Vineyard Race

Sea Kayaking and Stand Up Paddling Connecticut, Rhode Island and the Long Island Sound

By David Fasulo

Published by Falcon Guides, an imprint of Globe Pequot   237 pages   paperback   $24.95

Sea Kayaking and Stand Up PaddlingLong Island Sound, Fishers Island Sound, Block Island Sound and Narragansett Bay have some of the very best waters in the country for kayak touring, stand up paddling and kayak fishing, and our friend David Fasulo has written the definitive guide to exploring the many islands and coastal preserves of this scenic area.

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A Man for All Oceans

Captain Joshua Slocum and the first solo voyage around the world

By Stan Grayson  

Published by Tilbury House Publishers with The New Bedford Whaling Museum   399 pages   hardcover   $29.95

A MAn for All OceansCaptain Joshua Slocum (1844-1909) was the first person to singlehandedly sail around the globe. Setting sail from Boston, MA in 1895 on a rebuilt 37-foot oyster sloop Spray, he returned to Newport, RI a little more than three years later, having logged 46,000 miles. The firsthand account of Slocum’s voyage, Sailing Alone Around the World, became a bestseller and has been continuously in print for more than a century. Although he became quite famous, Slocum revealed very little about his life in the book or the years following its publication. Having survived many near misses thanks to what he called “Slocum’s luck,” the enigmatic sailor and his beloved Spray vanished at sea in 1909.

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An Inexplicable Attraction: My Fifty Years of Ocean Sailing

By Eric B. Forsyth

Published by Green Ocean Race Productions   392 pages   paperback   $34.95

Inexplicable AttractionSailing out of Weeks Yacht Yard in Patchogue, NY, Captain Eric Forsyth has logged approximately 300,000 nautical miles, many of them aboard his Westsail 42 Fiona. (An amusing story about how Forsyth’s late wife Edith named this sturdy cutter can be found at yachtfiona.com.)

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The Death and Life of the Great Lakes

By Dan Egan

Published by W. W. Norton & Company   364 pages   hardcover   $27.95

The Death and Life of the Great LakesThe Great Lakes – Superior, Huron, Michigan, Ontario and Erie – have some of the clearest fresh water on Earth, but that’s actually indicative of ecological calamity. “This is not a sign of a healthy lake,” writes author Dan Egan. “It’s the sign of a lake having the life sucked out of it.”

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QuickStart Circumnavigation Guide

Proven Route and Sailing Itinerary Timed for Weather

By Captain Charlie & Cathy Simon

Published by World Sailing Guru   166 pages   paperback   $39.95

QuickStart Circumnavigation GuideWhen Captain Charlie and Cathy Simon left St. Lucia in 2014 to sail around the world, they did so with a goal of compiling information to create the ultimate overview guide to circumnavigating the globe under sail. That book, in which the Simons enthusiastically share their wisdom on the life-changing aspects of circumnavigation, is now available.

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The Survival Food Handbook

Provisioning at the Supermarket for Your Boat, Camper, Vacation Cabin, and Home Emergencies.

By Janet Groene

The Survival HandbookThere are many excellent cookbooks for sailors, with recipes for preparing such delicacies as freshly caught mahi mahi or spiny lobsters. Those books do not cover emergency provisions, however, while The Survival Food Handbook is the essential guide to eating well when the refrigerator has broken down or you’ve run out of propane.

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Desperate Voyage

Donald Crowhurst, The London Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, and the Tragedy of Teignmouth Electron

By Edward Renehan

Published by New Street Communications, LLC   112 pages   paperback   $9.95

Desparate VoyageIn 1968, no one had completed a solo non-stop ‘round-the-world voyage under sail via the three great capes of the Southern Ocean – the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa, Cape Leeuwin in Australia, and Cape Horn in Chile. That year, The London Sunday Times announced the sponsorship of a ‘round-the-world yacht race and a prize, the Golden Globe, to be awarded to the first sailor to accomplish the feat. The entrants included several accomplished yachtsmen including Robin Knox-Johnston (the eventual winner), Bernard Moitessier and Chay Blyth, as well as a weekend sailor and father of four named Donald Crowhurst.

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The Tide

The Science and Stories Behind the Greatest Force on Earth

The TideBy Hugh Aldersey-Williams

Published by W.W. Norton & Company   368 pages   hardcover   $27.95

Half of the world’s population lives along ocean coastlines where the tides ebb and flow every day, yet most of us do not fully understand the natural mechanisms that keep an incomprehensible volume of water in constant motion. Essential for millennia for timekeeping, navigation and commerce, the tide has determined the course of history from the biblical story of Moses parting the Red Sea and the conquests of Julius Caesar to the Battle of Maldon, the Boston Tea Party and the Allied invasion of Normandy. Similarly, the quest to understand what moves the tide has preoccupied great minds including Plato, Aristotle, Galileo and Newton.

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South

The Illustrated Story of Shackleton’s Last Expedition, 1914 – 1917

SouthBy Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton

Published by Zenith Press   384 pages   hardcover   $40

Written nearly a century ago, the story polar explorer Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated expedition – the first trek across Antarctica from the Atlantic to the Pacific via the South Pole – is a classic tale of survival in brutal conditions.

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Heavy Weather Sailing

By Peter Bruce

Foreword by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston

7th Edition published by Adlard Coles Nautical, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 310 pages   hardcover   $50

Heavy Weather SailingMore than half a century ago since it was originally published, Heavy Weather Sailing remains the definitive tome on the subject. We’d wager that WindCheck Contributing Editor Joe Cooper had this book when he was a lad in Australia… and that he still owns that same well-worn copy!

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