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: Ferry to Cooperation Island

By Chris Szepessy

Book Review: Ferry to Cooperation Island

By Carol Newman Cronin Published by She Writes Press   357 pages   paperback   $16.95 A new book from our friend Carol Newman Cronin, an award-winning writer and editor as well as an Olympian, is always a treat. Scheduled for release in June, Carol’s newest novel might be her best yet. Fired from his job ferrying passengers from imaginary Brenton Island to Newport, Rhode Island after being caught with a small amount of contraband in his possession, Captain James…

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Book Review: Charting Your Course Toward a Comfortable Retirement

By Chris Szepessy

Book Review: Charting Your Course Toward a Comfortable Retirement

By Jon L. Ten Haagen, CFP® Published by Xlibris   83 pages   paperback   $15.99 “It is never too early or too late to start investing!” says Certified Financial Planner Jon Ten Haagen, who has written a very useful book about retirement planning. Topics covered – thoughtfully presented in terms that even this reviewer was able to understand! – include how to choose a qualified financial planner, creating a retirement budget, eradicating debt, the basics of investing, estate planning,…

Book Review

The Boundless Sea: A Human History of the Oceans

By Chris Szepessy

The Boundless Sea: A Human History of the Oceans

By David Abulafia Published by Oxford University Press 1,049 pages hardcover $39.95 The most scholarly tome ever reviewed on these pages – and at more than 1,000 pages also the weightiest – The Boundless Sea by David Abulafia describes how centuries of human navigation of the oceans shaped the world we know today. The main protagonists are the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans, which cover more than half of the Earth’s surface and comprise the vast majority…

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Dangerous Shallows: In Search of the Ghost Ships of Cape Cod

By Chris Szepessy

Dangerous Shallows: In Search of the Ghost Ships of Cape Cod

By Eric Takakjian and Randal Peffer Published by Lyons Press, an imprint of The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc. 272 pages paperback $19.95 Lying eastward and southeastward of Nantucket Island, the Nantucket Shoals is an area of treacherously shallow waters located just off a major transatlantic shipping lane. With depths as little as three feet and swirling currents, the shoals are designated by the International Maritime Organization as “an area to be avoided.” Hundreds of wrecks…

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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…

Book Review

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…

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