By Priscilla Travis
Published by Cornell Maritime Press, a division of Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
544 pages, hardcover $35

If you’re thinking about getting started in sailing – or are already on the water and dreaming about sailing to far-off destinations – the Mariner’s Guide to Nautical Information belongs in your library. Author and professional mariner Priscilla Travis has compiled more than 2,000 nautical terms and topics in this alphabetically-arranged and comprehensive resource, along with a wealth of practical advice gleaned from over four decades on the water.

Topics include the Rules of the Road, cruising under sail and power, marine electronics, navigation and communication, weather, safety-at-sea, spoken nautical language and much more. You can use the topic index to test your knowledge, and there’s an extensive annotated bibliography comprising hundreds of relevant publications and online resources. Illustrated with 196 photographs and line drawings, this book would make a much-appreciated excellent gift for the sailor(s) in your life.

Priscilla Travis has logged more than 85,000 sea miles, with 4,000 as a solo skipper. Among the many voyages she’s completed are a high latitude transatlantic passage to Scotland, a mostly singlehanded circumnavigation of the British Isles, two circumnavigations of Ireland, and three trips above the Arctic Circle. A member of the Ocean Cruising Club, the Seven Seas Cruising Association and the Chesapeake Area Professional Captains Association who holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100-Ton Master’s license, Priscilla teaches sailing to adults. She lives in Chester, MD. ■