Book Review

Every issue of WindCheck includes a look at a new book about sailing (or perhaps the reissue of a maritime classic) and occasionally gives a listen to the music of the sea.

Book Review

Book Review: Coming About

By Chris Szepessy

Book Review: Coming About

A novel by Roger Vaughan Published by Choptank Word Bank 249 pages $17.95 If you read the excerpt from Fastnet; One Man’s Voyage in our October edition (windcheckmagazine.com/article/an-excerpt-from-fastnet-one-mans-voyage/), a compelling firsthand account of the ill-fated 1979 Fastnet Race aboard Jim Kilroy’s 79-foot maxi Kialoa, you know that author, yachting historian and longtime WindCheck contributor Roger Vaughan is a superb storyteller. His first novel Coming About is a first-rate thriller. The striking cover photo by Carlo Borlenghi sets…

Book Review

OFFSHORE High: Grand Prix Yacht Racing/Big Business/Epic Love Story

By Chris Szepessy

OFFSHORE High: Grand Prix Yacht Racing/Big Business/Epic Love Story

Steve & Doris Colgate And Offshore Sailing School By Herb McCormick Published by Seapoint Books + Media LLC 288 pages People have been teaching other how to use a sail to move a boat across a body of water for millennia, but as far as we’re concerned Doris and Steve Colgate invented the sailing school. With more than 150,000 enthusiastic graduates of Offshore Sailing School, this dynamic duo has taught more how to sail and to embrace…

Book Review

Farewell Mr Puffin A Small Boat Voyage to Iceland

By Chris Szepessy

Farewell Mr Puffin A Small Boat Voyage to Iceland

By Paul Heiney Published by Adlard Coles, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc Comical in appearance with black and white plumage and colorful parrot-like beaks, puffins are known to many as “the jokers of the sea.” Although they spend most of their lives at sea, Atlantic puffins have roosted in large numbers on or near Iceland for millenia. The population of these loveable little auklets is declining alarmingly, says author Paul Heiney, who sailed his 38-foot cutter…

Book Review

How to Battle Seasickness

By Chris Szepessy

How to Battle Seasickness

100 Tips to Help You Get Your Sea Legs By Michelle Segrest Published by Navigate Content, Inc., Alabama, USA 133 pages “In my experience, there are two kinds of sailors,” writes Michelle Segrest in the introduction to her newest book. “Those who get seasick, and those who lie about it.” Every sailor knows that mal de mer can be much, much worse than the flu, food poisoning, and even a crushing hangover. While there is no cure…

Book Review

Vencedor

By Chris Szepessy

Vencedor

The Story of a Great Yacht and an Unsung Herreshoff Hero in the Golden Age of Yachting By Charles Axel Poekel Jr. Published by Sheridan House, an imprint of The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc.   271 pages In the 1890s, a young Danish-American naval engineer named Thorvald Julius Schougaard Poekel was the chief draftsman at the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company in Bristol, Rhode Island. At that time HMCo was designing and building the fastest racing sailboats in…

Book Review

Connecticut Waters: Celebrating Our Coastline and Waterways

By Chris Szepessy

Connecticut Waters: Celebrating Our Coastline and Waterways

Photography by Caryn B. Davis Narrative by Eric D. Lehman Published by Globe Pequot, an imprint of The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc. 226 pages   hardcover   $27.95 Connecticut Waters, a collection of 300 images by award-winning photographer Caryn B. Davis, is a beautiful exploration of the Constitution State’s maritime roots, both past and present. With a fascinating narrative by Eric D. Lehman, this title from our friends at Globe Pequot explores Connecticut’s shorelines, sounds, rivers and…

Book Review

Doing the Ditch: A Descriptive Historical Journey of Self-doubt to Success!

By Chris Szepessy

Doing the Ditch: A Descriptive Historical Journey of Self-doubt to Success!

By Anthony Pozun WindCheck readers will recognize Anthony Pozun as the author of “Against All Odds,” an account of his rescue mission to the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian in 2019. This yet-to-be-completed saga aboard his Catalina 400 Mark II Mystical Paradise, in which Tony was delayed by a series of breakdowns and quarantines, can be found at windcheckmagazine.com/article/against-all-odds/ and windcheckmagazine.com/article/against-all-odds-part-2/ Tony’s first book, Doing the Ditch is a compilation of several trips he’s made along the Intracoastal Waterway, a…

Book Review

Patriarch of Maine Shipbuilding: The Life and Ships of Gardiner G. Deering

By Chris Szepessy

Patriarch of Maine Shipbuilding: The Life and Ships of Gardiner G. Deering

By Kenneth R. Martin Published by Jackson A. Parker and distributed by Tilbury House Publishers, 216 pages hardcover $60 In the waning days of the Golden Age of Sail after the American Civil War, steamships were taking more and more trade away from sailing cargo ships. Although the writing on the wall was clear, a small number of builders in Bath, Maine, the “City of Ships,” persisted in building and launching wooden schooners, enlarging and modifying them…

Book Review

Huntington Harbor Lighthouse

By Chris Szepessy

Huntington Harbor Lighthouse

By Antonia S. Mattheou and Nancy Y. Moran Foreword by Pamela Setchell, Introduction by Deanna Glassman Published by Arcadia Publishing 127 pages paperback $21.99 If you’ve done any boating on western Long Island Sound, you’ve seen the Venetian Renaissance-style lighthouse at the entrance to Huntington Harbor, New York. Completed in 1912, the structure resembles a small castle. By 1985, the deterioration of the Huntington Harbor Lighthouse had become so great that the U.S Coast Guard was ready…

Book Review

Learning to Fly

By Chris Szepessy

Learning to Fly

America’s Cup XXXIII 2010 By Roger Vaughan Photographs by Gilles Martin-Raget, Introduction by Gary Jobson Published by Choptank Word Bank 175 pages $29.99 The start of the 36th regatta for the America’s Cup was just six weeks away as this 201st edition of WindCheck went to press. As we look forward to victory in Auckland for New York Yacht Club American Magic, author (and WindCheck contributor) Roger Vaughan takes us back eleven years to the first time…

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