Thursday, December 6, 2007

The Crossing

I have been reading "The Crossing" by James Cracknell and Ben Fogle.James is of course an Olympic rower while Ben has done many programmes for BBC, including Castaway and Country File.I met Ben briefly recently at the WI Autumn meeting in Winsford, Cheshire, where I bought the book and had it signed by him.Ben gave a fascinating talk at the meeting about "The Crossing" but after reading the book, I am sure that he glossed over what the journey was really like.
The book is written by both James and Ben. It's an incredibly honest account of what they endured during the crossing of the Atlantic in a rowing boat.When they decided to compete in the Atlantic Rowing Race,they thought they knew what they were taking on.They would be rowing nearly 3000 miles of ocean in all kinds of weather conditions, a colossal test of physical and mental endurance.What they didn't realise was just how many other things they would have to cope with, including the loss of vital equipment, their boat capsizing , having to survive on extremely limited water rations after their desalinator broke down. Both men are totally honest about the times they nearly despaired and wondered just what they had taken on.
When they crossed the finishing line in first position, they had pushed themselves to the utmost limit, physically,psychologically and emotionally. What James and Ben achieved showed the incredible limits to which the human body can be pushed. It is a cracking good read and if you haven't read it for yourself, do so.

12 comments:

Sister--Three said...

The sky is burning.

RuneE said...

I like the sharp transition from the burning sky at the top to the black shadow below.

Andrea said...

Does look like a blazing sky.

dot said...

Hi Angie! Beautiful picture and the book sounds really good. Thanks for the review!

Marie said...

Beautiful sunset!

Sandy Carlson said...

Beautiful picture! Wonderful. I enjoyed the post below, too. God bless.

Kerri said...

Stunning picture...and the book sounds fascinating!

Lilli & Nevada said...

very nice love those colors

Misty Dawn said...

Gorgeous photo! The sky truly looks like it is on fire!

Paulie said...

Gorgeous sunset!

Ida said...

Beautiful. :)
Glowing.

Bucefalo said...

Beautiful sky burning.
Have a nice week end.
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