Trimaran solo: the story of Victress' circumnavigation and last voyage. By Nigel Tetley. Published by the Nautical Publishing Company 1970. Hardback with dust jacket. Ex library copy. with one stamp. Light wear throughout. General condition is good..
A native of South Africa, and a Lieutenant-Commander in the Royal Navy, he entered the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, which was the first non-stop, single-handed, round-the-world yacht race. Tetley sailed the Victress, a plywood trimaran that also doubled as his home.
He completed the circumnavigation when he crossed his outgoing track on the evening of 22 April 1969, but at that point he was still 5,000 nautical miles (9,300 km) from finishing the race and claiming the prize for fastest passage. The Victress at this point was slowly disintegrating, but Tetley thought he was being chased by another trimaran piloted by Donald Crowhurst, so instead of nursing his ailing boat along, he continued to sail as hard as he could.[