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Carrying over from the whale topic In the Heart of the Sea tells the story of a young boy from Nantucket who sails on the Essex on its last voyage and tells the story of survival probably my 2nd favorite.

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Yes, the doomed whaling ship Essex was likely the inspiration for Moby Dick.
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Carrying over from the whale topic In the Heart of the Sea tells the story of a young boy from Nantucket who sails on the Essex on its last voyage and tells the story of survival probably my 2nd favorite.

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I recommend a couple by William F. Buckley: Airborne and Racing Through Paradise. Neither is still in print, but I found mine through Amazon.com. The first covers an Atantic crossing and the second a Pacific crossing.

The books are a good read, amusing and provide insights into his personal life and family relationships. He was an avid sailor and an amazing man even if you didn't agree with his politics.

These are on my read more than once list.

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"Two Years Before The Mast" by Richard Henry Dana (got it from iTunes store - the ultimate in lazy...)

"The Lonely Sea and the Sky" and "Gipsy Moth Circles the World" by Sir Francis Chichester who was first around West to East with one stop of which "A Voyage..." speaks.

"Cape Horn: The Logical Route" by Bernard Moitessier. About his honeymoon onboard Joshua which he later entered in the first solo round the world race (and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston won as Moitessier abandoned the race after closing the circumnavigation and eventually ended up in Tahiti).

"A World of My Own" by said Sir Robin, his account of the first non-stop race.

Lots of Europeans on my list and excepting Dana, no Americans...any good recommendations I may have missed? Slocum, Twain, London...yes, but anything since, say, 1950?
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All good suggestions, but for something a little bit different, the British dvd "DEEP WATER", a documentary about Donald Crowhurst and his failed attempt to win the first around the world race solo and nonstop. Also on the disc, interviews with other competitors, Robin Knox Johnson, Chay Blythe, Commander Bill King, the late Bernard Moitessier's widow, the Crowhurst family as well as journalists who were involved and promoted the race originally. All true and very moving, especially enjoyed the interviews with some of my heroes from the 60's. HMV in Canada didn't know what it was, but Amazon has it.
Also there is a "sticky" on this forum "recommended reading" with hundreds of other ideas.
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The Long Way, by Bernard Moitessier

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I second Valiente's nominatoin of The Long Way by Moitessier. I posted earlier that A Voyage for Madmen was a good read. The Long Way is about the same race told from the point of view of one of the racers. Both books are great ... but very different. I'd recommend reading A Voage for Madmen first because it gives the big picture.
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For the women

First Lady, Kay Cottee - The first woman to sail single-handed, non-stop, unassisted around the world. Excellent read.

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Here's a few I've read recently and can recommend:

"At the Mercy of the Sea" by J. Kretschmer - The true story of a hurricane in the Caribbean that doomer three small sailing vessels.

"Blue Latittudes" by Tony Horwitcz - An excellent account of the voyages of Captain Cook.

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The best book out there for real sailors is Heavy Weather Sailing by Adlard Coles...it is a real classic and a good guide to heavy weather tactics...
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