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Coyote Lost at Sea: The Story of Mike Plant, America's Daring Solo Circumnavigator [Format Kindle]

Julia Plant
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"Solo sailor, racer, outlier, and winner of the 1986-87 singlehanded BOC round-the-world race, Mike Plant was the definition of the fearless, talented, and popular American underdog. In a sport dominated by Europeans, Plant planned to attack the 1992 Vendee Globe race (formerly BOC Challenge) with his state-of-the-art, 60-foot sloop, Coyote, but Plant never arrived in France for the race start. In Coyote Lost at Sea: The Story of Mike Plant, America’s Daring Solo Circumnavigator, Plant’s younger sister, Julia Plant, uses research, personal accounts, and Coast Guard reports to investigate the mystery of the Coyote, lost at sea. She recounts his younger years, his development as a sailor, earlier races, and dreams for the future. With tough love, she addresses Mike Plant’s darker side, and explores the idea that often the storm within is what keeps you alive during the storm at sea." (Practical Sailor 2013-07-09)

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"Mike's final 12 days at sea . . . remain a testimony to his almost superhuman ability to drive one of the fastest sailing boats ever built, in extreme conditions, and survive for as long as he did. When the boat was found, it proved that, despite everything, Mike had kept Coyote on course. Or maybe Coyote had kept them both on course, as long as she was able." -- Julia Plant

Coyote Lost at Sea is the story of Mike Plant, one of the most exciting and daring round-the-world solo sailors of his time. Mike's untamed courage and charismatic personality naturally drew fans and admirers who wondered what kind of risk he would take next. His younger sister, Julia Plant, had been one of those admirers until Mike's flame burned too brightly and she needed to find her own way.

This distant, yet ultimate, love for her brother makes Julia the perfect one to tell his story. She reveals a vivid, raw version of her brother--a boy who spent most of his teen years and twenties getting in trouble with the law, but who later grew up to be a sailing living legend. Her insight into his personality and what made him so fearless helps us understand why Mike would take such a gamble with a boat like Coyote. Her research and interviews with Mike's friends, fellow competitors, and sailing experts paints a clearer picture of Mike's last days with the controversial Coyote, a mystery that has intrigued the world of sailing for two decades.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Thrilling and compelling... 11 avril 2013
Par Irina
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I've just finished reading "Coyote lost at sea". I loved it! Very compelling and thrilling at the same time... Despite knowing the fatal issue, I couldn't get off reading, Mike's life being so "on the edge", I always wanted to know what would happen next and how he - and his family- would face the most often tricky and dangerous situations. He's definitely a hero, the new "Indiana Jones" as we called him here in France. Amazing how he was trying to achieve something always more challenging...
Reading the chapter about the first Vendée Globe was especially moving, as I've had the great luck to be there with Mike's parents. My brief encouter with Mike before he got on board was a great moment, we all knew this race was very special.
"Coyote" is a very well-written book, I will re-read it again sometimes later... It should be translated into French as sailors are national heroes here. Sure Mike's competitors and sailing fans would love to read this story...
And happy to know that Mike's spirit is still living through the fund his parents set up.
Great Job Julia !
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Solo circumnavigation is not for the faint-hearted... 30 avril 2013
Par BowedBookshelf - Publié sur Amazon.com
"People say you go out there to beat the ocean, like some macho thing. You don't beat anything, you just live with it. It's a rhythm."

Mike Plant died crossing the Atlantic in November of 1992 on a new racing yacht commissioned to compete in the Vendée Globe Challenge, a race of solo circumnavigation of the world. The race was a relatively new one in which the participants leave from France and essentially circle Antarctica, no stops allowed. Plant had done it before, in 1989-90, but this time he'd intended to win. He was a fierce competitor and a man who presented a face of unshakeable, and perhaps unwarranted, confidence to the world. But he answered to the "the sun, the rain, and the wind."

