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Sailing book

I'm looking for a good sailing book. I don't want anything make believe or something that is all facts and directions on how to do what they are doing.

I'm just looking for an interesting read of travels around the world on a sail boat.

I bought and really enjoyed watching the video of Jesse Martin and that really got me excited just watching it so I'm looking for something like that. I'm only 19 so maybe something from someone young might be what I'm looking for.

Thanks in advance for an help you guys can give me

-Thad
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Lists of many types of books here:

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Try this, I hear its great:
"Trekka Round the World"
Many sailors are already familiar with John Guzzwell's classic tale of circumnavigation aboard his 20-foot yawl, Trekka. This wonderful tale by a talented, yet unassuming, young man is quite possibly the best book written about circumnavigating in the 1950s.
enjoy the read!
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You can't go wrong with Joshua Slocum's "Sailing Along Around the World".

And I enjoy Hal Roth's books, especially his "Seafaring Trilogy". The third story, "the Longest Race", is a great account of the first solo non-stop race around the world in a small sailboat.

There are many others, but these will get you started.
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I have never sifted through that other thread, so apologies if these are redundant, but to get started you might consider:

Two Years Before the Mast (Richard Henry Dana)
Narrative of the Wreck of the Whale Ship Essex (Owen Chase)
Voyage of the Liberdade (Joshua SLocum)
Sailing Alone Around the World (Joshua Slocum)
The Last Grain Race (Eric Newby)
Northern Lights (Desmond Holdridge)
Wandering Under Sail (Eric Hiscock)
Voyaging Under Sail (Eric Hiscock)
Vagabonding Under Sail (W.I.B. Crealock)
Dove (Robin Lee Graham)
Fastnet Force 10 (John Rousmaniere)
Maiden Voyage (Tanya Aebie sp?)

Plenty of others to pick from too.

Edit: P.S. Dana, Chase, Newby, Holdridge, Crealock, Graham, and Tanya Aebie were either not much older or somewhat younger than you when they undertook the voyages they wrote about.

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I'm looking for a good sailing book. I don't want anything make believe or something that is all facts and directions on how to do what they are doing.

I'm just looking for an interesting read of travels around the world on a sail boat.

I bought and really enjoyed watching the video of Jesse Martin and that really got me excited just watching it so I'm looking for something like that. I'm only 19 so maybe something from someone young might be what I'm looking for.

Thanks in advance for an help you guys can give me

-Thad
The first book I ever read involving sailing was "Dove" about a 16 year old who completed a circumnavigation back in the 60s. It was the book that inspired me to go and buy a beat up old centerboard (don't even remember the make), patch the hole it had and teach myself to sail. I was about 17 at the time.
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I'd read maiden voyage by tanya aebi. around theworld at 19 in a small boat with NO prior offshore experience! Great tale.
Take a look here:
http://www.amazon.com/Maiden-Voyage-.../dp/0345410122
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I'd read maiden voyage by tanya aebi. around theworld at 19 in a small boat with NO prior offshore experience! Great tale.
Take a look here:
http://www.amazon.com/Maiden-Voyage-.../dp/0345410122
Dammit! Now I have to stop at the bookstore on the way home today. As if I don't have enough unread books already. Thanks a lot!
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Thad,
I was around your age when I read Robert Manry’s book Tinkerbelle. It is the story of how he sailed to England from Massachusetts on a thirteen and a half foot Old Town sailboat that he modified for the trip. I read everything I could find on sailing and yacht design when I was young but his book is probably the single greatest reason that I made my first solo sail to England in a twenty-two foot Sea Sprite when I was twenty-one. In retrospect it isn’t the greatest sea story but at the time it captured my imagination and started me out on what became a long list of trips in small boats.
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Alvah Simon's North to the Night
John Kretschmer's Flirting with Mermaids
Webb Chiles' A Single Wave and Return to the Sea
Elliot Merrick's Cruising At Last
Anthony Bailey's The Coast of Summer

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Believe that Tania had some off-shore sailing experience at that point as a passenger on sailboats with her father...but did not actually know how to sail at that point in time.
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