Tragedy in the North AtlanticeBook - 2007
In this deeply compelling story, journalist John Chipman retraces Thomas's voyage from its beginnings--his boyhood dream of learning to sail with his father and his midlife decision to fulfill that dream with his own son, culminating in the purchase of a sailboat ill-equipped for the journey. And then there is the voyage itself, a heart-stopping and ultimately doomed endeavour. Skilfully interweaving conversations with those whose lives were touched by Thomas, as well as his nephew's first-hand account of the boat's final days, John Chipman tells a story that is both harrowing and heartbreaking.
A page-turning saga from beginning to end, The Obsession is an incisive and memorable portrait of a fatal voyage and of an ordinary man with an extraordinary, and extraordinarily misguided, dream.