The story of prior races and the creation of Coyote, the 60-foot single-hulled sailing vessel Plant commissioned for speed is riveting and revealing. Despite our imagining the sometimes grim realities of solo sailing around the world in the cold weather of the southern seas, we are not likely to be prepared for the difficulties of designing and building a completely new-style racing vessel in a matter of months. In cringe-producing detail Julia Plant describes and underscores these difficulties and shows us how it might be possible for a new racing ship to break apart in heavy seas.

Undaunted by the difficulties of attempting to design a completely new racing vessel from scratch with little funding, Mike Plant went with his instincts. He wanted to beat the French, who were leaders in this type of sailing, and who designed ships that often sacrificed safety for speed. The only requirement was that the boat be 60 feet or less in length and monohull. So he helped design Coyote, described here by sailing journalist Herb McCormick:
Coyote was an extreme design with exaggerated dimensions. At 60 feet overall, she sported a plumb bow, a startling-looking 19-foot beam, and twin rudders. Her hull was a broad, Airex-cored, shallow dish with a displacement of only 21,500 pounds--5,000 pounds lighter than Duracell [an earlier boat].With upwind and downwind sail areas of 2,600 and 4,700 square feet respectively, she carried an impressive power plant...It was a ton of sail even for an experienced solo sailor."

This was the thing: Mike Plant wasn't all that experienced a solo sailor, at least at distances like these. The only way to get experience at solo circumnavigation, however, is to do it. He'd done it a three times before, but really, he was just confident of his ability to troubleshoot his way out of difficulties. And he usually succeeded.

Mike Plant grew up in Minnesota along the banks of Lake Minnetonka, near Minneapolis. He was competitive and physically gifted from an early age, leading him to accept challenges good sense might have rejected. Julia Plant characterizes her older brother Mike as special in many ways, but especially in his outsized appetite for adventures of his own making. He was considered a troublemaker early on and battled alcohol addiction his whole life. But he seemed to find his passion in battling the elements on the ocean, where in his thirties he took to ocean racing, specifically solo circumnavigation.

His career was short. Five years later, he was dead.

Julia Plant takes some time at the beginning of this book to share her early reminiscences of Mike, three years her senior. In retrospect this section is helpful to give one a fuller picture of the man, and how his decision-making process worked. No one could possibly dispute his courage and drive, considering his willingness to take on such an adventure. We might question his preparedness. None of us can know everything, and certainly hindsight gives us insights Mike couldn't possibly have had. In the end, we must simply take the man for what he dared to do.

"It's [solo circumnavigation] sort of like driving around Canada in the winter for 30,000 miles naked. If your car stops, you freeze to death."
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Coyote Lost at Sea 11 avril 2013
Par Polly Grose - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Julia Plant has written a riveting book of her brother Michael's life, their adventurous formative years,and his discovery of a passion to race sailboats around the world.

The story encompasses the globe, written with vibrancy and detail, compelling from one chapter to the next.I simply could not put it down.

Julia is bravely honest,as a true writer must be, and she earns my 100% respect for her remarkable book.

by Polly Grose
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A story we will talk about forever 15 avril 2013
Par Wever Weed - Publié sur Amazon.com
When a younger sister sets out to write the biography of her brother whose whole life burned like an incandescent flare, she begins at his end in the North Atlantic, making us wonder: Why should we care about someone who races around the world on sailboats and then goes and gets himself lost at sea?

Then Julia Plant takes us back to the early days of her family on a midwest lake where 11 year old Mike Plant built and sank his first boat. From there she details with the truthfulness and insight that only a sibling can provide how her brother's emerging pattern of disturbance challenged the bonds and routines of family, friends, schools and community.

Each chapter of Coyote Lost at Sea challenges our sensibilities.

In the writing style of a really good adventure novel, Julia Plant helps us along on Mike's unbelievable-if-it-were-not-true journey: walking through South America; sailing across the Aegean Sea; running overland from Greek law; and then, just before the first of his three solo, around the world races, sitting in a Portuguese prison.

Mike Plant's unsettling life and high expectations of himself makes us wonder. Throughout the book, often in his own words, we are inspired to believe in the impossible or at least to elevate those expectations we have of ourselves. By the end, we begin to believe a bit more in our own dreams.

