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Favorite sailing book

Its Christmas time and my spouse is asking for my list.

Im looking for ideas on good sailing books. Non fiction maily but quality fiction would still be fun to read.

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Favorite sailing book

I would recommend The Proving Ground and also Red Sky in Mourning, but if you go to the "search" part of this board and plug in "books" it will give you alot of excellent past choices in many categories.
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For nonfiction, try the Nagle Journal. It''s the story (from his journal) of a Revolutionary War soldier who goes to sea on a privateer and gets captured. He ends up in the crew of the British expedition that founds Sydney, among many other fascinaing things. From Chicago University Press, I believe.
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"An Island to Oneself", by Tom Neale.

Wonderful story of a New Zealander who inhabits a remote atoll in the Cook islands.
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Just finished "An Embarrasment of Mangoes."

Non fiction, about a couple from Ontario tha give up their publishing jobs for a two year adventure sailing the Caribbean. I liked it.
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For fiction, anything by Ernest K. Gann. Non-fiction, "Seventy North to Fifty South", by a present day sailor who traced Capt. Cook''s explorations, quoting extensively from Cook''s logs and adding his own comments, clarifications, etc. Printed on heavy simulated parchment - a big, handsome book.
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A few recent sailing favorites - The Riddle of the Compass, Longitude, North to the Night, Fastnet Force Ten, Call of the Ancient Mariner, Evolution''s Captain, and Frenec Mate''s beautifully illustrated "Best Boats", anything about Ernest Shackleton''s voyages, and an old volume of "Peter Freuchin''s Book of the Seven Seas" (can be purchased used at Amazon.com) - reading is such a good way to learn about and admire all things nautical.
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Favorite sailing book

Sailing Around the World Alone, by Joshua Slocum, is the all time classic and a good read.
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Favorite sailing book

You might also check out "Koduku" by Kenichi Horie and "Tinkerbelle" by Robert Manwry (sp?). Both are long out of print, but can be found on ebay or at bookfinder.com.

Heck, while you''re at it, check out "Blown Away" by Herb Payson. Oh, and you''ll definately want to buy "Cruise of the Snark" by Jack London.

Sheesh. No wonder I have so many books.
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Favorite sailing book

''Close to the Wind'' by Pete Goss.

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