Stress-free Sailing

Single and Short-handed Techniques
Author: Duncan Wells
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1472919750
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 160
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The vast majority of sailing yacht scenarios comprise a couple sailing the boat together, and needing to carry out all manoeuvres and activities themselves with no help from a back-up crew. Their boat handling, navigation, sail handling, anchoring and mooring skills all have to be carried out both efficiently and effectively, preferably with the minimum of physical effort (to conserve energy). But most sailing technique books assume a crew of 3 or 4, all willing to lend a hand. This book is therefore a first, addressing the most common sailing scenarios that anyone cruising will have to deal with, and providing clever, original, highly effective (and most importantly successfully tried and tested by the author) techniques and solutions for dealing with the huge variety of essential operations on a boat – from sail setting and reefing, to picking up mooring buoys in a variety of wind and tide situations, anchoring, berthing and leaving a pontoon shorthanded, picking up a man overboard, sailing in fog and heavy weather – and even going up the mast. This book will be a godsend to anyone sailing single or shorthanded – including couples with young children who need to be supervised by one parent whilst the other runs the boat. Organised into techniques for different cruising scenarios, the book features step by step sequential photos showing exactly how to approach each situation and carry out the task in hand.

Taleisin's Tales


Author: Lin Pardey,Lin and Larry Pardey
Publisher: Lin and Larry Pardey
ISBN: 1929214200
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: N.A
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Including stories from paradise and hard-won lessons inseamanship, Taleisin’s Tales reflects back to the first milesLin and Larry gained together on their second cruising boat – one they built lovingly with teak carvel planking over sawn black locust frames. The story takes the reader from launching and sea trials through those initial cautious 1000 coastal miles between California and the Sea of Cortez, discussing everything from sail handling to dinghy racing to the relative luxuries of bicycles and a custombuilt sitztub to encounters, both pleasant and surprising, with sailors and locals along the Baja peninsula. Then it launches the reader across the Pacific on Taleisin’s first offshore leg to French Polynesia, through the Cook Islands and Tonga, then on to New Zealand. In the style readers have come to know through the Pardeys’ ever popular Cruising in Seraffyn series and Lin’s award winning Bull Canyon, this book relates stories sometimes harrowing, sometimes cautionary, sometimes hilarious – and often heart-warming, especially when it comes to encounters with the people of the South Pacific who become family. If there is a lesson to be gained from reading Taleisin’s Tales, it’s that slowing the pace and taking each day as it comes brings unexpected moments of clarity and joy. And that sailing across an ocean on a small boat is not easy but, with the right partner and attitude, can be beautifully rewarding. Taleisin’s Tales takes the reader from Bull Canyon, California, to Kawau Island, New Zealand, where, after almost 28 years of voyaging on Taleisin, Lin and Larry now spend their time running a small nautical publishing company, managing a very small boatyard, puttering about on their fifteen-foot Herreshoff sloop and reflecting on their five decades of bluewater cruising.

Just Sea and Sky

England to New Zealand the Hard Way
Author: Ben Pester
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408151219
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 224
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This charming account of the voyage of two men in a small boat half way round the world from Plymouth to New Zealand in 1953 is a rare insight into a time, not long ago, when sailors had no GPS, electronics, radio or any of the mod cons that we take for granted today. Without lifejacket or a liferaft, they 'just took what came along', hand steering all the way, navigating by sextant, hand-cranking their engine and using oil lamps for light at night and for navigation. Sailors will be staggered how primitive conditions were only a few decades ago, even though it was the norm at the time. Part travelogue and part adventure story, the two friends encountered drunken harbourmasters, the mafia, the legacy of slavery and lost civilisations in the Pacific. Beautifully written, vivid in its descriptions of the two men's exploits ashore and on board, this quirky and entertaining book will be a fascinating read for sailors and non-sailors alike. 'A compelling story - I feel like I have sailed with them.' Yachting Monthly

Cost Conscious Cruiser

Champagne Cruising on a Beer Budget
Author: Lin and Larry Pardey
Publisher: Lin and Larry Pardey
ISBN: 9781929214815
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 360
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The pleasures and adventures of cruising under sail are amazingly affordable, say Lin and Larry Pardey. But to keep your dream on budget, you have to decide: Are you a cruiser or a consumer? In this book, a logical successor to their Self-Sufficient Sailor and Capable Cruiser, they discuss making your getaway plans, finding a truly affordable boat, keeping your outfitting costs and maintenance time under control, and learning to feel confident as you cruise farther afield. Their comparison of the gear considered necessary by many yachting experts and the gear carried by several cost-conscious cruisers will help you guage wheter you are buying the true necessities or overloading your boat with high-tech items that can break down and steal your sense of confidence offshore. The chapters on getting the most from your cruising funds, the attributes of successful long-term voyagers, how to upgrade your boat with your own hands, plus answers to the then questions most frequently asked by potential cruisers will help you prepare to explore under sail. as Lin and Larry explain, "The decisions you make now will determine if yu'll come back from your cruise feeling more empowered or more enslaved by today's consumer society."

