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Excellent book, and the boat they went round the Horn in was built up from a bare hull by the two of them.

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I read a book that I believe was titled 'My Old Man and the Sea' that was co-wrote by a father and son. It was about them sailing a small boat around Cape Horn I believe. sorry its been a long time since I read it.

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Excellent book, and the boat they went round the Horn in was built up from a bare hull by the two of them.
Ditto that. Great read. It was a Venture 25, I think.

Another one that is hard to find, being from the first half of the last century, is Northern Lights by Desmond Holdridge. It's about some young guys fresh out of college that take a little wooden schooner, Dolphin, north to explore Newfoundland and Labrador for the summer, long before anybody did such things. They head back a bit too late in the season and....

Well written -- a good winter read. Probably not available for purchase, but possibly at your library.


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Some good suggestions so far.

My $.02

High Endeavours, Miles Clark. The story of Beryl and Miles Smeeton, one of the original cruising couples.

Trekka Around the World, John Guzzwell. Guzzwell sailed a 20' 6" boat around the world in the 50's. He spent some time with the Smeeton's on their boat and survived their infamous pitch pole.

A little Canadian content, eh?

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"Rounding the Horn: Being the Story of Williwaws and Windjammers, Drake, Darwin, Murdered Missionaries and Naked Natives--a Deck's-eye View of Cape Horn" by Dallas Murphy
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Close JRP... but it was a Jack Laurent Giles' designed VERTUE 25, not a VENTURE 25, which is built by MacGregor, but one of their better sailing designs, being a sailboat not a hybrid IIRC... Totally different boats...
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Ditto that. Great read. It was a Venture 25, I think.

Another one that is hard to find, being from the first half of the last century, is Northern Lights by Desmond Holdridge. It's about some young guys fresh out of college that take a little wooden schooner, Dolphin, north to explore Newfoundland and Labrador for the summer, long before anybody did such things. They head back a bit too late in the season and....

Well written -- a good winter read. Probably not available for purchase, but possibly at your library.

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And good book for winter reading is "How to Sail Around the World" And excellent book filled with possible dreams.

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Yes, Hal Roth's old standby classic.
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Can't believe no one mentioned "Around the World Alone" by Joshua Slocum. I've got quite a library of sailing books but this one is still my favorite. I loaned it to my non-sailing mother and grandmother a few months ago and they are still talking about it.

Am now reading "Before the Wind". It's a collection of short stories and an easy read. Also "Master and Commander" is another collection of nautical stories. Mostly from the days when navies faced each other with cannons and kept shooting until someone sank.

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Can't believe no one mentioned "Around the World Alone" by Joshua Slocum. I've got quite a library of sailing books but this one is still my favorite. I loaned it to my non-sailing mother and grandmother a few months ago and they are still talking about it...
I agree. I'm reading it now. It was in my local library. As a matter of fact, there were a dozen similar books there. I'm going to exhaust that supply first before starting to buy on eBay.
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Close JRP... but it was a Jack Laurent Giles' designed VERTUE 25, not a VENTURE 25, which is built by MacGregor, but one of their better sailing designs, being a sailboat not a hybrid IIRC... Totally different boats...
Ah yes, that's it, thanks. I knew it was a Giles design, but botched the name...


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