This is an almost pocket sized book of cartoons making fun of some of the mishaps of sailing - or at least those caused by not complying with the collision regulations. The line drawings are mostly of dinghies but the problems and mistakes remain the same.
The author is an American, resident in New York, so I am sure you can all guess what the cartoon covering Bearing off contains! If you struggle to remember all the Col Regs this book would provide an amusing way of revising and remembering them.
Most sailors know of the terrible 1979 Fastnet Race and its horrific storm and the loss of 15 lives. This account is the un-put-downable gripping story of physical and emotional survival of crew member Nick Ward when abandoned on board by escaping crew, with a possible mystery still hanging over the truth. I found it doubly interesting since I’d heard Charles Whittam’s talk on taking part in the Fastnet this year and how, now, crews have to have completed qualifying races and yachts’ equipment is heavily specified and a digital tracker is placed on board that one can access on line during the race, as I’m sure many know.
I think this is a great book for anyone who would like to understand more about their engine, how to keep it going, and to have some chance of restarting it, if its breaks down at some inconvenient moment.
Every aspect of the engine is covered simply and clearly, from engine selection, removal, preparation, mounting and re-installation, including the fuel, cooling and electrical systems. The text is backed up by numerous photographs clearly identifying the various parts and functions of the system.
Graham Hutt undertook a major revision of Islas Baleares in 2005 and in this ninth edition he has ensured it is fully up to date. I say this with some confidence, as I first used the fifth edition of this comprehensive pilot in 1995 and have since found it invaluable sailing to all five of the main Balearic Islands (Ibiza, Formentera, Mallorca, Cabrera and Minorca).
Islas Baleares is a publication of the RCC Pilotage Foundation. The objective of this charity is ‘to advance the education of the public in the science and practice of navigation’ - an objective that is being ‘achieved through the writing and updating of pilot books covering many parts of the world.’
The five Ionian sailing areas are each covered by a chapter, with this edition being extended further South and East than previous editions.
Each chapter is easily accessible and written well, making the day-to-day business of sailing and visiting the various islands and mainland Greece simple.
There are also useful sections on Greece’s history and culture, getting to and from the Ionian and plenty of general sailing information, all easily referenced.
With over 20 more pages and up to 50% more photographs, this 3rd, 2011edition really is 'new'. The photographs, both from the air with tracks shown and from boat level together with a clear narrative makes this another 'must have' for anyone sailing on the east coast between Ramsgate and Lowestoft.
Following the Little Ship Club's lead the authors have appointed Honorary Port Pilots willing to advise visiting yachtsmen, with their mobile phone numbers listed they should be kept busy. Full details of pilotage, plus lots of information about shoreside facilities, answers very nearly any question a visitor could ask.
Sail for a Living by Sue Pelling tells you how to turn a passion for sailing into a whole new lifestyle. Discover the realities of a wide range of marine careers, including the perks and the pitfalls. Benefit from insiders’ experiences and advice. Learn industry secrets and salary details.
No sea voyage, whether long or short, offshore or within sight of land, should go ahead without adequate planning and this book is your perfect companion to help you prepare thoroughly before setting off.
RYA Passage Planning will take you through all you need to know and allow you to work through some examples of different passages. This will show you what you might need to think about on the range of different journeys you may undertake.
Ever wondered what ship became the 'wreck' symbol on the chart? Between Whitby and Berwick and up to 40 miles offshore, this book has the answers. Primarily for divers, it is also for curious mariners and ancestry researchers. Two hundred and eighty six wrecks are described, together with where and how the vessel sank and the names of all crew lost. If I were sailing in those waters, it's a book I'd definitely like to have on board.
Challenging, complex, fascinating, informative are just some of the words to describe this valuable book. If you think you slightly understand the dynamics of the wing-in-the-water and the wing-in-the-air science of sailing boats read this book. It will add significantly to your understanding. Packed with diagrams, graphs and all kinds of illustrations, this is a book for the really serious racers in the Club. GQ
Born in Southern Ireland to single mother in 1942, John Mahon went on to become a steward on some of the largest post-war liners. But as the title hints, life was not a bed of roses. Frequently kept from school and of slight stature, John was orphaned at the age of 11. His foster mother can only be described as a devil; although the very rough life he learnt to live stood him in good stead when he had to earn a living. Initially achieving success as a steward, his alcoholic downfall came from the phrase of the title. Becoming a full alcoholic, John hit rock bottom, and managed to save himself eventually.
This is a very interesting and readable overview of everything you need to think about when embarking on your first Transatlantic circuit. Buchan covers not only the obvious subjects such as choosing and preparing your boat, the best routes to take, and the best timing for these passages, but also a few things that you might not have thought of. For example, have you thought about the best way to handle bureaucracy in the Caribbean? Or have you budgeted landing fees?
Coastal Turmoil attempts to explain the effects of wind, currents, seabed contours, and storm swells on the seas around our coasts and estuaries. It is very well illustrated with photographs and diagrams.
There are some fascinating and not well known facts about waves, including a table of wave lengths and wave speeds in knots which one can find by timing the waves hitting a boat in seconds. Long waves travel faster than short ones, sometimes surprisingly so (One at a period of 20 seconds being 624 metres long and travelling at 61 knots!).