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I'm looking for a real life sailing book as a gift for Christmas. Something along the lines of Dove or Maiden Voyage by Tania Aebi. I'm not looking for a how-to book, more like real life adventure, sailing around the world, or quitting your job and sailing the islands. Any suggestions?
 

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North to the night is about spending the whole winte on a sailboat frozen in the ice, Fastnet force 10 about fastnet race tragedy, Endless Sea-circumnavigation of Antarctica with some sort of rig with no shrouds just a mast and a boom that goes through the mast to the jib is anyone could name that rig it would be great. thats all i have right now...My favorite is North to the Night but its majiority of being frozen in the ice.
 

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North to the night is about spending the whole winte on a sailboat frozen in the ice, Fastnet force 10 about fastnet race tragedy, Endless Sea-circumnavigation of Antarctica with some sort of rig with no shrouds just a mast and a boom that goes through the mast to the jib is anyone could name that rig it would be great. thats all i have right now...My favorite is North to the Night but its majiority of being frozen in the ice.
I'm going to order your favorites too Mister W
 

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When you have to read 1000 pages a quarter for school you get a lot of books read these are just a few of my nautical collection but the rest are either commercial fishing or old stories like moby dick. One that just popped into my mind was the Ship and the Storm about a windjammer barefoot cruises tall ship that was mysteriously sunken of the coast of guatemala and the story is about the events leading up to it and how the company was run which is a disgrace.
 

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If you haven't already READ "DESPERATE VOYAGE"! This was recommended to me by CharlieC and it is one of the best reads yet. "Proving Ground" is another great one.
 

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And Fatal Storm about a guy involved in the infamous Fastnet race who was also in the sydney hobart storm.
 

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The Tristan Jones series are a fun read. The stories are related as true but a researcher after Tristan's death wrote a book about how the real story was in some ways more interesting than what was written by Tristan.
Fun escape reads however.

Farley Mowat 'The boat who wouldn't float" Fun read
Jan Groot "No Shoes Allowed" plus other titles is a must read.
 

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A Voyage For Madmen by Peter Nichols. It's the story of the race to be the first solo-non stop circumnavigator. Even if you know nothing about sailing it's a great adventure story that you can't put down.
 

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Last season The Admiral and I started working up to cruising by over-nighting on Abracadabra at her slip. What do you do when it gets dark, you're still wide awake and there's no TV? Well, one thing you can do is read a book. We're both avid readers. I chose Blown Away, by Herb Payson, from our sail club's small library. I found it an enjoyable and fascinating read. It is, btw, exactly a story about quitting your job and cruising the islands :)

Here's the Amazon link: Amazon.com: Blown Away: Herb Payson: Books

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I read a book that I believe was titled 'My Old Man and the Sea' that was co-wrote by a father and son. It was about them sailing a small boat around Cape Horn I believe. sorry its been a long time since I read it.
 

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Excellent book, and the boat they went round the Horn in was built up from a bare hull by the two of them. :)

I read a book that I believe was titled 'My Old Man and the Sea' that was co-wrote by a father and son. It was about them sailing a small boat around Cape Horn I believe. sorry its been a long time since I read it.
 

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Excellent book, and the boat they went round the Horn in was built up from a bare hull by the two of them. :)
Ditto that. Great read. It was a Venture 25, I think.

Another one that is hard to find, being from the first half of the last century, is Northern Lights by Desmond Holdridge. It's about some young guys fresh out of college that take a little wooden schooner, Dolphin, north to explore Newfoundland and Labrador for the summer, long before anybody did such things. They head back a bit too late in the season and....

Well written -- a good winter read. Probably not available for purchase, but possibly at your library.
 

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Some good suggestions so far.

My $.02

High Endeavours, Miles Clark. The story of Beryl and Miles Smeeton, one of the original cruising couples.

Trekka Around the World, John Guzzwell. Guzzwell sailed a 20' 6" boat around the world in the 50's. He spent some time with the Smeeton's on their boat and survived their infamous pitch pole.

A little Canadian content, eh?

Jack
 

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Also check out:

"Rounding the Horn: Being the Story of Williwaws and Windjammers, Drake, Darwin, Murdered Missionaries and Naked Natives--a Deck's-eye View of Cape Horn" by Dallas Murphy
 

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Close JRP... but it was a Jack Laurent Giles' designed VERTUE 25, not a VENTURE 25, which is built by MacGregor, but one of their better sailing designs, being a sailboat not a hybrid IIRC... :) Totally different boats...
Ditto that. Great read. It was a Venture 25, I think.

Another one that is hard to find, being from the first half of the last century, is Northern Lights by Desmond Holdridge. It's about some young guys fresh out of college that take a little wooden schooner, Dolphin, north to explore Newfoundland and Labrador for the summer, long before anybody did such things. They head back a bit too late in the season and....

Well written -- a good winter read. Probably not available for purchase, but possibly at your library.
 

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And good book for winter reading is "How to Sail Around the World" And excellent book filled with possible dreams.
 

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Yes, Hal Roth's old standby classic. :)
And good book for winter reading is "How to Sail Around the World" And excellent book filled with possible dreams.
 

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Can't believe no one mentioned "Around the World Alone" by Joshua Slocum. I've got quite a library of sailing books but this one is still my favorite. I loaned it to my non-sailing mother and grandmother a few months ago and they are still talking about it.

Am now reading "Before the Wind". It's a collection of short stories and an easy read. Also "Master and Commander" is another collection of nautical stories. Mostly from the days when navies faced each other with cannons and kept shooting until someone sank.
 

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Can't believe no one mentioned "Around the World Alone" by Joshua Slocum. I've got quite a library of sailing books but this one is still my favorite. I loaned it to my non-sailing mother and grandmother a few months ago and they are still talking about it...
I agree. I'm reading it now. It was in my local library. As a matter of fact, there were a dozen similar books there. I'm going to exhaust that supply first before starting to buy on eBay.
 

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Close JRP... but it was a Jack Laurent Giles' designed VERTUE 25, not a VENTURE 25, which is built by MacGregor, but one of their better sailing designs, being a sailboat not a hybrid IIRC... :) Totally different boats...
Ah yes, that's it, thanks. I knew it was a Giles design, but botched the name...
 
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