ↠´ Taking on the World PDF by ↠´ Ellen MacArthur Ellen is pretty amazing The you read the you realise that the sport is very like motor racing at its high levels Ability is nothing compared to the fight to get a seat in a good car In this case scraping together the funds to get a boat and the entrance fees to races are key Ellen is so lucky, time and time again, her undoubted abilities as a sailor would have come to naught without the help of so many people and coincidences of money arriving at just the right moments and her own indomitable will to keep on fighting on while pretty much living on nothing.
Since Ellen wrote this book herself you have to give her credit for mentioning her various boyfriends, nearly all of whom help her at critical times and then get ditched if they a need any emotional support themselves, or b are not 100% interested in her goals or c cannot any longer push her career Most of them don t seem to mind too much and you have to be impressed at the single mindedness of it all The pressure is intense too and you have to be relieved that she doesn t crack up from it, as it seems she might in a couple of places.
The sailing is really tough too Not like Dinghy s I m not altogether sure about Taking on the World, which focuses on the early life of Ellen MacArthur, the English yachtswoman It finishes when she s 26.
The book details her life, how she fell in love with the sea, her drift into single handed racing, and her success in the races she entered.
Don t get me wrong, the book s thorough You ll really understand her life after it s read, it s just that beyond her Vend e Globe success, I m not sure that she had much to say beyond her scrabbling round for sponsorship money to sail.
As an example, when she was 17 she won a sort of British Young Yachtsman of the Year If you d asked me before I read the book, I d have said I didn t know why she won it Having read the book, I m not the wiser She admitted as much herself The people she was up against had won this or that competition So far as I can tell, she was just excitable about racing and went on a lot of sailing courses Hardly a ringing endorsement for British sailing.
The other thing that struck me during the book was how much she didn t know, even in the run up to her big race I mean she s a sailor, and she seem to have difficulty interpreting where to find the best winds, which just irritated me.
Don t get me wrong I have respect for her, but this book lessened her in my eyes if I m honest This might make me a little unpopular I think as she s popular in some quarters , but the I think about it, the convinced I am that I m right about this.
An inspiring book by an extraordinary woman This is a book about a girl who saved her school dinner money for years in order to buy herself a boat who sailed single handed around Britain while a teenager and who through sheer determination got herself into the position where she could become the youngest person to complete the Vend e Globe singlehanded around the world yacht race.
At the time the book was written, the Vend e Globe was the natural climax of her life so far, and it is a shame that the understandable delay in finishing the book led her to add a little in afterwards, but that is a minor criticism and it is a real rollercoaster of a read In comparison with Sir Francis Chichester s book of his early exploits, there is a lot emotion here, and it makes for a interesting and captivating read.
I doubt I would have picked up this autobiography were it not for a couple of pretty slight connections Some years ago I made the acquaintance, in less happy circumstances, of Ellen s Aunt Thea who introduced her to sailing, and I have now moved to the area and my children attend the same school that she did I can think of worse famous alumni I have very little interest in or knowledge of sailing, other than second hand, for all that sailing, if you have the money, seems to have greater merit as a sporting activity than many However, I was like Ellen captivated by Swallows and s whereas this book despite describing the great moments of peace and oneness with the forces of nature did not generate a flicker of aspiration I was interested in all the different skills required and how much repair and maintenance is needed all that sewing and mucking about with fibre glass She seems to be a pretty remarkable individual, even for the rather splendid family and upbringing she enjoyed,and there is a freshness, a naivety about her writing It can feel a bit like being on an ocean of peaks and troughs, all a bit intense emotionally, but perhaps that is just how it is for her Obviously, it s her own book and there may be other versions but despite plenty of cynical capacity on my part checking closely between the lines I could only see a remarkably functional human being, even given the level of focus required to pursue her goals at this point in her life I found it all refreshing amongst the mire of celebrity.
I followed this race in 2000 2001 and couldn t wait to be updated each day for 3 months as the drama unfolded.
Ellen is not a professional writer but has done a nice job talking about her life, experiences and preparation to race Her descriptions of what she went through during the race, both emotionally and physically, are mesmerizing.
I loved this book for the heart that Macarthur put into it, but parts of it seemed to drone on Being a writer, I know how hard it can be to put so much of yourself onto the page for others to see, but Macarthur does it with confidence, grace, and charm I also read this book while backpacking through Ireland and Germany, and I think that my own adventures at the time added a lot to the adventurous tone of the book I would recommend that this book be read while traveling or while planning a trip Don t be afraid to bring your own experience into it.
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Ellen is really magnificent She s such a brave woman She makes her dream come true and that s why I respect her so much She s a true hero to me.
Written in a heart warming way which makes you actually feel for Dame Ellen as a real human being She describes things well from places to people to feelings A fascinating book and an amazing story.
I love her single minded obsession I had been a bit reluctant to read this book at first because, while I m interested in sailing, I m not that interested in racing Still, my boyfriend insisted so I gave it a shot I almost gave this book 5 stars, but then got a bit bored at times.