A Passion for the Sea

'What Jimmy Cornell doesn't know about cruising isn't worth knowing' (Yachting World)

One of the most influential cruising yachtsmen writing today, Jimmy Cornell has sailed over 200,000 miles in more than thirty years on the oceans, including three circumnavigations and voyages to the Arctic and Antarctic. His successful guide to sailing around the world, World Cruising Routes, has helped many aspirational voyagers turn their dreams into reality and follow in his footsteps.

In this new book, Jimmy tells the story of his own travels in great detail. Decades of offshore sailing experience are distilled into this colourful account, which is packed with valuable observations, spiced up with entertaining anecdotes, and illustrated with brilliant photos from along the way.

Much more than just an exciting report of his adventures, Jimmy draws on his experiences to share practical tips for those inspired to follow his example, along with important technical information

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Adventures of a a Reluctant Boating Wife

When I was first invited by my future husband to look at his pride and joy, I, the innocent invitee, happily conjured up alluring pictures of me in a new bikini and a great suntan. It didn't occur to me that 'see my boat' might mean actually going out in the wretched tub in the winter. But I was newly in love and would have - in fact did - follow him anywhere. However, I quickly realised that crew require that geometrical, spatial capability that I simply don't have. By the time I've worked out the wind direction, the required point of sailing, the angle of the sail, where the tiller is and where it should be, we've perished. Anything that happens on water arouses a primal suspicion in me.'

Before she realises what she's done, Angela has not only married a mad sailor, but has also agreed to go out on the water with him, in a boat they've bought, right out to sea... In this funny and engaging tale Angela graduates from reluctance to relish; from skepticism to skippering, as she is gradually drawn into the boating lifestyle, home and abroad.

Illustrated with wonderful cartoons by David Semple, this is a stylish book and a thoroughly enjoyable read.

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Against the Flow

In 2006, Dee Caffari became the first woman to sail solo round the world against the prevailing winds and currents. Her story is an adventure in the true sense of the word. It is about physical hardship in terrible conditions, overcoming solitude, sleep deprivation, the worry of crucial equipment failing, 34 days of gales, 12 metre waves, cyclones and a lightning strike. It is also about a woman who stepped outside her safe zone, gave up a good job and financial security, all because she wanted to sail. She dared to dream, and her courage resulted in a place in the history books alongside a handful of men. More people have walked on the moon than have successfully completed a west-about circumnavigation, and in this inspirational book Dee shares the story of her journey from beginner to record breaker

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Boat Handling under Sail and Power

This book will help you handle your yacht smoothly, safely and without fuss. It explains the principles needed to master each situation, letting you work with your yacht rather than against it.

You will discover how to asses your boat’s individual characteristics, how to read the wind and stream and how to recognise the impossible manoeuvre. You will also learn how to cope when the engine fails, when someone falls overboard, and other problems rear their ugly heads.

With diagrams and photographs to illustrate the principles, you will become adept at handling your boat under both sail and power.

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Buying a Yacht

Buying a boat can be a minefield, but a handbook like this will make it a lot easier for would-be boat owners to make sensible, informed choices.

Whether buying a new or second-hand boat, would-be owners will gain expert advice on topics including:

  • The type of boat best suited to their needs

  • Where to find it (brokers, etc)

  • What to look out for

  • How to assess it (especially important for secondhand boats)

  • Questions to ask

  • Setting a realistic budget

  • Finding a mooring

  • Insurance

  • Documentation required

Lively, modern and attractive, and illustrated with colour photographs throughout, this guide is packed with checklists and insights from real owners who share their experiences. Armed with this book, would-be boat owners are far more likely to end up with the right boat for them!

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Can Squid fly

Using the same question and answer format of his highly successful first book Do Whales Get the Bends?, marine expert Tony Rice sets out to answer another selection of general interest questions about the sea, sea life and man's relationship with the oceans. Questions tackled in this book include: * Did the Mediterranean once dry up? * What are sea wasps? * Why is a ship's control room called a bridge? * What is the Pacific Garbage Patch? * What causes the Northern/Southern Lights? Written in the same entertaining style as the first book, and once again illustrated with black and white line drawings, Can Squid Fly? will answer these and many more intriguing questions. Inspired by questions raised whilst the author was a guest lecturer on cruise ships, this fascinating and informative book is a light-hearted yet surprisingly informative read for anyone interested in the sea. Each bite-sized entry is no more than two or three pages long, making it ideal to dip into. PB 160pp

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Day Skipper Exercises for Power and Sail

Day Skipper Exercises is a partner to the Day Skipper for Sail and Power course book, providing extra practice for students, helping them to absorb the theory in the main book. It contains practice test papers with fully explained answers, on all parts of the Day Skipper course, whether sail or power. It covers:

  • Chartwork
  • Tides
  • Pilotage and passage planning
  • Seamanship
  • Anchorwork
  • Ropework
  • Rules of the road

A free practice chart is included, as well as extracts from tide tables, tidal curves, almanacs and pilotage notes so that students can complete the questions without the need for any other material.

