My first Atlantic crossing
was also a westbound crossing....from Canaries
....about 35 years ago....my latest crossings were an Atlantic circle, just 7 years ago...
And, while my friends, family
, crew, etc. have all spent some hours reading books
along the passages....I usually find myself reading novels, etc. while at anchor
somewhere exotic....but when on a long passage
, find my time off-watch consumed by navigation
, sail trim, maintenance
, cooking/cleaning, radio
comms, etc. as well as sleeping!!
I assume you are signing-on as crew, so you will have some down-time to spend reading??
Originally Posted by mriggs
I'll be doing my frist Atlantic crossing this fall, from the Canary Islands to St. Lucia. Since I'll have a little time on my hands to do some reading, I thought it would be interesting to read some history
on notable Atlantic crossings/exploration during the journey. Any recommendations, or threads that may have already covered this?
Don't forget that SLEEP is going to be VERY important!!
But, if you're looking for a book recommend, to relax with off-watch, how about "Kon Tiki", by Thor Heyerdahl? (my sister read this on my last eastbound crossing, and I decided to pick it up later that year on my westbound crossing).
It will make you glad you have all your modern comforts on-board....and maybe even a bit guilty about 'em!!
If you wish to see some videos (raw footage) of my latest crossings...(including some misc shots of sailing thru TS Olga for a few days, where we were using spinnaker
and wishing for more wind
, just a couple weeks earlier!)
Have a look here...
s/v Annie Laurie