Finding Pax

One Woman’s Journey for the Love of Her Wooden Boat

BFinding Paxy Kaci Cronkhite, Published by Adlard Coles, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 211 pages   paperback   $17.95

Growing up on her family’s ranch in Oklahoma, Kaci Cronkhite never saw the ocean until she was 20. By the time she was 40, she’d sailed around the world. A voyage in 2001 brought her to Port Townsend, WA, and she remained in town for the Wooden Boat Festival. Finding herself temporarily grounded after the events of September 11, she decided to stay in the “City of Dreams” and was eventually offered a job as director of the aforementioned festival.

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Uncharted Waters

Romance, Adventure, and Advocacy on the Great Lakes

Uncharterd WatersBy Mary McKSchmidt, Published by 14 Karat Books   248 pages   paperback or Kindle edition   $15

The five Great Lakes – Superior, Huron, Michigan, Ontario and Erie – comprise the largest body of fresh water on Earth. They cover more than 95,000 square miles, an area bigger than the sate of Texas. Twenty-four million people in the U.S. and 9.8 million people in Canada rely on the lakes for drinking water, jobs, and a way of life, and their basin is home to over 3,500 species of plants and animals including more than 170 kinds of fish.

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The Complete Day Skipper

Skippering with confidence right from the start

By Tom Cunliffe

Published by Adlard Coles Nautical, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 194 pages   hardcover   $40

The Complete Day Skipper For those new to sailing, the best course of action will always be to enroll in a ‘Basic Sailing’ course (particularly those advertising in this publication!). You’d do well, however, to increase your knowledge of the subject by reading good books, and The Complete Day Skipper by Tom Cunliffe, originally published in 2002 and now in its 5th edition, is among the best.

The Royal Yachting Association, the governing body of sailing in the United Kingdom, defines “day skipper” as “one competent to take charge of a small yacht on short daytime passages under moderate weather conditions, in waters with which he or she is familiar.” Presenting the full syllabus of the RYA Day Skipper course, this book starts with the basics: what’s in a boat, docking and practical boat handling, the theory of sail, aids to navigation, and venturing our of the harbor.

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Music Review. Stan Rogers Between the Breaks…Live!

Stan RogersLongtime WindCheck readers may recall this reviewer’s admiration for the music of the late, great Stan Rogers (1949-1983). Stan, who lost his life in a fire aboard Air Canada Flight 797 while returning home from the Kerrville Folk Festival, left a body of work that’s been called “one of the touchstones of modern Canadian history.” We’ll not see his like again. 

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A Sailing Surfer’s Voyage of Awakening

By Captain Liz Clark

Published by Patagonia   336 pages   hardcover   $35

SwellA seven-month family cruise along the Pacific Coast of Mexico left a powerful imprint on 9-year-old Liz Clark. Upon returning home, Liz knew she wanted to devote her life to protecting the ocean…and to be the captain of her own sailboat. Liz fell in love with surfing while earning her BA in Environmental Studies at UC Santa Barbara, and that’s where she met the mentor who would help make her dream a reality.

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The Medal Maker

A Biography of Victor Kovalenko

By Roger Vaughan

Published by Altamira-Verlag GmbH   282 pages

The Medal MakerSailors coached by Victor Kovalenko have won ten medals in eight Olympic Games, six of them gold. As John Bertrand (who skippered Australia II to victory in a certain regatta in the waters off Newport, RI in 1983) observes in the Foreword, Kovalenko is the most successful Olympic sailing coach the world has ever seen.

Cover photo © Daniel Forster/Altamira Creation AG

Born in Ukraine in 1950, Kovalenko was a national champion in the Flying Dutchman (1974) and 470 (1981), but in the wake of the USSR’s boycott of the 1984 Summer Olympics he turned part-time coaching into a full-time career. At the 1988 Seoul Olympics (the inaugural year for Women’s Olympic Sailing), he coached the relatively inexperienced team of Larisa Moskalenko and Iryna Chunykhovska to a bronze medal in the Women’s 470.

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We’re Good

The Power of Faith, Hope & Determination

By Meg Keeshan McGovern

Published by Morgan James Publishing   180 pages   paperback and eBook

We're GoodThe 10th Annual Robie Pierce One-Design Regatta will be sailed June 1- 3, 2018 at Larchmont Yacht Club, and you’ll find no competitor in this wonderful event for sailors with disabilities with greater determination to win than Chris O’Brien of Trumbull, CT.

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The Atlantic Crossing Guide

Preparation, Passages and Cruising Grounds

By Jane Russell & RCC Pilotage Foundation

Published by Adlard Coles Nautical, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 292 pages, hardcover   $75

The Atlantic Crossing GuideNow in its 7th edition, The Atlantic Crossing Guide is well established as the standard reference for sailors planning an Atlantic voyage, whether from the USA to Europe or via the trade wind route to the Caribbean. Packed with the collective wisdom of cruising sailors from more than four decades, this new edition includes updated advice on a variety of topics.

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Catamarans - The Complete Guide for Cruising Sailors

By Gregor Tarjan

Published by McGraw-Hill   278 pages   hardcover  

Catamarans - The Complete Guide for Cruising SailorsWe’ve never met anyone with more enthusiasm for cruising catamarans (or more knowledge of them) than Gregor Tarjan, the founder and president of Aeroyacht Ltd. in Setauket Harbor, NY. You’ll find those attributes in abundance in the revised edition of Catamarans, originally published in 2006 by Aeroyacht Ltd. and Chiodi Publishing Inc., the latter owned by Tarjan’s longtime friend and Publisher of MULTIHULLS Magazine, the late Charles K. Chiodi.

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Water Safety

From the Backyard Pool to the Open Ocean

How to Avoid and Survive Water Emergencies

By Ben Rayner

Published by iUniverse   112 pages   paperback  

Water SafetyEvery year, approximately 3,500 people drown in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control, drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in children under age 14, and it’s also one of the top causes of death for young men in their teens and twenties. This reviewer came very close to drowning during an ill-conceived adventure nearly 40 years ago, and counts three acquaintances (each a very experienced boater) among those who did not survive an unexpected immersion.   

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