By: Nicholas Tomalin and Ron Hall
Location:NF 920 TOM
Genre: True story of deceit and sail racing
Now a major motion picture starring Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz, directed by James Marsh (The Theory of Everything).
Crowhurst proves that highly intelligent (and brave) men can make many
bad decisions, leading to ultimate failure. This brings into question:
what really is intelligence? The Strange Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst
is a fascinating account of his last voyage. Taking part in the global
race was not enough for him. Deceit and ramblings about disembodied
intelligence are consequences of his vanity. Nevertheless, all
fascinating stuff. A very interesting but deeply flawed man. The best
decision would have been to wait the following year to embark on the
race but to Donald Crowhurst, hesitation was minus time and action plus
time. Neither he nor the boat was ready. There are many lessons in this
In 1968, Donald
Crowhurst was trying to market a nautical navigation device he had
developed, and saw the Sunday Times Golden Globe round the world sailing
race as the perfect opportunity to showcase his product.
knew that he wasn't an experienced deep-water sailor. His progress was
so slow that he decided to short-cut the journey, while falsifying his
location through radio messages from his supposed course.
following the race thought that he was winning, and a hero's welcome
awaited him at home in Britain. But on 10 July 1968, eight months after
he set off, his wife was told that his boat had been discovered drifting
in mid-Atlantic. Crowhurst was missing, assumed drowned, and there was
much speculation that this was one of the great mysteries of the sea.
this masterpiece of investigative journalism, Nicholas Tomalin and Ron
Hall reconstruct one of the greatest hoaxes of our time. From in-depth
interviews with Crowhurst's family and friends and telling excerpts from
his logbooks, Tomalin and Hall develop a tale of tragic self-delusion
and public deception, a haunting portrait of a complex, deeply troubled
man and his journey into the heart of darkness.