Voyages

Stories of ten Sunsail owner cruises

By Nancy Kaull & Paul Jacobs, Edited by Daniela Clark, Published by Pleiades Publishing

Voyages - Stories of ten Sunsail owner cruisesAs members of the Sunsail owners program, Nancy Kaull and Paul Jacobs of Saunderstown, RI have cruised many of the world’s finest waters together. Among the numerous benefits of purchasing a Sunsail yacht and placing it in the company’s charter fleet is the access to other yachts at more than 30 of the company’s bases worldwide. Nancy and Paul, who purchased a Sunsail Jeanneau 36i named Sandpiper in 2009, have taken full advantage of this opportunity.

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A Path in the Mighty Waters

Shipboard Life & Atlantic Crossings to the New World

By Stephen R. Berry

Published by Yale University Press, 320 pages, hardcover $40

Reviewed by Chanel Champagne

A Path in the Mighty WatersA Path in the Mighty Waters: Shipboard Life & Atlantic Crossings to the New World tells the story of how people experienced their crossings to North America in the eighteenth century. Author Stephen R. Berry chronicles the account of passengers through their personal journals, letters, illustrations, and logbooks during their time aboard the ships Simmonds and London Merchant. The story goes into immense detail to give the reader an understanding of the hardships encountered throughout the long journey and how it transformed the lives of the passengers forever.  

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L. Francis Herreshoff: Yacht Designer

By Roger C. Taylor

Published by Mystic Seaport, 2015   450 pages   hardcover   $65

Reviewed by Larry Kelly

L. Francis Herreshoff: Yacht DesignerL. Francis Herreshoff (1890-1972) was a naval architect, author, and editor who had a profound impact on yacht design in the mid-twentieth century. Francis, as he was known, was the son of the famous “Wizard of Bristol,” Nathanael G. Herreshoff, probably the most recognized naval architect of his time. As one might expect from a son who grows up in the shadow of a legend and then enters the same profession, Herreshoff labored under the mantel of great expectations.

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Film Review: One Simple Question

An uncertain journey to find an iceberg

A film by Teresa Carey, Ben Eriksen Carey and Derek Alan Rowe 

Produced by Doctrine Creative & Morse Alpha Studios 

A shared love of singlehanded sailing aboard traditional cruising boats brought Teresa Carey and Ben Eriksen together, and with a common interest in simple, self-sufficient living it wasn’t long before this affable, adventure-seeking couple had teamed up for a journey through life.

In 2011, Teresa, Ben, and their intrepid orange cat Dory departed Huntington, New York on their Bristol Channel Cutter 28 Elizabeth (with heart-shaped side windows on her dodger) for a 1,600-mile voyage that would take them northward to the waters off the coast of Newfoundland to see an iceberg.

One Simple Question

Watch the One Simple Question film trailer about a young couple looking for adventure, challenge themselves to drastically simplify their lives by living aboard a small sailboat while embarking on an uncertain journey to find an iceberg. Their quest brings them lessons in the joy of a deliberate life, a greater understanding of nature and a new path in the pursuit of happiness.
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Casting Off

How a city girl found happiness on the high seas

By Emma Bamford

Published by Adlard Coles Nautical, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing,  346 pages, paperback   $16

Casting Off by Emma BamfordAlthough she had aspired to become a journalist since age 16 and currently worked as a reporter and news editor at a national newspaper, Emma Bamford was feeling a growing sense of ennui. While her friends were getting married and having babies she was struggling to get to a fourth date, and a highlight of her career was asking Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button about his favorite toasted sandwich filling.

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Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude

By Richard Dunn and Rebekah Higgitt

Published by Harper Design, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 255 pages   hardcover  $75

Reviewed by Chanel Champagne

Ships, Clocks & StarsShips, Clocks, and Stars: The Quest for Longitude tells the story of the many attempts to solve what the British dubbed the “longitude problem.” Authors Richard Dunn and Rebekah Higgitt recount the pursuit of the measurement of longitude at sea, which stumped some of the finest minds of Western civilization for nearly 300 years.

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Pacific Crossing Notes

A Sailor’s Guide to the Coconut Milk Run

By Nadine Slavinski & Markus Schweitzer

Illustrations by Nicholas P. Schweitzer

Published by Rolling Hitch Press   374 pages   paperback   $14.99

Pacific Crossing NotesKnown as the greatest downhill run on the planet, the Coconut Milk Run follows the trade winds from the Americas to Australia. A distance of approximately 8,000 nautical miles, it’s a challenging prospect. “…while sailing across the Atlantic boils down to a single three-week hop with good services on either side,” authors Nadine Slavinski and Markus Schweitzer note, “the Pacific is an entirely different kettle of fish.”

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Book Excerpt: The British-American Cup 1949

This excerpt from The Strenuous Life of Harry Anderson by Roger Vaughan recounts an event caused the match racing rules to be re-written.

The British American cupThe Solent is indeed a mean-spirited body of water with an extreme wind range that can change from flat calm to white caps in a London minute. An extreme tidal rise and fall of four meters (14 feet) produces ferocious currents. On a practice day with little wind, one American boat was slammed into a cage (channel marker) by the four-knot current, while another took a bite out of a teammate’s stern by misjudging the tidal effect. The American team consisted of Herman Whiton (Firecracker); Bus Mosbacher (Llanoria); Dr. George Nichols Jr. (Goose); and Mrs. James R. Sheldon (NOA, on charter). George Nichols, as it happened, was a classmate of Anderson’s from Adirondack-Florida School, an Oyster Bay neighbor, and a fellow member of the SCYC.

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Two Sailboats, One Moon

Journals from a year spent oceans apart

By Sue Montana & Bob Bennett

Cover image by Dawn Daisley Designs

Published by Tepin, Inc.   297 pages   paperback   $22

Two Sailboats, One MoonSue Montana and Bob Bennett share an affinity for sailing that’s surpassed only by their devotion to one another. In 2002, they had been together for 17 years, having successfully implemented a “five-year renewable contract” in their relationship that saw them become homeowners, build their respective careers, and buy a 32-foot sailboat. When Bob began experiencing what Sue calls the midlife blues, he left his job and signed on for a one-year circumnavigation of the world aboard the legendary Captain Eric Forsyth’s Westsail 42 Fiona

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Wreck of the Whale Ship Essex

The Extraordinary and Distressing Memoir That Inspired Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick

By Owen Chase

Introduction by Gilbert King, winner of the Pulitzer Prize

Published by Zenith Press   224 pages   printed laminated cover   $35

Reviewed by Larry Kelly

Wreck of the Whale Ship EssexMany will be familiar with this account of a whale attacking and sinking the whaleship Essex. One of my favorite books is the bestseller In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick, an account of the wreck of the Essex. So there was no question about reading Wreck of the Whale Ship Essex.

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