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04-08-2016 08:36 AM
Re: Recommended Reading

I just started reading this and I like it a lot: Sailing into Sunshine, by Peter Hancock. The author sailed a Contessa 26 all over the place, and the book starts with his landfall in the Caribbean. It's full of sentences like: "In search of a dentist I bussed to the city of St. John's, along with an enormous policewoman and two visitors from Illinois. The policewoman's shirt was stretched so very tightly across her bosom that, while surging down the aisle as we cornered, her frontage lurched sideways like two spinnakers on the gybe."
02-28-2016 07:16 PM
Re: Recommended Reading

Thanks JD. Great offerings. tjs
02-28-2016 04:51 PM
Re: Recommended Reading

55 pages. Oh my. and while in those 55 pages most of the classics and many recent good reads were listed, I saw no mention of Rockwell Kent's books:
Voyages South of Straits of Magellen
N by E

Nor any of Arthur Pivers poorly punctuated but infectious and influential:
Trans Pacific Trimaran
Trans Atlantic Trimaran
Trimaran Third Book

Or Jim Brown's "Searunner Construction Manual"

Or James "Wharram's Two Girls - Two Catamarans"

And only the briefest mention of Eric and Susan Hiscock.

These fed the dreams of a lot of budding sailors.

And for an incredible story:
Jennifer Niven's "The Ice Master".

I'll also put in a pitch for any old copies of Nautical Quarterly.

02-28-2016 01:10 AM
Re: Recommended Reading

My Old Man and the Sea by David and Daniel Hays.
10-28-2015 06:44 PM
Re: Recommended Reading

Just finished The Tale of Shoot the Moon, by David Swingle. Smooth, easy read about a guy who fled the law and sailed down the west coast of Mexico. It's his biography that depicts cruising life. I started it so felt compelled to finish it. Not particularly exciting or insightful, just a vanilla cruising story. I wouldn't recommend it unless you had nothing else to read. The one thing I was interested in knowing he didn't get into: what did he do to have to flee? He said he was falsely accused of a drug possession charge and was coerced by his attorney to take a plea. I guess he violate his probation, but claims to be persecuted by a corrupt justice system. He leaves his son behind and states he will never see him again. I didn't have a lot of sympathy for him after reading that, but maybe his reasons would have changed my mind.
09-20-2015 02:20 PM
Re: Recommended Reading

Pardon me if this book has been mentioned, but The Sailing Dictionary from Sail magazine is a good quick reference. I have the 2nd edition--I'm sure there have been updates--but it occupies an honored place atop my commode and is read...mmmm, at least once a day. tom
09-20-2015 02:20 AM
Re: Recommended Reading

My favorite sailing book. THE LONG WAY by Bernard Moitessier. I learn something new every time I read it.
09-17-2015 03:41 PM
Peter Janker
Re: Recommended Reading

Highly recommend the book Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the US Navy. Great read and the stories are almost too good to be real. A story that illustrates our Nations nautical history and may make some of us reflect on why we let our leaders create laws that have destroyed our traditions of a sea going nation.

06-14-2015 10:28 PM
Re: Recommended Reading

"Small Boat to Freedom: A Journey of Conscience to a New Life in America (2004)"
John Vigor

I thought this would be more political and less sailing.. it was less political, a good share of sailing and dealing with crew/family. I liked how there was the sailing thing, you don't think about as sailing... Passports, sneaking Krugerrand out of the country and finding a place to exchange them... or dealing with the coast guard. It was one of the better books I have read in the last couple years
05-31-2015 01:04 PM
Re: Recommended Reading

Originally Posted by Dwag View Post
Hi -

I have a book to recommend: mine! Life #6 is the story of a sailboat trip that went very wrong. It happened to me when I was young and stupid, and I have -- 35 years later -- turned it into a novel. The sailing stuff in the book is as it happened. Everything that could go wrong did go wrong on a November trip from Newport, RI to Bermuda. We never made it to Bermuda. Thank goodness for the Coast Guard!

Sorry to toot my own horn - but I can't help it.

Life #6 by Diana Wagman | 9781632460059 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble

shouldn't you toot your bosun whistle
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