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When Coyote and its skipper, Mike Plant, went missing mid-Atlantic in November 1992, the sailing world held its breath. Now, 20 years later, the story around the mystery, tragedy, and enigma is told at last.
Mike Plant came to ocean racing late; as an American in a sport dominated by European sailors he was an underdog. And yet he won his class in the 1986-87 Around Alone 24,000-mile race, beating competitors with more experience, among them Hal Roth. Plant led an adrenaline-fueled life, full of seemingly suicidal adventures and yet his charismatic personality attracted hundreds of friends.
Told in the style of Into the Wild, Coyote Lost at Sea transcends the sailing story and explores the intimate details of Plant's intense personality, upbringing, and experiences that created the fiercely original character of Mike Plant. It explores the events and circumstances leading to Plant's phenomenal success as a singlehanded ocean-racer, as well as the factors contributing to the failure of his high-tech and controversial boat, Coyote.
©2013 International Marine/McGraw Hill Education (P)2014 New Street Communications, LLC
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Critic Reviews

"[Plant] is as close as yachting gets to a James Dean character, going his own way, in his own time, but always with an eye to the sea." (Barbara Lloyd, New York Times)
" Coyote is one of the best sailing books of the year." ( Sailing Magazine)
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By Brodie on 02-08-15

Powerful expose about finding what drives the few

A remarkable tale if you like stories about the sea and sailing. Actually it is more than that, it is a tale about a person who is 'damaged' or is he? If he just non-conformist? Does he have demons that are larger than life or is he intoxicated with finding out the limits to which we can place upon ourselves? Either way a jolly good listen.

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By Thomas on 01-08-15

Impressive Story

Story builds steam culminating in the final voyage. Once the racing begins it takes off and shows the thrilling side of sailboat racing. Appreciated the Epilogue and final wreck analysis.

For sure round the world sailors are a special breed of endurance athletes and Mike Plant was one of the early pioneers.

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