Illustrated - The Sailor's Bible since '56 by Patrick M. Royce - ISBN
This wonderful book was loaned to us around Christmas '98, which we
spent together in Trinidad, West Indies, by Canadian sailors Bruce and
Anita Fisher of 'Finnisterre 1' who, unfortunately, sailed away
without retrieving it - we hope to see them again sometime, somewhere,
and return it - they must be very sorry to have lost it.
The copy they
left with us is the 6th Edition, and there have doubtless been other
editions published since.
This excellent reference book is crammed
full of fascinating facts, drawings, ideas and explanations. x is a compact
paperback which is as useful to the experienced sailor as to the
complete beginner. Highly recommended.
This Is SAILING - A
Complete Course by Richard Creagh-Osborne - ISBN 0713633921
Ours is the 3rd Edition, a hardcover copy, published by Adlard
Coles Nautical, in 1992 and purchased as the best book of its'
kind we had seen to date for the purpose of helping novice sailors who
come aboard as guests to get a handle on the whole subject fast. We have
found that it helps them to understand what is happening without having
to repeat ourselves endlessly, reassures them that there is a logic to
the whole process and, we have noticed, helps develop an interest in the
whole subject in those who had only really come along as
really does cover the subject broadly and yet in detail, is lavishly
illustrated in colour and written exceedingly well. As we have always
said, along with many others, if you can sail a dinghy properly you can
If you know an adult who is considering trying the
sport, or want to encourage a youngster to take up sailing and start off
properly, slip a copy of this book under the Christmas tree and, if
there is any possibility of kindling a desire to have a go, this ought
to do the trick.
We can think of far worse hobbies a person could take up at any
age... the price printed on the cover is £14.99
net, a small price to pay for so much education, in our opinion. This Is Sailing is highly
recommended and selling at Amazon for as little as 2.50!
Close To The Wind -
An Extraordinary Tale of Triumph Over Adversity - by Pete Goss ISBN
If you haven't read it already, we highly
recommend this book which we found inspirational, funny, exciting and genuinely
gripping, in which Pete Goss tells the
story of his incredible struggle to fulfill his dream of competing in the round
the world single-handed race, the Vendee Globe.
Pete Goss recounts how he turned his
extraordinary craft 'Aqua Quorum' back, during a major storm in the
Southern Ocean, to rescue competitor Raphael Dinelli from a life
raft dropped to him by the Royal Australian Air Force when his yacht Algimouss
had capsized and sunk 160 miles behind 'Aqua Quorum' two days earlier.
we read was published by Carroll & Graf in New York, in 1999 and Close To The Wind is
available through Amazon.
Sailing Alone Around The World by Captain Joshua Slocum - ISBN
This is the true story of the world's first known circumnavigator by
sea, written by the man himself and published unabridged. The volume is
a tiny paperback, it is the Shambhala Pocket Classics edition and
cost only US$6.95. Small enough to take
on your travels, however you are voyaging, it is a wonderful book.
captain had already read the tale in a larger, unwieldy and salt-water
ruined edition and was delighted to see an old favourite again in a more
Having both enjoyed this classic again, we put it in
a waterproof bag and popped it into our emergency kit - if we are ever
overtaken by misfortune, God forbid, we figure that, with Joshua
Slocum on the team, we will at least find ourselves in the best possible
company out there. Whilst it may be difficult to find the tiny
pocket version of Sailing
Alone Around The World other editions are available through Amazon.
Prefer your books small
enough to tuck away, or carry about for dipping into whenever you've
nothing else to do (on the bus, for example) and interested in rope-work?
Knots and Splices - ISBN 1860193560
We found this a handy little book - it appears to be the only nautical book in the Brockhampton
In spite of a slight slip-up in the 1996 edition
which is the one we have, where a 'Reef' knot shown on pages 19 and 20 actually turns
out to be a draw knot, it is otherwise excellent and includes some
fascinating fish-hook ties and fancy decorative knots as well as all the
practical ones that a sailor should know. There is a good section on splicing too.
Knots and Splices is available through Amazon.
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