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Team Spirit - Life and leadership on one of the world's toughest yacht races by Brendan Hall

 Team Spirit - Life and leadership on one of the world's toughest yacht races by Brendan Hall

About Team Spirit

Team Spirit is a gripping account of a race on the edge, and a young skipper's determined journey to victory. The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is the ultimate long distance challenge - a 35,000-mile circumnavigation of the globe, contested by amateur crews in identical racing yachts - and the winners are those who keep their focus the longest.

The 2010 winner was 28-year-old Brendan Hall and his crew in Spirit of Australia. Although Brendan was the youngest and least experienced skipper in the race, the win was no accident - it was the culmination of years of training, skilled navigation and a leadership style way beyond his years.

His leadership skills were soon put to the test - in the middle of a North Pacific hurricane, Brendan went to the rescue of an injured skipper on a competing yacht and skippered both boats across one of the most feared oceans in the world. Brendan's brutally honest, no-holds-barred account is revealing and instructive, with valuable lessons in leadership and management - as well as never giving up. Thrown in quite literally at the deep end, he is pushed to the limit, and learns lessons you can only learn the hard way.

Reviews

“This adventure is a gripping read for the armchair sailor, non-sailor, any skipper - and, for that matter, business leader. Honest, insightful, informative and underlined by the fact that, as a team, they won. Bravo.” – Pete Goss,

“My personal exposure to extreme challenges and an unforgiving, competitive environment is limited to dry land and motor racing; building the Formula One team that became Honda GP, Brawn GP and now Mercedes GP, so I was exposed to the meticulous planning, the careful people management, pure hard work and the extreme stresses involved in trying to accomplish big tasks.

Brendan forced himself through an incredible adventure intended to test himself as both skipper and a leader. When the pressure increased, his instincts, training, attitude and clear thought kicked in. It doesn't surprise me that he was able to keep his crew motivated and bring his yacht home in first place.

In this book, Brendan demonstrates that he is not just able to learn wisdom from others, but also pioneer many solutions that can readily be applied to business scenarios and has been able to record these in a compelling and exciting manner.” – Adrian Reynard, Founder of Reynard Racing Cars,

“A gripping account” – Yachting Life

“Brendan's brutally honest, no-holds-barred account is revealing and instructive, with valuable lessons in leadership and management - as well as never giving up.” – Yachting Life

“I couldn't put it down!” – www.sailers.co.uk

“...this account of the 2009-2010 Clipper is a winning narrative of ordinary folk thrown in at the deep end of a 35,000-mile contest.” – Yachting Monthly

“Raw, gripping and brutally honest, Hall reveals how he learned as much from his mistakes as his successes” – Economia

Published: 21-06-2012
Format: Hardback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 240
ISBN: 9781408157503
Imprint: Adlard Coles
Illustrations: Colour photo section
Dimensions: 153 x 234 mm

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