It is an ideal exam revision guide and invaluable practice for anyone wanting to brush up on their practical navigation skills. This second edition is updated throughout to take in the latest changes to the syllabus.

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Day Skipper for Sail and Power

Day Skipper for Sail and Power is a major reference book for anyone following the RYA Day Skipper course. Brought thoroughly up-to-date with new developments and covering all the theory and practical aspects of the RYA Day Skipper Certificate with full colour photography, helpful diagrams and worked examples, it is also a clear and comprehensive manual for anyone intending to make coastal passages in a small boat, covering:

  • seamanship
  • safety equipment
  • preventing collisions at sea
  • navigation and chart work
  • tides and tidal streams
  • pilotage
  • passage planning
  • weather
  • engine operation and maintenance
  • the most up-to-date VHF radio procedures

With its refreshingly practical approach and by the same author as the highly successful Yachtmaster for Sail and Power, no one intending to follow an RYA Day Skipper course whether for sail or power can afford to be without this lively, helpful guide to complement the course and assist with exam preparation.

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Flip Cards Lights and Shapes

An extremely useful set of cards which makes a difficult subject much easier. Each card shows a vessel's display of night-time navigation lights (in colour) or daytime shapes, as seen from your position. In the case of the cards showing lights the vessel's silhouette is just discernible. The meaning is shown on the back of the cards as usual. This set has been a "best seller" for over 40 years because learning the lights and shapes is a major part of a mariner's study and without Flip Cards it's not easy.

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Mediterranean Recipes to Enjoy with Friends

Polly is a yacht chef and at her table sit the UK's A-LIST CELEBS. She produces top restaurant-quality eating for her guests and has schmoosed many recipes from the best of the Med's talented cooks. Good cooks are always looking for new, stylish eating to expand their repertoire. Here are the recipes that are served to the beautiful people on their million ? yachts! Yet because they are sometimes prepared in a galley that's moving through 40›, they are surprisingly uncomplicated and reliable. A caring approach for busy, modern cooks. Full of anecdotal asides and tips. Food that's vibrant, colourful and enticing. HB 144p

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RYA Competent Crew

RYA Competent Crew Skills is the official companion for the RYA’s popular Competent Crew Course. Over 12,000 people, with no sailing experience, successfully complete the course every year.

This book has been written using the experience of hundreds of experienced instructors. The techniques shown are tried and tested and suitable for most types of cruisers.

It is designed to assist you in understanding new concepts and in particular to help you remember some of the unique terminology that is used in the world of boating.

It is an excellent starting point for those undertaking their first boating experience in order to make sense of the first few days on board or as a handy reference book for those returning to the sport after time away from it.

This new edition has been updated to include motor vessels in order to appeal to both sail and power readers; the illustrations have been completely modernised and the look and feel of the layout has benefitted from an overall redesign.


The book supports the RYA five-day course where you will learn basic crewing skills, and it will give you an edge…A must read for anyone contemplating qualifying as competent crew… Sailing for Southern Africa, November 2014

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RYA G158 Yachtmaster Scheme Syllabus and Logbook

This new book provides detailed information about the structure and content of the practical and shorebased courses for both sail and motor cruising with the RYA Yachtmaster Scheme.

The RYA’s renowned practical training is complemented by a structured shorebased learning process on the theory of navigation, safety, seamanship and by specialist one-day courses on skills such as first aid and sea survival.

This book informs you of what to expect when taking any RYA sail or motor cruising course and also provides pages for you to log your progress and keep your certificates. Your personal boating experience, from starting out up to RYA Yachtmaster Ocean, will be enhanced by this book.

This book effectively combines, updates and replaces RYA Sail Cruising & Yachtmaster Scheme Syllabus and Logbook (G15) and RYA Motor Cruising & Yachtmaster Scheme Syllabus and Logbook (G18). It also introduces new courses and clarifies pre-exam requirements for all RYA Yachtmaster exams.

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RYA G25 Diesel Engine Handbook

The latest edition to the best selling RYA Handbook series is written for the leisure boat owner. Easy to follow text and beautifully detailed colour illustrations enable the reader to develop the knowledge and confidence required by all diesel engine boat owners. The official course book for the RYA One-day Diesel Engine Course, it is also an invaluable reference book. Includes CD-ROM Suck, Squeeze, Bang, Blow. Nick Ealey of Sea Start gives expert instruction as he takes you step by step through maintenance, fault finding and top tips.