The Mariner's Mirror


Author: Leonard George Carr Laughton,Roger Charles Anderson,William Gordon Perrin
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Great Britain
Page: N.A
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Books and the Sea

A List of Modern Books on the Sea and Shipping
Author: School Library Association
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Ocean
Page: 48
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Sailing Bright Eternity

Galactic Centre
Author: Gregory Benford
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0575118202
Category: Fiction
Page: 320
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The final chapter of humanity's future has begun and one man, Nigel Walmsley, has been alive through it all. An ancient scientist from the distant past, Walmsley had been marooned inside an anomaly of time and space. From here he recalls Earth's desperate struggle against the mechs, a violent artificial intelligence dedicated to total annihilation. In a strange space-time continuum called the Esty, the last few survivors from humanity's ravaged planets have taken refuge, readying themselves for a final stand against their ruthless executioners. Three generations of men stand between the mechs and total oblivion for the human race: Toby Bishop, a young warrior-in-training; Killeen Bishop, Toby's father and leader of the last remnants of humanity; and Killeen's own father, long believed dead, but now mysteriously returned to his family. As the mechs continue to carve their swathe of destruction through the galaxy, these three men hold the sole hope for the survival of the human race.

Wandering Home


Author: Ted Weldon
Publisher: Ted Weldon
ISBN: 1481150669
Category: Fiction
Page: 382
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When two people meet again after many years apart sparks can fly. If it's on a sailboat in the middle of the Caribbean it even can get to be an explosion. But the past doesn't go away. You have to go through past nightmares, and sometimes it brings them back to life. Webb Flynn has reduced his life to the simple things. His life revolves around sailing his boat, writing books and visiting the places on his list. He should be the happiest guy you could find but Webb left someone behind in his life and by chance he is about to meet her again. A shadow hangs over them though and for things to last the past has to be resolved in the present. Originally written online as a serialized novel this is the final revised version. You can follow the Author's latest work on his blog at: EllipticalThreads.com

Sunshine and Storm in the East

Or, Cruises to Cyprus and Constantinople
Author: Annie Brassey
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1108024629
Category: History
Page: 498
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A popular account of two voyages to Constantinople in a steam yacht, describing exotic locations and domestic life.

Fuchs und Feuer

Die dunkelsten Sterne des Himmels
Author: Heather Fawcett
Publisher: Dressler Verlag
ISBN: 386272073X
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Page: 512
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Schwindelerregend: Liebe und Verrat auf dem magischen Dach der Welt. Kamzin ist glücklich, als sie der charismatische Entdecker River Shara zur Führerin auf den Mount Raksha auswählt. Sie weiß um die Gefahren der Expedition, doch nichts hätte sie darauf vorbereiten können, dass sich der Berg mit allen Mächten wehrt, mit eiskalten Naturgewalten und teuflischen Feuerdämonen. Am Gipfel ihrer Träume angelangt, erkennt Kamzin, dass Verrat die tödlichste Gefahr von allen ist. Schwindelerregende Fantasy, ungewöhnlich, atmosphärisch und mit hohem Herzklopf-Faktor.

Salz für die See


Author: Ruta Sepetys
Publisher: Königskinder
ISBN: 3646929227
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 400
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Die letzten Kriegstage des Jahres 1945: Tausende Menschen flüchten aus Angst vor der Roten Armee nach Westen. Darunter Florian, ein deutscher Deserteur, Emilia, eine junge Polin, und Joana, eine litauische Krankenschwester. Eine Notgemeinschaft, in der jeder ein Geheimnis hat, das er nicht preisgeben will. Denn der Krieg hat sie Misstrauen gelehrt. Im eiskalten Winter wählt der kleine Flüchtlingstrek den lebensgefährlichen Weg über das zugefrorene Haff. In Gotenhafen, so heißt es, warte die Wilhelm Gustloff, um sie nach Westen zu bringen. Doch auch dort sind sie noch lange nicht in Sicherheit.