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Anyone read any good sailing books lately? List them!!!

I just finished "Testing the Waters" by Gordon Price (shanachiebooks.com). It's actually a really good read. Not just about adventures in sailing but a great story about friendship too.

Anyone ever sail the gulf stream? This book takes place sailing the gulf stream and based on the excitement and adventure, I'm really interested in doing that!!! Let me know your thoughts!!!
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there are at least two or three sailing book threads on this forum that i'd recommend you browse.

I'd also recommend you read the POST in my signature to help you get the most out of sailnet.

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I just finished "The Motion of the Ocean" by Janna Cawrse Esarey. It's a decent read from a female perspective. She's a good writer with a good sense of wit and humor. The book is basically about Janna and her husbands sail from Washington state to the South Pacific aboard an HR Rasmus. There's enough sailing in the book to keep it interesting and enough marital/relationship anecdotes to be useful.

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The Simple Sailor

Voyages of a Simple Sailor by Roger D. Taylor.
He's a very interesting character, who has some interesting perspectives on sailing. Highly recommended.

Introduction to the junk-rigged Corribee Mingming

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I'm reading "Saving Sailing" by Nicholas Hayes. Nick Hayes came to one of our local club meetings & gave a great talk & I bought his book. As many of us know, sailing has gone down in recent years, even before the economy tanked. Nick Hayes collected statistics, interviewed people & did a lot of other research to came up with an excellent book that made me want to get even more people out there on the water this spring. He's also got a website, www.savingsailing.com that is worth checking out.

It's a thoughtful, well-written book & I'd highly recommend it to anyone who loves to go out on the water.

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I have a list of those sailing books I have aboard at Sailing Books


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I've been entranced with the Sunday Times Race, so I would recommend A Voyage for Madmen by Peter Nichols. I'm currently reading The Strange Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst by Nicholas Tomlin. I've just started it, and so far it's a little tedious and slow, but I'm sure it will pick up.

From a more historical perspective, I just finished The Last Shot about the Confederate commerce raider CSS Shenandoah, which was the last active combat unit of the American Civil War and the only Confederate ship to circumnavigate the globe. It was a great read. Fascinating to read about the realty covert nature of having to buy, refit, and crew the ship all in a neutral country with Union spies all around.

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And of course you must read "Sailing Around the World Alone" by Joshua Slocum. A good read by a very interesting character. If you didn't know better you would think he was just a crackpot. The first time I read it I went back to the intro several times just to double check his credentials.
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