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RYA G43 Sea Survival Handbook

This book is the official text for the RYA Basic Sea Survival Course and the RYA/ISAF Offshore Safety Course and supports ISAF approved Offshore Personal Survival courses. It also highlights the importance of having the correct safety equipment and will also give you the knowledge of how and when to use it, making it invaluable for anyone who takes a boat offshore for racing or cruising.

This new edition has also been updated to include the syllabus for the ISAF Offshore Personal Survival Course and the latest information on sea survival. It is divided into two parts so that it more closely matches the syllabi of the two courses and supports other ISAF approved Offshore Personal Survival courses. Chapters include:

  • Before you leave
  • Calling for Help
  • Understanding Weather
  • MOB Prevention
  • Fire Control

This book is written by Keith Colwell who works at the RNLI as a Community Incident Reduction Manager, managing a large team of volunteer safety advisers, who provide a safety advice service to the both the boating and general public. Keith is an RYA Yachtmaster, an RYA Powerboat Instructor, a SRC instructor/assessor and RYA and STCW’95 Sea Survival Instructor.

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RYA G70 Yachtmaster Handbook

The RYA Yachtmaster Handbook is the first official and definitive guide for anyone preparing for the world-renowned RYA Yachtmaster Offshore and Coastal examinations. It will not only appeal to both leisure sailors and motor cruisers; there is a section covering commercial endorsement requirements for those who wish to use their qualification professionally.

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RYA G71 Day Skipper Handbook Sail

This is the official handbook supporting the RYA Day Skipper Sail Course and is ideal for anyone looking to brush up on their knowledge to this level. It gives great practical and detailed advice on key skills, expanding on the course companion notes.

Being a good skipper is not difficult; it requires essential skills, knowledge, experience, patience, good communication and at times a sense of humour! This book is engagingly written and highly illustrated with the aim of equipping you with that essential knowledge and set of skills to help you build up your experience.

It leads you through practical advice on Day Skippering in three logical sections:

  • Practical Skills
  • Navigation & Passage Making
  • Safety

It covers all the theoretical and practical aspects of the RYA Day Skipper Sail syllabus and gives you all you need to know to take a small yacht on a short passage safely.

In addition to the practical advice on aspects of Day Skippering, extensive focus is given to safety planning skills such as life-saving signals, simple engine repair and preparation for bad weather.

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Reading the Clouds

Wouldn't it be useful to be able to accurately predict the weather simply by reading the clouds? Well, with this book, you can!

TV forecasts, online predictions and smartphone apps are all based on the same data – a number-crunched overview of how air pressure and temperature affect the weather across a large geographical area.

But to get an idea of how the weather will develop for the precise spot where you're standing (or walking, sailing, golfing, fishing, etc) you don't need any equipment or a wifi connection – you just need to look up.

This book will give you a broad understanding of why the clouds are symptoms of weather patterns, not causes. By reading these signs in the sky and referring to the explanatory colour photographs, you will discover exactly what those signs mean.

An at-a-glance guide to the clouds for anyone anywhere in the world, on land or at sea, this book will enable you to predict the weather by recognising cloud types, shapes, colour and behaviour. It will be an invaluable companion for anyone who enjoys outdoor activities.

With a Foreword by Tom Cunliffe.

'Well researched - practical information in an easy to assimilate form' - Professor Richard Collier, former President of the Royal Meteorological Society

'So good that my Yachtmaster candidates would do well to read it. I learned something from this book. I bet you do too' - Tom Cunliffe, author of The Complete Day Skipper and The Complete Yachtmaster

'Absolutely brilliant; a must for anyone who does anything outside and for whom the weather might be important. Everyone, wherever they are in the world, will get something from this book' - Duncan Wells, author of Stress-Free Sailing and Stress-Free Motorboating

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Reeds Cooking at Sea

Getting breakfast, lunch and dinner from tins quickly becomes boring, but it is relatively easy to prepare and cook interesting, varied and delicious meals with the minimum of space, equipment and – most importantly – hassle.

This handy pocket-sized reference book is packed with invaluable advice for feeding a hungry crew for a weekend, a week, a month or even a long-term cruise or ocean passage. A third of the book contains simple but delicious recipe ideas, but most of the book is packed with tips, tricks and guidance from someone who learnt all the secrets (and the pitfalls) during a 2-year cruise with only a single paraffin burner.

