Picks and Pans Review: Fastnet: One Man's Voyage

updated 07/28/1980 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/28/1980 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Roger Vaughan

The journalist-author was on board the yacht Kialoa during the tragic 1979 Fastnet Race in which a sudden storm in the Irish Sea took 15 lives. The owner of the Kialoa is a wealthy California real estate dealer named Jim Kilroy, and Vaughan's profile of this complex, fascinating man is as gripping as his chronicle of their terrifying adventure. "There are many ways to kill yourself in the name of sport," writes Vaughan. "To win at most sports one must be willing to hang it out, take it to the limit." The one problem with this book is that the author, Norman Mailer-style, keeps referring to himself in the third person as "Fingers." Such a device proves a small but constant irritant in an otherwise compelling piece of reportage. (Seaview, $10.95)

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