Fatal Storm: The Inside Story of the Tragic Sydney-Hobart by Rob Mundle

By Rob Mundle

"Harrowing shoreside reading."­­Booklist

"Should be required interpreting for all ocean sailors."­­Library Journal

The first ebook to recount the disastrous occasions of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart yacht race, Fatal Storm is bound to be a favored paperback choice. Rob Mundle takes readers via each white-knuckling hour of the gale that descended within the predawn hours of December 27, stretching over 900 miles from Australia to New Zealand, bringing with it storm power winds and five-story waves. In all, fifty seven sailors have been rescued, plucked from the decks of damaged boats or from the ocean itself lower than most unlikely stipulations. Six sailors died.

A Sydney-Hobart Race veteran himself, Rob Mundle had overall and unequaled entry to the folk in the back of the tale. the result's a story of utmost experience, amazing will, and the overpowering emotional stories of survivors, rescuers, and the bereaved.

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In later years the race would start on the south side, closer to the CBD. Contacted by the CYC, the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, in Hobart, agreed to manage the finish line while the Royal Australian Air Force agreed to schedule “flying exercises” for Catalina flyingboats over the course so they could report the position of any yacht sighted. Word of the race was greeted with great enthusiasm by the daily press. The Australian public, still weary after five years of war, was in need of fresh excitement and adventure.

Friendship blossomed into romance and they married in 1983 – but not before Steve had sailed in the Admiral’s Cup that year. Libby knew she was marrying a man and his sport. “I never had any qualms about Steve going ocean racing,” she said. “Never. Not even in 1984 when I was pregnant with Pip and it was a rough race did I worry. I’d lie in bed at night, listen to the storm outside and say, ‘Yeah, it’s windy’ but that was it. ” It was the Kulmar family’s turn to host Christmas lunch at their modern flat-roofed home overlooking Manly and the waters of the northern part of Sydney Harbour.

The huge ceiling-to-floor windows afforded spectacular views and large doors ensured that summer sea breezes kept the occupants cool. A large swimming pool, aside from providing instant refreshment from the summer heat, was also a great benefit to daughters Pip, 13, and Madeline, 10, who were competitive swimmers. “We had 33 people for lunch; family, friends and some sailors,” recalls Libby. “It was glorious. The kids were in the pool all day having a great time. ” Mindful that he probably wouldn’t get much sleep over the ensuing days, Steve Kulmar slipped quietly away from the Christmas celebrations around mid-afternoon and went to bed.

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