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Old 28-10-2011, 17:17   #1
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'Around the World Sailing Guide' by Alan Phillips

Has anyone read this book, if so, what did you think?
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Old 29-10-2011, 00:16   #2
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Useful for newbies and very entertaining for those with more experience, but some of the local info is already getting a littler dated. He has done a couple of laps around the globe and spent about 16 years just doing laps around Australia, SE Asia and the Pacific Islands.

He was my skipper; I learnt how to sail by watching his f-ups and his wins; we hoisted dinghies, sails and anchors together over many years; he taught me how to use a sextant when I was 11.

He is my father.

How is that for full disclosure??? haha I am in the hammock on the back cover of the book!
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Re: 'Around the World Sailing Guide' by Alan Phillips

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Useful for newbies and very entertaining for those with more experience, but some of the local info is already getting a littler dated. He has done a couple of laps around the globe and spent about 16 years just doing laps around Australia, SE Asia and the Pacific Islands.

He was my skipper; I learnt how to sail by watching his f-ups and his wins; we hoisted dinghies, sails and anchors together over many years; he taught me how to use a sextant when I was 11.

He is my father.

How is that for full disclosure??? haha I am in the hammock on the back cover of the book!
But, have you read the book?
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Old 29-10-2011, 06:46   #4
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Useful for newbies and very entertaining for those with more experience, but some of the local info is already getting a littler dated. He has done a couple of laps around the globe and spent about 16 years just doing laps around Australia, SE Asia and the Pacific Islands.

He was my skipper; I learnt how to sail by watching his f-ups and his wins; we hoisted dinghies, sails and anchors together over many years; he taught me how to use a sextant when I was 11.

He is my father.

How is that for full disclosure??? haha I am in the hammock on the back cover of the book!
That's great jimbo, I have the book and am getting a kick out of it. For someone like me it has a lot of information that can help prepare you for not only making these passages, but what to expect when you get there. Yeah, I'm a newbie. I also bought The Annapolis Book Of Seamanship..... Sam
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Old 29-10-2011, 22:37   #5
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Re: 'Around the World Sailing Guide' by Alan Phillips

I wrote that book. What do you like or hate in it?
My son Jim should be doing the updates but he is stuck in the Caribbean on his catamaran.
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Old 30-10-2011, 02:18   #6
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I purchased and read the book a number of times. I have given it to other dreamers. The binding has long given way, the typeset is erratic but other than those cheap criticisms, I quite enjoyed the style and information. I've used the recipes. I especially like the no nonsense approach (no bullshit) to what you need to do and how to do it. Crew, women bad weather, the whole thing. I've crossed the Pacific twice now, once in '77 and last year solo. I don't coil my dock lines and don't fly a skull and crossbones.
The book is a good read and I think quite helpful. Thanks, Alan.
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I wrote that book. What do you like or hate in it?
My son Jim should be doing the updates but he is stuck in the Caribbean on his catamaran.
Alan
Alan,I'm at Bora Bora in the book. I am very much enjoying it. I am just now getting into sailing, but it seems to me to be very informative in many respects. I think that if you had good color photogaphs of the different locations it would attract a wider group of readers. But as far as text goes, it's a very good read in my " very little sailing experience " opinion. I want to make that Pacific crossing. I live in Thailand, but I'm an American and will probably be buying my boat in the U.S. Maybe Mexico, Guatemala. I odered another copy of the book and had it sent to my Dad. He'll get a big kick out of it. Thanks Alan...............Sam
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Re: 'Around the World Sailing Guide' by Alan Phillips

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Useful for newbies and very entertaining for those with more experience, but some of the local info is already getting a littler dated. He has done a couple of laps around the globe and spent about 16 years just doing laps around Australia, SE Asia and the Pacific Islands.

He was my skipper; I learnt how to sail by watching his f-ups and his wins; we hoisted dinghies, sails and anchors together over many years; he taught me how to use a sextant when I was 11.

He is my father.

How is that for full disclosure??? haha I am in the hammock on the back cover of the book!
Well, that's a fair assessment, then!
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Re: 'Around the World Sailing Guide' by Alan Phillips

Hi Alan and Jim --

I see the book is a CreateSpace print-on-demand. Any chance you'll make it available as an e-book? (You can charge less and still make the same profit per book.)

Check out the Calibre free file converter -- you could probably create the e-book in an afternoon.
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Yes, of course I read it, Callmecrazy! Loved it! We have it onboard right now for the info on various ports and for the entertainment value. My son gets a kick out of seeing sailing photos of his father and grandfather in a book.

Good comment, Cormorant. Dad has already converted other nautical paper books to ebooks and no doubt will convert his own book as well.
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I bought the book a couple of yaers ago. I spent a couple of years around PNG & the Solomons in the mid 80's in my Roberts 36....and am looking to go again. I don't know about the 'up to dateness' of the info, but i really enjoyed the styles and the way Alan explains his philosophy, and what really to expect when you get out there.

Rommended as a great read.
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I wrote that book. What do you like or hate in it?
My son Jim should be doing the updates but he is stuck in the Caribbean on his catamaran.
Alan
Welcome aboard, Alan.
This forum never ceases to amaze and entertain me.
You're probably ok... Jim is a bit dodgey
Look forward to your input.
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Re: 'Around the World Sailing Guide' by Alan Phillips

Sorry -- after my post I found it already is an e-book in the Kindle store, and on Smashwords.

I will get myself a copy.
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Re: 'Around the World Sailing Guide' by Alan Phillips

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Alan.

Too bad about Jimbo’s unfortunate situation.
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Are you in Panama now, Vic?

Got my old man's book onboard, ready for the Pacific?

Last year we left Panama late May or early June and felt a bit rushed across the Pacific. Ya gotta hurry a little too, mate!
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