This is a story about why we are drawn to a life we know we can never live but will talk about forever.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The power of the sea 11 avril 2013
Par Barbara - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
This is the riveting account of a troubled youth who, despite a privileged upbringing in a boisterous, athletic and accomplished, if sometimes clashing family, flailed dangerously about for decades until, almost middle aged, he found his calling as a sailor. Told in the forthright voice of his younger sister, who witnessed his darker side, but was drawn against her better judgment toward his reckless charisma, it is a story of redemption and an homage to the power of the sea, both physically and spiritually.

Ignoring or even welcoming the enormous odds against joining the elite fraternity of solo global racers, and with no real experience other than recreational sailing on his hometown lake, Mike Plant built his own boat to specifications that would withstand the unimaginable tumult of the strongest and most unpredictable seas of his first solo global voyage. His own journals preserve the harrowing but also exhilarating battles with the oceans he came to respect and love.

Along the way, the author provides clear and fascinating information on the details of sailing and its world. We get tantalizing glimpses into idyllic 1950s and 60s suburban Minneapolis, with its sailboats gliding on Lake Minnetonka in the shimmering summer light--a world Mike Plant both needed and rejected. She describes the hardscrabble, risk-filled trip her brother made alone to the remotest outposts in South America, setting himself up for his later solitary sea voyages. The bucolic, but drug-tinged ex-pat life they both entered in the Greek Islands in the 1970s fueled the growing kinship with boats and seduction by churning seas that soon took complete hold of him, ultimately making him an idol to the sailing community before and after his disappearance in a storm during a transatlantic trial crossing for what should have been another triumphant circumnavigation .
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A personal look at a legendary solo sailor 11 juin 2013
Par K. Rollins - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
The strength of Coyote Lost at Sea is also its weakness. Julia Plant, the author, wrote the book about her brother, Mike Plant, with whom she was very close when they were growing up. Thus, the book provides extensive detail on Mike's youth, including his ferocious competitive nature, especially in hockey, and his penchant for getting into trouble. This trouble escalated as he got older, leading to a wild escape from a drug-smuggling charge when he was sailing between Greece and Turkey. At this point, for her own protection, Julia Plant starts to separate herself from her wild brother.

The problem for the reader is that's the moment when her brother finds the one thing he really excels at: long-distance solo sailing. He morphs into someone else, a man driven to compete in a world-class sailing event against far better funded rivals. He builds his first boat, Airco, himself, and takes it across the Atlantic, solo. He wrote, "I've never had such a high. Everything was glowing. I was so happy with the boat, myself, and everybody who was involved. For me, it was the triumph of my life. I've never experienced such pride in anything. I had such a feeling of purpose and direction - it's important that I remember this." Shortly after, he was imprisoned in Portugal on the outstanding drug smuggling charge in Greece, but once he got out, he entered the BOC round-the-world sailing race, despite knowing that he might be arrested when he stopped in South Africa.

At this point, his sister, the author, decides to sever her connection with her brother. She doesn't join the family members seeing him off on his first single-handed sailing race around the world, in 1986, but Mike winds up winning his class. So a new person is born, at least in the eyes of the international sailing community, and his stature grows to legendary over his brief five-year career as a solo long-distance sailor. French newspapers call him "Indiana Jones" and refer to him as "Top Gun." He's the handsome, charismatic hero.

Perhaps neither Julia's view nor the heady press of his racing days provides the whole picture of Mike Plant. That's why his story is so appealing. He found a kind of happiness or peace at sea, by himself. He wrote "The power and the absolute beauty you experience is unbelievable. You feel the immensity and insignificance of our existence at the same time. I believe the soul is made from a million things, and in this case, one mistake and you would be reduced to a million specks of phosphorescence."

Indeed, a mistake, or a series of mistakes, proved fatal for Mike Plant, but that danger was always present. He knew that, had seen other capable sailors die in these races. Yet his story is more than a loss, certainly more than his death. It's about finding life, which for Mike Plant meant flying along the edge of the wild sea.
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