For my past few solo afternoons on the water
I've been listening to the free audio book "Mutiny on the Elsinore" by Jack London.
You can download it free here:
It is an incredible tale of a voyage around Cape Horn in 1913, very late in the age of sail. I'll tell you it makes the Mutiny on the Bounty look like a Sunday afternoon sail. They are hove-to in a gale for 7 weeks attempting to round the horn. The captain
figures that there are 200 other ships out on the water
with them. I've only got a few chapters to go. I'll do that tomorrow afternoon.
By the way, Librivox.org has many other classic sailing books
like Mutiny on the Bounty and Moby Dick. I"ve listened to hundreds of books during my time on the water or hiking in the woods.