DEAD ON THE WIND

Dead on the WindBY MARLIN BREE (MARLOR PRESS, 2014, 240 PAGES; $14.99 PAPER; $3.82 ON KINDLE)
REVIEW BY CHAS. HAGUE

One of my favorite cautionary sea stories comes from Marlin Bree’s Wake of the Green Storm. Author of five nonfiction books about sailing, Dead on the Wind is his first novel, a thriller set in the world of high-tech yacht racing.

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CONVERGENCE: A VOYAGE THROUGH FRENCH POLYNESIA

BY SALLY-CHRISTINE RODGERS (PARADISE CAY PUBLICATIONS, 2015, 140 PAGES, $24.95)
REVIEW BY BARRY SILVERMAN

Sailors dream of that once-in-a-lifetime voyage where they quickly complete what is often a difficult passage and then spend months lingering in exotic islands and harbors. Christine (first mate, wife, and our author) and Randy (skipper and owner of West Marine) lived out that dream with the help of an unusual boat, and a heavy dose of fortitude, skill, and luck. It is almost worth reading this book just to learn about the boat, Convergence.Convergence is a totally custom-designed and -built 67-foot cat-rigged ketch with an engine room you can stand up in. With a big-windowed doghouse, she is almost a motorsailer except that, under sail, she frequently makes 18 knots off the wind and has done 23. Their 3,000-mile crossing from California to Polynesia took only 15 days (averaging 200 miles every day!).

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VICTURA: THE KENNEDYS, A SAILBOAT, AND THE SEA

BY JAMES W. GRAHAM (FOREEDGE, IMPRINT OF THE UNIVERSITY PRESS OF NEW ENGLAND, 2014, 265 PAGES, 28 ILLUSTRATIONS, $29.95)
REVIEW BY JAMES WILLIAMS
CHARLOTTE HARBOR, FLORIDA

“I really don’t know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it’s because in addition to the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, and ships change, it’s because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it, we are going back from whence we came.”

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OSPREY SUMMER: A VERY AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

Osprey Summer: A Very American Experience (Voyager Book 4) by [Clayton, Sandra]by SANDRA CLAYTON (SANDRA CLAYTON, 2014; 244 PAGES, $13.95PAPERBACK, $4.99 DIGITAL)
REVIEW BY SUSAN LYNN KINGSBURY
PORT LUDLOW, WASHINGTON

Number four in Sandra Clayton’s Voyageur Series, Osprey Summer reads like a logbook and chronicles Sandra’s and her husband’s journey along the United States Atlantic Coast. Her account is intricately detailed and there are chapters for each of the states explored, beginning with Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina and heading north to Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and everything in between. Readers will find maps of the East Coast areas cruised, and a glossary of sailing terms is also conveniently included.

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JACK TAR AND THE BABOON WATCH: A GUIDE TO CURIOUS NAUTICAL KNOWLEDGE FOR LANDLUBBERS AND SEA LAWYERS ALIKE

Jack Tar and the Baboon Watch: A Guide to Curious Nautical Knowledge for Landlubbers and Sea Lawyers AlikeBY CAPTAIN FRANK LANIER (INTERNATIONAL MARINE/MCGRAW-HILL EDUCATION, 2015, 194 PAGES, $16.00 PAPERBACK/$9.49 DIGITAL)
REVIEW BY CAROLYN CORBETT
LAKE SHORE, MINNESOTA

Jack Tar and the Baboon Watch is quirky, informative and fun — a great reference for those who love the water and those who stay ashore. Subtitled A Guide to Curious Nautical Knowledge for Landlubbers and Sea Lawyers Alike, Captain Frank Lanier’s book is a collection of unusual nautical “memorabilia.”

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