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Re: What is the best Sailing book you have read?
Lot's of great suggestions above, some are more reference manuals.
A fascinating story is Robert Manry's Tinkerbelle. It's a quick and easy read. He customized a 13ft wooden boat in his driveway with a cabin he had to curl up to fit within and sailed it across the Atlantic. The crossing made him near celebrity back in the 1960s, although, he never did so for the attention and was surprised by his heroic reception in England. How he learned to sail it, stay awake (or not), passing cargo ships, falling overboard!, provisioning, etc, all interesting stories. You'll spend a long time trying to get inside the head of why one would even attempt this, especially with a wife and kids at home. He was not one of the "have to set a record" guys. He didn't even care if anyone knew.
Once you've finished the book, you must google the epilogue to his crossing. His 15 minutes of unwanted fame and fortune takes a toll on his family. His wife dies, he remarries, then he tragically dies about 5 years later. His kids become homeless living in a park named after their father. His boat is in a museum today. You couldn't make up a story like his.
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