This is a good guide, but (with a more insistent editor, perhaps) it could easily have been quite a bit better. It has much sound, practical advice and is written in a down-to-earth, conversational style by an author who has sailed the oceans of the world and has a wealth of experience to share, having anchored a multitude of times – generally, one suspects, in a secluded bay: where is the guidance on anchoring in a river or strong tide? It is copiously illustrated with photos and diagrams; consequently, in what is a short book (100 pages), there is only a modest amount of text. Thus, for example, techniques for anchoring or weighing under sail, perhaps in an emergency, are only scantily sketched out. Moreover, when one most needs a diagram – when the author seeks to describe a ‘swimming line’ in contrast to the more familiar ‘tripping line’ - there is none at all. Further, some of the photos could have been clearer or better set up: why not show the anchor claw and hook in use, under load – instead of with a hank of line merely plonked on deck? And whereas there are numerous pretty pictures of yachts at anchor, I noticed just a single one displaying an anchor ball; but at least the commentary summarises the regulations for ball or anchor light. In short, a book worth dipping into for ideas, but not as full or detailed as I had expected from an Adlard Coles imprint carrying a Cruising Association endorsement. RGW