Nov 24, 2022

When the weather turns ugly, how many of us contemplate just taking off, maybe forever. Long distance cruising requires commitment, skill and a certain kind of mindset. Here’s some approaches to consider as winter closes in.

 

Sailing Serious OceanSailing a Serious Ocean
by Kretschmer, John
CAD $31.95

 
Drawing on his extensive ocean-going experiences, John Kretschmer outlines what you need to cross an ocean or go around the world, fair weather or foul. His accounts of actual storms and real challenges at sea make exciting reading and suggest how to handle both your vessel and yourself when the going gets tough. Understanding how the boats Kretschmer handled responded to extreme circumstances can strengthen your grasp of your own boat’s ability to keep you and your crew safe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seamanship SeafaringKnox-Johnston on Seamanship & Seafaring
by Knox-Johnston, Robin
CAD $34.95

 

A sailing legend shares knowledge gained from a half-century of racing and singlehanding on the world’s oceans. This is a collection of essays that were first published in "Yachting World" magazine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jean Du SudbookJean-du-Sud and the Magick Byrd
by Gelinas, Yves
CAD $24.95CAD $19.95

 
Gelinas’ "performance piece" was his attempt to sail around the world non-stop. Dismasted in the Pacific, he repaired his mast and completed the voyage, returning to Gasp? after 282 sailing days. "Not since Bernard Moitessier has there been a better example of someone being so perfectly in tune with their boat, the sea and themselves," writes Andy Schell, publisher of the English edition of Gelinas’ classic memoir. First published in 1988 in French.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As Long As It's FunAs Long As It’s Fun
by McCormick, Herb
CAD $30.95


The biography of Lin and Larry Pardey, household names in the world of cruising. In this book, McCormick recounts both their remarkable sailing career, and delves deeply into their personal lives. Their often-controversial opinions, sometimes-tenuous marriage, and amazing list of accomplishments make for an interesting read. Herb interviewed family, friends and critics to write this sailing tale in a very human way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cape Horners ClubThe Cape Horners’ Club
by Flanagan, Adrian
CAD $36.95

 

Extending far into the Southern Ocean, Cape Horn interrupts the flow of ocean and weather systems at the bottom of the world, funnelling both into a maritime superhighway only 500 miles wide–which can build massive seas and accelerate wind speeds to hurricane strength. Flanagan’s book recounts the Cape’s history through the stories of people who’ve taken on the route and made it around–thus gaining membership in the "Cape Horners’ Club."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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