A Challenge Too Far?

A personal account of the BT Global Challenge Round the World Yacht Race. One determined woman; a gruelling 10-month race.

Have you ever wanted to find out what it is like to be on a real-life adventure? Well now is your chance. In the year 2000 at a time when most peopleof my age were thinking of winding down I turned into an adventurer pushing  myself to the limits and beyond and then writing about my experiences for you to share.

Do you want to know what it is really like to sail in a Round the World Yacht Race? To live in close proximity with 17 other people for 10 months in extreme circumstances where you cannot get away, where there is no privacy and where your life depends on someone else?

Sailing novice and single parent Rona Cant gave up her job as a secretary to embark on the challenge of a lifetime when she joined the BT Global Challenge Round the World Yacht Race.

Here is her amazing story; from the training, team building and preparations for such a massive undertaking, to the physical and mental challenges she and the team experienced. From the dramatic crash with one of the other yachts in New Zealand which caused severe damage and threatened their chances of completing the race to visits, to moving and sometimes hilarious accounts of profile-raising activities such as visits to Save the Children projects in Buenos Aires and Cape Town, A Challenge Too Far? has it all.

Filled with personal anecdotes of the highs and lows of life above and below decks, it is a triumphant account of how the team overcame all the hardships to achieve a successful circumnavigation of the world.

Foreword by Sir Chay Blyth, CBE, BEM

‘I am delighted to be writing a foreward for Rona Cant who epitomises the very person that the Global Challenge is aimed at – an individual who has the courage to leave the conventions of an ‘ordinary’ life and do something extraordinary! Rona had goals and, from our very first meeting, struck me as a person never to sit back and let the world go by!’

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Martin Condor February 17, 2012 at 10:03 am

I enjoyed reading your book Rona: I think the first “unofficial” account of our race I’ve read so far. I am glad you were very open about everything as this is why the book was so good. As you say the race is about the effect it has on us as individuals (and as a team) and you described that – although your team might have felt criticised. I admire your courage in telling how it was (for you). Next my son wants to read it having read the first couple of chapters over my shoulder!


Peter Wardle February 19, 2012 at 4:56 pm

I’ve just finished your book and would recommend it to anyone, and am already to several- from the stable and level floor of my house I could clearly imagine the concentration and hard work it took just to go to the loo. From someone who thinks it’s normal to pitch a racing car into a corner at 160mph when 161mph will be too fast the thought of months at a bouncy 30 degree angle 24 hours a day relying on a number of other people to maintain their competitive spirit in the face of changing attitudes and constant damp sounds heroic


Jodie Moir March 5, 2012 at 3:38 pm

A damn good book! Just finished your book and thought I’d write and say THANKS! I’m not really a reader and usually fall asleep pretty much after a book’s introduction, not this time!! I don’t think I moved from the spot until I’d finished.


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