Sailing Stories Season Four // Rachel Slade’s ‘Into the Raging Sea’

10 Dec



Season 4 of Sailing Stories features Into the Raging Sea, the gripping and tragic story of “Thirty-three mariners, one megastorm, and the sinking of EL FARO,written by Rachel Slade.

This is a special season for us, supported by Nanny Cay Marina in the BVI, 59 North’s ‘homeport’ in the Caribbean, and made possible by the enthusiasm of the book’s author, Rachel Slade, and the ‘outside the box’ thinking of her publishers at Harper Collins who agreed to let us run the audio on Sailing Stories.

The season will release Thursday, December 5, with the first three episodes dropping at once, and will continue weekly through the end of January. But you have to follow in real-time! Each episode will ‘disappear’ from the podcast feed ONE WEEK after its release.

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Click here to listen to Andy’s interview with author Rachel Slade on the ON THE WIND podcast.


If you miss out on the story in real-time, or want a perfect Christmas present, click the links below to buy the paperback or hardback copy of the book, or the full audiobook version. Into the Raging Sea will DISAPPEAR from the podcast feed 48 HOURS after each episode’s release.






“The harrowing true story of the sinking of the American container ship El Faro, the crew of thirty-three who perished onboard, and the destructive forces of globalization that put the ship in harm’s way.

On October 1, 2015, Hurricane Joaquin barreled into the Bermuda Triangle and swallowed the container ship El Faro whole, resulting in the worst American shipping disaster in thirty-five years. No one could fathom how a vessel equipped with satellite communications, a sophisticated navigation system, and cutting-edge weather forecasting could suddenly vanish—until now.

Relying on hundreds of exclusive interviews with family members and maritime experts, as well as the words of the crew members themselves—whose conversations were captured by the ship’s data recorder—journalist Rachel Slade unravels the mystery of the sinking of El Faro. As she recounts the final twenty-four hours onboard, Slade vividly depicts the officers’ anguish and fear as they struggled to carry out their captain’s increasingly bizarre commands, which, they knew, would steer them straight into the eye of the storm. Taking a hard look at America’s aging merchant marine fleet, Slade also reveals the truth about modern shipping—a cutthroat industry plagued by razor-thin profits and ever more violent hurricanes fueled by global warming.

A richly reported account of a singular tragedy, Into the Raging Sea takes us into the heart of an age-old American industry, casting new light on the hardworking crew of El Faro who paid the ultimate price in the name of profit.”

This article was syndicated from 59º North Sailing // 59º North Blog


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