638: John Ridgway, Chay Blyth: A Fighting Chance

On June 4, 1966, two young British paratroopers set out from Cape Cod to row across the Atlantic in a twenty-foot open boat. Ninety-two days later they stepped ashore off the coast of Ireland. Here is the account of that voyage, filled with the beauties of nature, fright, and human courage.

“Well, I suppose it did all seem a bit crazy.”

John Ridgway and Chay Blyth “A Fighting Chance: How we rowed the Atlantic in 92 days”. First published in 1966. This book is a second impression and was published by Paul Hamlyn Limited in 1967. Donated to the library by Malcolm Carey from Cornwall, UK ❤️

Photos by Anna Iltnere / Sea Library

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