The book covers: cooking whilst underway; cooking in harbour; food storage tips; how to equip or modify the galley for weekend or long-term cruising; how to provision and plan for coastal cruises or ocean passages; preparing freshly caught fish; baking bread aboard; using a pressure cooker; speed cooking; different foods available in different climates; and much, much more.

Keeping food interesting is important, and this colourful aide-mémoire makes cooking at sea simpler, safer and more enjoyable for all aboard.

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Reeds Crew Handbook

The Reeds Skipper's Handbook, now in its 6th edition, has been a bestseller since first publication 20 years ago. Now for the first time, here is the Reeds Crew Handbook for skippers to hand to new and aspiring crew. It will give them all the essential knowledge they need to undertake the tasks traditionally handled by crew aboard any size of yacht, including:

Steering (both with a tiller and a wheel)

Raising, dropping and reefing a sail

Boat handling (using tide, wind, etc)

Handling lines (throwing, coiling, lassoing, etc)

Tying up a boat on a pontoon and against a quay wall

Attaching bow and stern lines and springs

Handling an anchor

Using the radio

Basic first aid

Essential knots

Presented in bite-sized topics in a very accessible and undaunting fashion, and packed with colour illustrations to guide crew through each task, the Reeds Crew Handbook will prove an invaluable primer for new crew before going to sea, and a handy pocket-sized aide-memoire for experienced crew when under sail.

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Reeds Nautical Almanac 2021

Reeds Nautical Almanac is the indispensable trusted annual compendium of navigational data for yachtsmen and motorboaters, and provides all the information required to navigate Atlantic coastal waters around the whole of the UK, Ireland, Channel Islands and the entire European coastline from the tip of Denmark right down to Gibraltar, Northern Morocco, the Azores and Madeira.

The 2021 edition continues the Almanac's tradition of year on year improvement and meticulous presentation of all the data required for safe navigation. Now with an improved layout for easier reference and with over 45,000 annual changes, it is regarded as the bible of almanacs for anyone going to sea.

The 2021 edition is updated throughout, containing over 45,000 changes, and includes: 700 harbour chartlets; tide tables and tidal streams; buoyage and lights; 7,500 waypoints; invaluable passage notes; distance tables; radio, weather and safety information; first aid section. Also: a free Marina Guide.

Also available: free supplements of up-to-date navigation changes from January to June at: www.reedsnauticalalmanac.co.uk

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Reeds Skipper's Handbook

The Reed's Skipper's Handbook, now in its 6th edition, has been a bestseller since first publication. A handy pocket size, it is an aide-memoire of everything a boater would need to know at sea. Packed with a wide range of information in a concise form it is frequently recommended by Yachtmaster Instructors as a quick reference guide and as a revision aid for anyone taking their Day Skipper and Yachtmaster certificates.

The 6th edition has been expanded with helpful new material on boat handling, tides, ropework and general seamanship.

'A terrific little volume' Motorboat & Yachting

'A brilliant guide for beginners and an excellent refresher for more advanced skippers... a top rate book' Waterstones

'Everything you would need to know when going to sea in a yacht or small boat...a humdinger of a little book' Nautical Magazine

Reeds Skipper's Handbook is a must for anyone going to sea in any size of boat - be they novice or old hand. Many thousands of skippers and crew have found it invaluable as a memory jogger and fresher whether at sea or on land.

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Reeds Weather Handbook

Weather determines when we sail, where we sail to – and whether we arrive safely. This essential pocket-sized guide, now revised for its second edition, equips the reader with all the necessary tools to predict and deal with local and distant weather conditions, whether on a day trip or a longer cruise, along the coast or further offshore.

Each topic is broken down into digestible chapters, explaining the origins and effects of the full spectrum of weather conditions, including:

- using and evaluating weather forecasts

- depressions, fronts, isobars and other coastal effects

- waves and swell

- weather lore and sky watching.

Meteorology is still advancing and sources of forecasts are changing. This new edition keeps the handbook up-to-date, with a particular focus on the increasing use of GRIB files, computer weather modelling and sources of forecasts, especially with the proliferation of computer forecasts becoming available free of charge.

With practical explanations and helpful diagrams and photographs, this is the ideal aide-memoire for skippers and crew, especially those studying for their Day Skipper and Yachtmaster exams.

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Sea Fishing River Cottage

From renowned fishing expert Nick Fisher comes this concise and beautifully illustrated guide to fishing along British coastline. All that's needed is a beach, pier, harbour, estuary or boat.

Nick covers all the basics, such as when and where to go fishing, and then profiles the sea fish that you are likely to catch (each one clearly photographed), covering their conservation status, season, habitat and method of catching. Next he gets down to the nitty gritty, with a guide to tackles, rods, reeds, rigs, knots and bait, and step-by-step advice on all the sea fishing techniques.

