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The Mirror Book. 

Mirror Sailing from Start to Finish by Peter Aitken & Tim Davison This book tells you everything you need to know about sailing the bermuda and gaff-rigged Mirror. Packed with practical advice and illustrated with step-by-step photographs, it teaches you how to sail the UK’s most iconic and best-loved dinghy – there are over 70,000 …

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Books on Sailing – FOR SALE

SAILING has a massive library of books for sale – with the oldest dating way back to 1863 (yes, 1863!) – covering almost every single conceivable subject on the sport from anchoring to yarns. Authors include Bernard Moitessier; Uffa Fox, Sir Francis Chichester; Erick Hiscock and many, many more. If you are interested in buying …

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Book Review. SAIL & Rig. The Tuning Guide.

Book Review. SAIL & Rig. The Tuning Guide. By Magne Klann & Øyvind Bordal Published by Fernihurst Books Info & Orders HERE This book is ultimately the complete guide to sail trim and rigging to make the boat sail faster and safer. With hundreds of colour photographs and illustrations throughout, the text is concise and …

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Book Review. Multihull Seamanship

Book Review. Multihull Seamanship by Gavin Le Sueur Published by Fernhurst Books Orders & Enquiries HERE This book has been one of the most popular books SAILING Books has ever had as multihull sailors are starved of good info on this aspect of their boats and the sport. This new volume has been updated and …

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Book Review. Knox-Johnston on Seamanship & Seafaring

Book Review Knox-Johnston on Seamanship & Seafaring by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston Published by Fernhurst Books Orders & Enquiries HERE It is fitting that this book has been published just days before the Falmouth Parade of Sail for Suhaili and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston on Sunday 14 June. On 14th June 1968 Robin Knox-Johnston set sail from …

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Book Review. Tactics to Win

Tactics to Win by Nick Craig Published by Fernhurst Books Orders & enquiries: books@sailing.co.za Gold medallist Saskia Clark writes in the Foreword to this book: “Boatspeed is what most sailors concentrate on because, if you are faster than the other boats, you are going to win! However most top boats in a class go at …

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Book Review. Exposed. The Dark Side of the America’s Cup.

Exposed. The Dark Side of the America’s Cup. By Alan Sefton and Larry Keating Published by Bloomsbury Orders & Enquiries from: books@sailing.co.za There has always been a massive amount of intrigue as to the real inner workings of the America’s Cup and the authors of this book exposes much of that. Alan Sefton is a …

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Book Review. Lost & Found

Sir John Franklin’s ‘Erebus’ and ‘Terror’ Expedition Lost & Found by Gillian Hutchinson Published by Bloomsbury For history buffs and those fascinated by the North-West Passage, this book has it all in terms of expeditions, history, intrigue, human endeavour and indeed the jubilation and revelations of wrecks being found almost 170 years later. The 1845 …

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Book Review. Rogue Waves

Published by Bloomsbury Review by Richard Crockett I have for many years now I have firmly believed that the term Rogue Wave is far preferable to that of Freak Wave. It’s simply because Rogue Waves do exist, that we have to be aware of them, and that there is nothing ‘freaky’ about them. We now …

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Book Review. 200,000 Miles – A Life of Adventure

                                The author needs no introduction as he has, for decades now, produced the finest guides for cruisers, including ‘World Cruising Routes’, ‘World Cruising Destinations’ and ‘World Voyage Planner’. Cornell is not a man who sits back and writes about …

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Book Review. Marine Diesel Basics

Sub head. The First Visual Guide to Marine Diesel Systems Diesel engines are the single most problematic issue many boat owners face. Not because they have specified the incorrect engine, but simply as there are many aspects that can go wrong. And things do go wrong. This book describes issues in a very clear and …

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Yacht Were You Thinking?

An A-Z of Boat Names Good and Bad. By Jonathan Eyers review by Richard Crockett Boat names are something we all have different thoughts on. Some we love, some we hate and at others we simply shake our heads in despair as they are quite simply embarrassing. Good ones are very rare. One also needs …

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Book Review. Voyaging with Kids

A guide to family life afloat. by Behan Gifford, Sarah Dawn Johnson & Michael Robertson review by Richard Crockett So many dreams of sailing the world are dashed because families cannot reconcile the matter of kids aboard. Hopefully this book will dispel that and turn dreams into realities. After all, heading out to sea with …

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Book Review. The Laser Book (6th edition)

by Tim Davidson review by Richard Crockett The sub-head reads ‘Laser Sailing from Start to Finish’ – so this book covers EVERY aspect of Laser sailing. There are two important aspects about this book. Firstly it is bang up-to-date and covers the new Mk2 sail and top section mast, and secondly it has input from …

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Book Review. Chasing the Cup. 

My America’s Cup Journey by Jimmy Spithill, with Rob Mundle Review by Richard Crockett Born with physical disabilities, Spithill was bullied as a child at school, yet this made him even more determined to succeed in everything he did. Born into a poor family, he did not have the ‘nice’ things other kids had, but …

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