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Not sure if anyone hit this one on the head,
Bernard Montessier: The Long Way,
Basically his journal from a solo circumnav trip on his ship Joshua (can't figure out how to italicize). Phenomenal read.

I know sneuman agrees (post #12....)

BTW - I think this thread is outstanding!!! Some of the best books I have ever read are from this list. My all-time favorites though are the reccomendations from a fellow Aussie - tdw

The three books from James Bisset: Sail Ho, Tramps & Ladies, and Commodore.

After reading Sail Ho I had to hunt down the other two over a period of months - finally got them though (at a price...) What an incredible read.

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Bisset started his career as a cabin boy on a square rigger, graduated to steam, was second officer of the Carpathia during the Titanic schemozzle, did a couple of stints in the Royal Navy then back to Cunard where he skippered the Queen Mary and the Queen Elizabeth, retiring in 1946 as Commodore of the Cunard Line."
Everytime I think about a bit more creature comfort on a boat I think back to 'Sail Ho' and the conditions experienced not so long ago. If you ever happen to see one of these books at a fleamarket or used book store I would grab it.
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The Long Way: Moistessier
Godforsaken Sea: Derek Lundy
Gypsy Moth Circles the World: Sir Francis Chichester
Second all three.

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How about book "Sailing for Dummies". I could use one.
Check out your friendly neighbourhood book store.

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One more book that is not strictly sailing, but a good narrative about southern BC waters: The Curve of Time, by M. Wylie Blanchett. It was written 50 years ago, but there are still copies kicking around, and some of the local bookstores get re-prints.

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OK - been through all 36 pages and did not see these:

Fiction

Bernard Cornwell: Wildtrack, Stormchild - both "modern" thriller / sailing / mysteries (he also has lots of other sailing series)

Desmond Bagley - The Golden Keel

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Richard Dana "Two Years Before the Mast" Fantastic!
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Just spent my Border's 50% off coupon (today only) on Two Years Before the Mast and Flotsam and Jetsam by Robb White

Two Years was only $6.95 so I couldn't see wasting a half-off coupon on such an inexpensive book. Flotsam and Jetsam was on the shelf near it and looked great. It's a collection of short stories/tales/essays "from those who spent a lifetime messing about in boats" It was $10 with the coupon, and most of the stories are 2-5 pages so it'll be nice for reading a quick one before bed or something.

I'd like to add my +1 for Rounding the Horn -- I got it for free from the local literacy council's table at a Starbucks. Really enjoyed it, then gave it to a non-sailor relative who really liked it.

Adrift - the one about William Willis on his raft -- also a great one. Bought that in Maine on a cruise and had it done before the approach to Baltimore. It was even more magical reading it sitting on the the lowest open deck of the ship looking out at the waves.

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Some of the (fiction) books I have read include, Jimmy Buffet (A salty Pice of Land) and Steve Van Slyke ( Sex, Lies and Spinnakers). Great for thoes quick reads.
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This thread is great. I've never stepped foot on a sailboat but hope to start spring 2011. I've read a bunch of books so far, a dozen maybe, ranging from Maiden Voyage to Slocum's 'Sailing Alone Around the World' to all of Kretschmer's books to 'The Complete Sailor' to 'Twenty Affordable Boats to ...' and on and on. I've got a spreadsheet of books to tackle next thanks to this thread.
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Ditto on Cornwell" "Wildtrack".

If you are a small boat sailor, or a novice sailor, or a Hudson River/ Long Island Sound saillor, I highly recommend this:

Amazon.com: A Splendid Madness: A Man, a Boat, a Love Story (9781574091793): Thomas Froncek: Books

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