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"Voyage" by Stirling Hayden (yes, the 'actor') is a great fictional read about the last days of the clipper ships. His autobiographical "Wanderer" is another interesting read if you don't mind the "I" factor that is part of most autobiographies. IIRC it's said that he joined the communist party and purchased a yacht virtually on the same day....quite a character.
For light sailing fiction/crime drama, several books by Bernard Cornwell come to mind as well.
Some of Claire Francis' novels contain good sailing sequences.
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)