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Old 19-08-2007, 12:54   #1
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Looking for Sailing Adventure Books

i have read the voyage of the northern magic and loved it ! could u help me find more books like this to read till i can sail around the world
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Old 19-08-2007, 13:41   #2
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I recently read Dove. It is the true story of a 16 year old boy who sets sail around the world, single handed, in a 20 ft. sloop in the 60's. Pretty great story.
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Any of Moitessier's books. 'Sailing to the Reefs' is an excellent story of cruising in a long gone era. The 'Long Way' and 'Cape Horn' are the best books to capture the magic of actually being at sea on long passages. 'Tamata and the Alliance' is a bit preachy but an interesting look at Colonial IndoChina. Moitessier was a bit of a nut, you'd have to be do what he did, but a very good writer.

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Old 19-08-2007, 15:56   #4
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"Around the world cruising guide" by Alan Phillips.
A bit like Jimmy Cornall but with lots of detail and opinions,
My favourite.
He has a web site at sailing crew wanted for cruising lifestyle
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”Mighty Merry Too”~ by Mary McCollum (our own ‘ sailorm ‘)
At 60 years of age, Mary cruised the West Coast (USA), then soloed her 24 foot Pacific Seacraft (Dana?) across the Pacific ocean.

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Old 20-08-2007, 04:03   #6
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Any of Tristan Jones' books will set out in detail what sailing the oceans (and a Lake) of the world is all about.
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As noted, Dove is a great read. Try "A World of My Own", Robin Knox-Johnston's recounting of the first non-stop circumnavigation you'll enjoy that also. Doubt if you can find this one but Peter Tangvald wrote "Sea Gypsy" back in the 60's which is great.

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Well, its not modern and current and its fiction and its not just about sailing.... but few things have fueled my passion for sailing and voyaging like reading the Aubrey/Maturin series of novels by Patrick O'Brian. He has to be one of the most gifted writers of the past 100 years and these books qualify as literature, not just pulp fiction. I cannot recommend anything more strongly!


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How about Alexander Kent and the Bolitho series?
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Old 20-08-2007, 18:26   #10
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I think Lin and Larry Pardey's 4 books, Cruising in Seraffyn, Seraffyn's European Adventure, Seraffyn's Mediterranean Adventure, and Seraffyn's Oriental Adventure are the best ever written on the "cruising lifestyle". The go simple lifestyle may not appeal to everyone these days but their seamanship, interaction with the locals, love of the lifestyle, and storytelling make these timeless classics.

For some adventure how about John Caldwell's book Desparate Voyage. On second thought.... maybe after you read about how he was wrecked in a typhoon and survived by eating his belt and shoe leather fried in engine oil while his boat slowly drifted across the Pacific.... you will stay home.

Triston Jones's book The Improbable Voyage is a great adventure yarn even if he stretches the truth abit.
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bigwhyte,

Living in their home-town, we can't mention our cruising plans without hearing about the Northern Magic. Other Canadian titles, you might want to check out are:
"The Sailing Promise" - Alayne Main;
"All in the Same Boat" and "Still in the Same Boat" - Paul Howard and Fiona McCall;
"Cruising for Cowards" and 3 or 4 other titles - Liza Copeland;
and I second the recommendation for the many Pardey books (ok, only Larry is Canadian).

Also, not Canadian but can't resist mentioning here; the Bumfuzzle logs are a good read - you can find them at bumfuzzle.com

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Old 21-08-2007, 14:10   #12
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thanks again all .this site is always so much help;]
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Well, its not modern and current and its fiction and its not just about sailing.... but few things have fueled my passion for sailing and voyaging like reading the Aubrey/Maturin series of novels by Patrick O'Brian. He has to be one of the most gifted writers of the past 100 years and these books qualify as literature, not just pulp fiction. I cannot recommend anything more strongly!


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a great read. we read all of them with great pleasure and then donated them to a library in New Zealand before departing for Australia Mary
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Here is a few more:
The Sea is for Sailing by Peter Pye
Open Boat Across the Pacific by Webb Chiles
The Ocean Waits by Webb Chiles
Survive the Savage Sea by Dougal Robertson

And how about one of the great classic sailing stories, Mutiny on the Bounty.
I am sure there are many books on this subject but my favorite is The Bounty Trilogy by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall. It comprises 3 books, Mutiny on the Bounty, Men Against the Sea, and Pitcairn's Island. Don't know how available this book is, my copy is quite old.
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Here is a few more:
The Sea is for Sailing by Peter Pye
Open Boat Across the Pacific by Webb Chiles
The Ocean Waits by Webb Chiles
Survive the Savage Sea by Dougal Robertson

And how about one of the great classic sailing stories, Mutiny on the Bounty.
I am sure there are many books on this subject but my favorite is The Bounty Trilogy by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall. It comprises 3 books, Mutiny on the Bounty, Men Against the Sea, and Pitcairn's Island. Don't know how available this book is, my copy is quite old.
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