Stop Drifting, Start Rowing

One Woman’s Search for Happiness and Meaning Alone on the Pacific

By Roz Savage

Published by Hay House, Inc.   201 pages   paperback   $15.95

Stop Drifting, Start RowingAlthough she had the comfort and luxuries of what she calls “the classic materialistic Western lifestyle,” Roz Savage felt unfulfilled and unhappy. After parting ways with her husband, leaving a well-paid job and selling her possessions, she chose the iconoclastic pursuit of long distance solo ocean rowing to find meaning in her life.

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No Ordinary Being

W. Starling Burgess: Inventor, Naval Architect, Poet, Aviation Pioneer, and Master of American Design

By Llewellyn Howland III

Published by David R. Godine, in Association with New Bedford Whaling Museum and Mystic Seaport, 2015   455 pages   hardcover   $65

Reviewed by Larry Kelly

No Ordinary Being By Llewellyn HowardAs a young schoolboy and avid sailor at Milton Academy in Milton, Massachusetts in the early 1950s, Llewellyn Howland III was drawn to one of his predecessors at the school, W. Starling Burgess, the designer of the grand J-Boat defenders of the America’s Cup: Enterprise, Rainbow, and Ranger; and the glorious staysail schooner Nina. The teenage Howland scoured the library for whatever he could find on Burgess and his boats. Little would he know that his fascination with the man would result in a 60-year quest that resulted in this fine biography that comprehensively chronicles the life and times of the famous naval architect and inventor.

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Too Many Heroes?

An Anniversary of a Real One

By Michael Tougias

The Finest Hours by Michael TougiasThis year marks the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Coast Guard’s greatest rescue, in which four men received the Gold Life Saving Medal for heroism. It’s a good opportunity to review the men’s actions and ponder the question if we use the term hero too liberally today.

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The Boat Data Book

The Owners’ and Professionals Bible

By Ian Nicolson & Richard Nicolson

The Boat Data Book Published by Adlard Coles Nautical, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing, Plc, 216 pages   paperback   $40

Whether you’re planning to build your own boat or restore a classic, you’ll want to own a copy of this indispensable reference book. Now in its seventh edition, The Boat Data Book is a compendium of tables and graphs including pertinent lengths, widths, weights and strengths. 

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The Complete Yachtmaster

Sailing, Seamanship and Navigation for the Modern Yacht Skipper

By Tom Cunliffe

The Complete YachtmasterPublished by Adlard Coles Nautical, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing. Plc, 310 pages   hardcover   $40

An extensively revised eighth edition of a time-tested reference, Tom Cunliffe’s The Complete Yachtmaster is an essential read for anyone contemplating making a coastal or offshore passage. Taking into account new developments in marine electronics and sail handling systems, it has information about using the newest chartplotters and integrated systems and navigating with apps, tablets and smartphones.

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My Name is Luke

My Name is Luke a novel by Jim RuddleA Novel by Jim Ruddle

Published by Amika Press   206 pages   paperback   $14.95

This reviewer is not the first to note that My Name is Luke seems cut from the same cloth as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Kidnapped or Treasure Island. Spinning a Stevenson-esque yarn with wit to rival Twain, author Jim Ruddle has created a timeless coming-of-age tale. Indeed, reviewers in the future may liken seafaring adventures written a century hence to this engaging book. 

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Clipper Ships and the Golden Age of Sail

Races and rivalries on the nineteenth century high seas

Clipper Ships and the Golden Age of Sail

 

By Sam Jefferson

Published by Adlard Coles Nautical, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing 240 pages   hardcover   $45

Throughout the nineteenth century, shipping was the fastest means of intercontinental freight transport, and the fastest ships on the seas were clippers. Author Sam Jefferson, one of the foremost authorities on clipper ships, tells the story of how these magnificent vessels shaped worldwide commerce and culture.

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Great Yachts of Long Island’s North Shore

By Robert B. MacKay

Published by Arcadia Publishing   128 pages   paperback   $21.99

Great Yachts of Long Island's North ShoreAround the turn of the 20th Century, the North Shore of Long Island was the most prized residential area in the United States. As captains of industry and financial titans built lavish estates on the bluffs and bays along the shoreline from New York City to Eaton’s Neck, the area became known as the Gold Coast. With Long Island Sound literally in their backyards, affluent families including the Astors, Morgans, Sloans, Roosevelts and Vanderbilts commissioned fast, luxurious yachts that they used for everything from commuting to the city to racing and voyaging.

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Composition Tips for Boat Photography

By Allen and Daniela Clark

Published by PhotoBoat.com  eBook format   $19.99

Composition Tips for Boat PhotographyProfessional marine photographers Daniela & Allen Clark have been WindCheck contributors for nearly a decade. Their superb photographs appear in every issue of this magazine, and frequently on the cover. Their company, PhotoBoat, also provides images for the Storm Trysail Club’s Block Island Race Week News, which the WindCheck crew produces in odd-numbered years.

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Live Yankees

The Sewalls and Their Ships

By W. H. Bunting

Published by Tilbury House   496 pages   hardcover   $30

Live YankeesIn the mid- to late 19th Century, the city of Bath on the southwest coast of Maine was one of the world’s most productive shipbuilding communities. And no family was more closely tied to Bath’s maritime history than the Sewalls, who built and managed a fleet of over 100 merchant vessels. These ships, mostly square-riggers, were engaged in worldwide trade until the Age of Sail came to an end.

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