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Old 25-11-2011, 07:43   #1
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Tips for a Book on Sailing Around the World

Hello everybody

I am new to this forum and to sailing. I am, however, conducting research for an adventure book with a chapter on sailing around the world and was wondering if I might be able to get some help? I hope I have posted in an appropriate sub-forum.

The book I'm writing is a collection of beginner's guides to different expeditions like crossing a desert or skiing to the South Pole. For each chapter, I've been collecting "top tips" from well-known expeditioners. But with sailing, there seems to be such a great community of people sharing information that I thought I might try asking for tips here instead...


If you'd be willing to help, please answer one or more of the questions below. If appropriate, I would then pick some of the best ones and include them as recommendations in my book, credited accordingly:


1. What one item would you recommend someone taking that they might not otherwise have thought of?

2. What would be your one "top tip" for someone considering their first big cruising trip?

3. What one resource would you recommend (e.g. book, website, organisation or piece of software - CruisersForum is already listed!)?

(If you leave your name, boat name and/or website then I will credit you in the book. Or just say otherwise if you'd rather not be mentioned. If you include an email address too then I can run anything by you before it's printed and let you know when the book is out.)


I hope this is an appropriate thing to ask and not too obscure!

Many thanks for your time.


Tim.
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Old 28-11-2011, 10:26   #2
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Hi guys,

Does anyone think they might be able to help with my research?

Any input greatly welcomed.

Many thanks,
Tim.
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Old 28-11-2011, 15:39   #3
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hi tim Robin Graham The Dove
Sir Chichesters Gypsy Moth circles the world
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Old 28-11-2011, 16:06   #4
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1. Zinc Oxide Diaper Rash Cream - in case you end up sitting in the rain for hours/days at a time.

2. Keep the rig up and the water out! And, just go...

3. Atomvoyages.com
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hi tim Robin Graham The Dove
Sir Chichesters Gypsy Moth circles the world
Add Jessica Watson; True Spirit. An excellent book
210 days and she didn't stop along away... or in other words None stop all the way. Me? if I decide on a world cruise it will from port to port.
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Hi guys

Thanks so much for the book and name recommendations. Some familiar and some new but all appreciated.

CallMeCrazy - I love the tips. That's just the sort of thing I was after, thank you kindly.

Any more for any more? It would be great to get a good spread of tips.

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If you want to make friends with native kids and there families take crayons and coloring books to give away.
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In this day and age, I'd take along one of those manual watermakers that you have to get a mate to nick from the army. Fresh water is, I believe, the one essential we don't ever want to be without!

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Remember your camera and batteries... Those memories are so much more tangible when you can see them!

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Alan Phillips: Around the World Cruising Guide (book)
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Hi Saucy Sailoress (never thought I'd find myself writing that), those are great tips, thank you kindly.

Nice idea with the crayons too Phil and Elaine, thank you. Might work just as well for the cycling around the world chapter!
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Nice idea with the crayons too Phil and Elaine, thank you. Might work just as well for the cycling around the world chapter!
Yes, pictures are a common language
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It's hard to find but Circumnavigation:Sail the Trade Winds by Sue Moesly is a two-volume treasure. Couple circumnavigated in the 1980s I believe, fairly new information compared to make of the classics. As for crayons, that seems like a great idea but did they hold up in tropic heat? In Indonesia, where I just about melted from the heat and humidity myself, I gave away ordinary pencils. They were greatly appreciated.
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Thanks Janet!
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Hal Roth's book "How to Sail Around the World" is getting a bit dated but its still got some good tips.
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Re: Tips for a Book on Sailing Around the World

Joshua Slocum, Eric and Susan Hiscock
Peter Blake .

If a couple make sure the dream is shared. Lots of marriage/partner breakups if not shared. Once stood on a dock in Oman discussing Pirates with fellow cruisers ...as you do there, and a person standing beside me said.." Whats all this about Pirates?'!!!! Make sure you know where you are going and what the risks and pleasures are.

Talk to other cruisers either in person or research blogs there is no better resource than someone who has been there done that.

Be flexible, try not to cruise on a timetable, but there again if just wanting to sail nonstop then I guess there has to be a timetable. But slowly and with company is more enjoyable.
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