The Mind of the Sailor
By Noble, Peter and Hogbin, Ros

What makes people so passionate about sailing? What are the personal stories behind famous achievements and tragedies at sea? Why are certain people attracted to extreme sailing challenges and how do they cope?

No matter how well-equipped the boat, or or how well-prepared its skipper and crew, the success or failure of a voyage lies mostly in the mind: an outcome of attitude and will. In The Mind of the Sailor, Peter Noble, a psychiatrist and experienced sailor, and Ros Hogbin, a circumnavigator and writer, analzye the psychological aspects of sailing and life at sea. They examine famous seafaring mysteries and misadventures and interview sailing experts to explore the effects of stress and isolation, crew tensions, and quality of leadership.

The Mind of the Sailor provides intriguing insights on what makes a good skipper and a happy, cohesive crew, and fascinating reinterpretations of notorious sailing tragedies.


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Author Biography

Peter Noble is a psychiatrist and Emeritus Consultant at the Maudsley Hospital and Institute of Psychiatry. He is the author of more than 50 scientific articles and books. He is an avid sailor with 30 years of experience, including multiple Atlantic crossings in his 34-foot sloop Artemis.

Ros Hogbin, a writer and journalist, recently completed a three-year circumnavigation. She has sailed since childhood and has taken part in major ocean races such as the Fastnet Race. She is currently editing The Pacific Crossing Guide.


The Mind of the Sailor
Author(s): Noble, Peter and Hogbin, Ros
ISBN: 0071376135
DOI: 10.1036/0071376135

Format: hardcover, 148 pages.
Pub date: 16 May 2001
Copyright: 2001
$21.95 US
Product Line: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press (McGraw-Hill)

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