Once you've made your catch, there are 30 delicious recipes from River Cottage.

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The Skipper's Pocket book

A pocket database containing everything a busy skipper needs to know but might find hard to remember.

It is easy to take for granted how much a skipper needs to know: Navigation, how to pilot the boat into a new harbour, using the radio, checking the engine, keeping an eye out for things that need repair, monitoring the weather, feeding the crew and much, much more!

This pocketbook is designed as an aide-memoire with checklists to make life easier for busy skippers and a must-have reference for first-time skippers. It should also prove an invaluable reference book for the RYA Yachtmaster syllabus.

The book has been helping skippers for nearly 20 years and has now been edited and thoroughly updated by Yachtmaster Instructor and Examiner, Sara Hopkinson. (RYA and Yachtmaster are registered trademarks of the Royal Yachting Association.)

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Weather Companion

Splash-resistant flip-over cards, spiral bound. Ideal revision aid for the RYA courses, full-colour illustrations throughout. Covers weather prediction and understanding all the terms used in the broadcast forecasts. Spiral bound. 24pp.

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Weather Wise Reading Weather Signs

Weather Wise is a highly practical, lively and very accessible guide to weather phenomena for the outdoors enthusiast. Suitable for sailors, climbers, skiers, fishermen and golfers, it explains how forthcoming weather will affect them, how to predict what is coming and assess how severe it will be. No other weather book has the practical hands-on approach of Alan Watts, whose reputation for explaining complicated meteorological situations in an understandable way for the layperson is second to none. It will be a godsend to anyone pursuing an outdoor activity.

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Yachtmaster Exercises for Sail and Power

Yachtmaster for Sail and Power is a major reference book that has proved invaluable for the many sailors following the RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore course. This highly respected and refreshingly practical study guide covers the whole syllabus in detail, all illustrated with colour photographs, charts and worked examples throughout. It covers:

  • Chartwork - with useful worked examples
  • Electronic navigation - how to use the latest technology for safe navigation: radar, electronic chart plotting and GPS
  • Pilotage - buoyage fully explained and illustrated
  • Communications - information on current maritime communications including GMDSS
  • Weather - the elements of meteorology, weather sources and forecasts
  • Safety and survival - all the new SOLAS regulations detailed * Stability and buoyancy - the principles simply explained.

Including the latest updates, new artwork and a modern design, this fourth edition compliments the syllabus and assists with exam preparation - an essential companion for anyone enrolling on the RYA Yachtmaster course, whether for sail or power.

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Yachtmaster for Sail and Power

Yachtmaster for Sail and Power is a major reference book that has proved invaluable for the many sailors following the RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore course. This highly respected and refreshingly practical study guide covers the whole syllabus in detail, all illustrated with colour photographs, charts and worked examples throughout. It covers:

  • Chartwork - with useful worked examples
  • Electronic navigation - how to use the latest technology for safe navigation: radar, electronic chart plotting and GPS
  • Pilotage - buoyage fully explained and illustrated
  • Communications - information on current maritime communications including GMDSS
  • Weather - the elements of meteorology, weather sources and forecasts
  • Safety and survival - all the new SOLAS regulations detailed * Stability and buoyancy - the principles simply explained.

Including the latest updates, new artwork and a modern design, this fourth edition compliments the syllabus and assists with exam preparation - an essential companion for anyone enrolling on the RYA Yachtmaster course, whether for sail or power.

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Your First Atlantic Crossing

Answering all of the important questions, this book shows not just how to sail an ocean for the first time, but also how to enjoy it. There are insights into the social as well as nautical reality of preparing the boat, the comfort of having highly detailed plans, the inside story of life with a crew, coping with unexpected gales and calms, the live-or-die decision to keep watches or not and the ports of call from Spain to Tobago via the Atlantic islands and West Africa.

This fourth edition has been substantially expanded, with extra information on:

types of boat, anchoring, sleep and watch keeping

weather and climate, and the impact of Atlantic weather systems on timings and conditions of crossings

latest developments in technology (navigation, self steering, equipment)

alternatives to the standard routes across

sailing back from the US to the UK - this edition will get you home!

'I shall enjoy dipping into this dream maker, time and again...an excellent guide to the planning of your Atlantic crossing. Read all the other books but keep this one beside you' - Cruising Association

'Offers down to earth advice based on hard-won experience' - Yachting Monthly

'Covers everything the novice sailor needs to know for a voyage across the Atlantic' - Practical Boat Owner

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