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

Three Sheets to the Wind: The Nautical Origins of Everyday Expressions

By Chris Szepessy

Three Sheets to the Wind: The Nautical Origins of Everyday Expressions

By Cynthia Barrett Published by Lyons Press, an imprint of The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group. Inc. 180 pages paperback $16.95 A remarkable number of words and phrases in the English language have origins in the terminology used by sailors of the empire that, for better or worse, made our world what it is today. Our conversations, from boardroom to coffee room, are so chock-full of these nautical idioms that we don’t notice…and often don’t know the…

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The Coast of Summer: Sailing New England Waters from Shelter Island to Cape Cod

By Chris Szepessy

The Coast of Summer: Sailing New England Waters from Shelter Island to Cape Cod

By Anthony Bailey Published by Lyons Press, an imprint of The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group. Inc. 357 pages paperback $18.95 The southern shoreline of New England comprises some very fine cruising grounds, and in The Coast of Summer, author Anthony Bailey invites the reader to join he and his wife Margot for a leisurely warm weather cruise aboard their Tartan 27 Lochinvar. A staff writer for The New Yorker for thirty-five years, Bailey is both a…

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Book Review: Sailing America

By Chris Szepessy

Book Review: Sailing America

Photographs by Onne van der Wal Introduction by Gary Jobson Published by Rizzoli International Publications, Inc.  306 pages  hardcover  $100   Every one of award-winning nautical photographer and author Onne van der Wal’s books is a visual treat, and his newest may be the best one yet. As signified by its evocative title, Sailing America is a celebration of the world’s best sport and the waters of the greatest country in the world. Each chapter of this…

Book Review

A Pair of Classics by The Master

By Chris Szepessy

A Pair of Classics by The Master

The Long Way and A Sea Vagabond’s World By Bernard Moitessier Published by Sheridan House, an imprint of the Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc. 252 and 216 pages, respectively paperback $16.95 and $19.95 Sheridan House has added to its Maritime Classics series by reissuing two essential books by “The Master,” legendary long distance sailor and gifted writer Bernard Moitessier (1925-1994). La Longue Route, originally published in French in 1971 and translated to English by Moitessier’s longtime…

Book Review

The Wreck of the Portland

By Chris Szepessy

The Wreck of the Portland

A Doomed Ship, a Violent Storm, and New England’s Worst Maritime Disaster By J. North Conway Published by Lyons Press, an imprint of The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc. 201 pages hardcover $26.95 This reviewer must confess to never having heard about the storm that became known as “The Portland Gale,” nor the story of “New England’s Titanic,” the passenger steamer Portland. A perfect storm formed off the coast of New England in November 1898. When…

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One Wild Song A Voyage in a Lost Son’s Wake

By Chris Szepessy

One Wild Song A Voyage in a Lost Son’s Wake

By Paul Heiney Published by Adlard Coles Nautical, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc 230 pages hardcover $26 In 1988, British TV presenter Paul Heiney and his wife, Libby Purves, and their two small children sailed all the way around Great Britain on their Cornish pilot cutter. Heiney’s son Nicholas shared his love of sailing, and by age twenty-one he had sailed across the Atlantic and Pacific oceans on a tall ship. Tortured by mental illness for…

Book Review

Kiteboarding: Where It’s At…

By Chris Szepessy

Kiteboarding: Where It’s At…

By Alex Hapgood Published by Adlard Coles Nautical, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc 190 pages paperback $30 In his introduction to Kiteboarding: Where It’s At…, author Alex Hapgood recounts a telephone call from Bloomsbury Publishing in which the caller said, “We’ve been taking a look around and there aren’t many books about kiteboarding. Do you fancy putting one together?” Well, our friends at the British publishing house chose the right man for the job. An avid…

Book Review

The Cape Horners’ Club Tales of triumph and disaster at the world’s most feared cape

By Chris Szepessy

The Cape Horners’ Club Tales of triumph and disaster at the world’s most feared cape

By Adrian Flanagan Published by Adlard Coles Nautical, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing, Plc 296 pages hardcover $27 Located off the southernmost tip of South America, Cape Horn has some of the world’s fiercest weather. With no other land to the east or west all the way around the globe, it is the only ‘choke point’ in the Southern Ocean. Powerful winds, huge waves and treacherous currents that have traveled thousands of unimpeded miles encounter resistance on…

Book Review

Deep Water Blues

By Chris Szepessy

Deep Water Blues

By Fred Waitzkin Illustrated by John Mitchell Published by Open Road Integrated Media, Inc. 143 pages paperback $17.99 On the remote Bahamian island of Rum Cay, expatriate American entrepreneur Bobby Little, a master chef and former skateboarding champion, surfer and undercover DEA agent, has built a small marina that caters to wealthy sportsmen in search of the huge blue marlin in the cobalt waters. One night, however, as millionaire clients are enjoying fine French cuisine in the…

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Where the Magic Happens: How a Young Family Changed Their Lives and Sailed Around the World

By Chris Szepessy

Where the Magic Happens: How a Young Family Changed Their Lives and Sailed Around the World

By Caspar Craven Published by Adlard Coles Nautical, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing, Plc   306 pages   hardcover   $25 In 2009, with two kids in diapers and a third on the way, Caspar Craven and his wife Nichola hatched a plan to sail around the world. Although Caspar was an experienced yachtsman with a ‘round-the-world race under his belt, Nichola had never sailed out of sight of land. And they did not own a boat. Taking out a…

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