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.

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

By Chris Szepessy

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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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Untie the Lines: Setting sail and breaking free

By Chris Szepessy

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By Emma Bamford Published by Adlard Coles Nautical, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing, Plc   310 pages   paperback   $15     Our introduction to author, journalist and sailor Emma Bamford was her first book, Casting Off (our review is archived at windcheckmagazine.com). Her ‘fairly normal life’ as a reporter in London was boring, working 80 hours a week was stressful, and her love life was non-existent. Answering a ‘crew wanted’ ad on the internet, she decided to take…

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Game of Sails: An Olympic Love Story

By Chris Szepessy

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By Carol Newman Cronin Published by Live Wire Press   282 pages   paperback Poised to qualify for the US Olympic Team in the singlehanded “Solo” class, Casey Morgan’s life take an unexpected turn when another sailor, Spencer Harding, capsizes on top of her just before the start of a race. While Spencer’s full-time job as a sailmaker precludes training and competing with anything like Casey’s intensity and fierce determination, he’s a talented designer who happens to be developing…

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Corinthian Resolve: The Story of the Marion-Bermuda Race

By Chris Szepessy

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By Mark J. Gabrielson Published by the Marion-Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race Association, Inc.   148 pages   hardcover   $50 Since the very first Marion-Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race in 1977, this biennial event has embraced a Corinthian spirit, with all yachts and sailors (many of them families) participating for the joy and pleasure of sailing, competition, and the camaraderie that develops from making an offshore passage to a rendezvous on one of the world’s loveliest islands. Well crafted by author…

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A Pair of Paddling Classics: Paddling My Own Canoe: A solo adventure on the coast of Moloka’i and Paddling North: A solo adventure along the Inside Passage

By Chris Szepessy

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By Audrey Sutherland Published by Patagonia Edition   171 and 303 pages   paperback   $16.95 each In the world of adventure paddling, Audrey Sutherland is a legend and a true heroine. Known and admired for her solo wilderness expeditions, Audrey’s philosophy was “Go simple, go solo, go now,” a mantra by which she lived fully until age 94. Audrey crossed the bar in 2015, and her friends at Patagonia are celebrating her remarkable life with updated commemorative editions of…

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Barons of the Sea: And their race to build the world’s fastest clipper ship

By Chris Szepessy

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By Steven Ujifusa Published by Simon & Schuster   427 pages   hardcover   $29.99 In the mid-nineteenth century, American clipper ships were the fastest boats on the water. These magnificent craft revolutionized global trade; their unprecedented speed allowing merchants to bring tea, silk, porcelain and other luxury goods from China to market twice as fast as rival ships from Great Britain. This commerce, with goods purchased with profits from the opium trade, fueled the United States’ growth into an…

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Sailing to the Edge of Time: The Promise, the Challenges, and the Freedom of Ocean Voyaging

By Chris Szepessy

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Published by Adlard Coles, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc 277 pages hardcover $28 A new book from John Kretschmer is always something to look forward to, and his latest, Sailing to the Edge of Time, may be his best yet. A gifted writer, photographer, sailor, philosopher and lecturer whose successful sail training business aboard his Kaufman 47 Quetzal utilizes a hands-on and uniquely philosophical approach to offshore sailing, John Kretschmer has completed twenty-six transatlantic and two…

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The Accidental Captain: The hilarious true-life adventures of the nerd who learned to sail across the Atlantic – eventually

By Chris Szepessy

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$12.95 paperback, $8.95 ebook Although well over 100 books have been reviewed in the pages of WindCheck, The Accidental Captain has the distinction of being the first to make this reviewer laugh before even opening it. On the cover is the smiling author, Glenn Patron, blissfully unconcerned by the imminent sinking of his somewhat-less-than-Bristol fashion vessel. She’s listing heavily to port, detritus-filled cockpit awash as gear floats away while he raises a glass in a toast to…

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Book Review: Finding Pax

By Chris Szepessy

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One Woman’s Journey for the Love of Her Wooden Boat Growing up on her family’s ranch in Oklahoma, Kaci Cronkhite never saw the ocean until she was 20. By the time she was 40, she’d sailed around the world. A voyage in 2001 brought her to Port Townsend, WA, and she remained in town for the Wooden Boat Festival. Finding herself temporarily grounded after the events of September 11, she decided to stay in the “City of…

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Uncharted Waters

By Chris Szepessy

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With an abiding, lifelong love of Lake Michigan inspired by the gift of A Childs’ Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson when she was a child, Mary McKSchmidt met the man she would marry, a self-described “boataholic” named Rubin, shortly after graduating from Michigan State University and was soon crewing on his Hobie Cat. Larger boats and adventures throughout the lakes would follow over the next three decades.

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