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Re: What is the best Sailing book you have read?
"Princess" by Joe Richards, a true story written by a commercial artist that bought a languishing old Friendship Sloop in a NYC boatyard the Spring of 1938, somewhat restored her and sailed her south--temporarily interrupted by WWII--over the subsequent 15+ years. Joe was a great, innovative, artist and an insightful amusing author and I was somewhat sad when I finished the book and re-read it until my original 1957 copy completely disintegrated. "Princess", Eric and Susan's book of their voyage on Wanderer III and Robin Lee Graham's story of his voyage around the world, published in installments in the (pre-politicized) National Geographic, engendered my own enthusiasm for sailing. A few years ago I found a copy of Princess bundled together with his subsequent follow-on, "Key Biscayne", published by the David McKay Company in 1973, in a used book store and it now resides on my night table, as interesting and amusing to me now as it was 55 years ago.
If you can find a copy through an on-line used book dealer, it would be worth the effort.
"It is not so much for its beauty that the sea makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from the waves, that so wonderfully renews a weary spirit."