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2 Days Ago 04:55 PM
killarney_sailor
Re: What is the best Sailing book you have read?

They have been mentioned before but I really liked.

Fiction: Riddle of the Sands and Sterling Hayden's books (I guess he wrote both types)

Non-fiction: Nothing like Cornell's planning book. It was neat to read it and dream about where we might go some day. Even more wonderful when we were actually making plans (did it an ocean at a time which meant we had previous experiences to learn on)

Non-fiction --> Fiction - Tristan Jones stuff is good no matter what.
2 Days Ago 04:50 PM
MI248
Re: What is the best Sailing book you have read?

I like learning about the challenges of sailing in the early days of navigating around the world. Captain Cook's actual diary and modern book about Cook called "Blue Latitudes" was interesting.
2 Days Ago 04:16 PM
drosymor
Re: What is the best Sailing book you have read?

As a kid, I loved Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazon series. My particular favorite was 'We didn't mean to go sea'.
2 Days Ago 11:26 AM
MI248
Re: What is the best Sailing book you have read?

I'll add CS Forester's Hornblower series to the list.

Interesting that it took 71 posts before Patrick O'Brian gets a mention.

Sorry if I missed an earlier posting with these classics
10-18-2014 03:37 PM
J_Reid
Re: What is the best Sailing book you have read?

I'm currently reading "Sea Trials" by Bourke...great book, but hitting painfully too close to home for me at times.

Sea Trials: A Lone Sailor's Race Toward Home: Peter Bourke: 9780071821926: Books - Amazon.ca Sea Trials: A Lone Sailor's Race Toward Home: Peter Bourke: 9780071821926: Books - Amazon.ca


10-16-2014 09:17 PM
Aquarian
Re: What is the best Sailing book you have read?

Motion of the Ocean by Janna Cawrse Esarey is a hilarious true tale of newlyweds on a honeymoon trip around the globe.

Berserk by David Mercy is the true story of Jar Andhoy, and David Mercer sailing an Albin Vega to Antarctica in search of the South Pole. This story will keep you on the edge of your settee. Lots of excitement and well written.
10-16-2014 08:26 PM
Multihullgirl
Re: What is the best Sailing book you have read?

True or not, I've enjoyed Tristan Jones' books
Early/first edition of Adlard Coles' HEAVY WEATHER SAILING
Alan Villiers' books are good
Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series
Steven Callahan, ADRIFT
Thor Heyerdahl's books
Sebastian Junger, THE PERFECT STORM
Linda Greenlaw, THE HUNGRY OCEAN; THE LOBSTER CHRONICLES
10-16-2014 08:03 PM
SVAuspicious
Re: What is the best Sailing book you have read?

Quote:
Originally Posted by T37Chef View Post
Currently this one, World Cruising Routes by Cornell World Cruising Routes (7th revised edition) by Jimmy Cornell
New things are great aren't they?

As Shawn knows I helped Jimmy during the boat show, where he got his copy. I have a whole bunch of copies of World Cruising Routes and Ocean Atlas at boat show prices ($50 and $75 respectively) for anyone that can meet me in the Annapolis area for a hand-off. Any not sold all get shipped back in mid-December.

Disclaimer - Jimmy and I split the proceeds. Jimmy makes more than he gets if you buy from Amazon.
10-16-2014 07:30 PM
T37Chef
Re: What is the best Sailing book you have read?

Currently this one, World Cruising Routes by Cornell World Cruising Routes (7th revised edition) by Jimmy Cornell

Fiction, I like SAIL by James Peterson, until about the last chapter, then it got a little silly
10-15-2014 09:54 PM
Raider Curt
Re: What is the best Sailing book you have read?

A Storm Too Soon
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