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06-15-2010 12:49 PM
Faster "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.
06-15-2010 11:32 AM
SJ34 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.
06-15-2010 10:02 AM
oceanscapt Rough Waters - Clint Willis
The Long Way - Bernard Moitiessier
Coasting - Johnathan Raban
06-15-2010 09:57 AM
jcalvinmarks 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.
06-15-2010 09:46 AM
Zanshin I have a list of those sailing books I have aboard at Sailing Books
04-30-2010 08:31 AM
SoftJazz 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.
04-29-2010 08:33 AM
JomsViking
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
04-29-2010 08:03 AM
kwaltersmi 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.
04-29-2010 02:30 AM
tager
04-29-2010 12:40 AM
sailingdog kimmie-

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.

Welcome to the asylum. What kind of boat do you sail, if any?
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