Reviews of current and new sailing titles

Hand, Reef and Steer: 2nd Edition by Tom Cunliffe

2019-08-06T19:29:00+00:00 July 30th, 2019|Books|

An update of the standard text for gaff rig sailors of cat boats, cutters, sloops, yawls, ketches and schooners – now with updated sections on modern gaffers, replicas and the big class. This is principally a book on rigging, sail trim, and handling and surely answers most of the questions you might have about your [...]

The Sea Takes No Prisoners by Peter Clutterbuck

2018-12-17T16:11:33+00:00 December 17th, 2018|Books|

It’s often the sailing of our youth that seems later to be the most vital and exciting. We look back at the times of danger and treat them like trophy sails, safe now in the cabinet of experience, to be revisited as something rather marvelous. This book by Peter Clutterbuck has more than its fair [...]

The Magnificent Sixes by Tim Street

2018-12-17T11:19:44+00:00 December 17th, 2018|Books|

  A Century of Six Metres Since 1907 the Metre Boats have both fascinated and challenged the very best designers of each age to produce boats for the very best helmsmen and crews to compete in the most prestigious international events. As a development class, the Six Metres have been the test-bed for innovative designs [...]

The Piper Calls the Tune by Euan Ross

2018-12-19T13:40:46+00:00 December 11th, 2018|Books|

This is the Second Edition of a book which set out to tell the story of the famous Pipers – a One Design Class which originated in the 1960s on the Clyde, and its impressive designer David Boyd. The new edition opens up the story some with more of Boyd's significent designs, though without losing [...]

The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey by Patrick O’Brian

2019-05-21T23:43:46+00:00 November 3rd, 2018|Books|

There is a peculiar appropriateness and not a little poignancy about this final episode of O'Brian's sweeping saga of Naval life – and so much else – in the early 19th century. It's an unfinished  work – barely started actually, when he died in 2000. Written after Blue at the Mizzen this is a final [...]

Messing About in Boats by John R Muir

2018-10-31T13:52:52+00:00 October 15th, 2018|Books|

A charming and evocative account of leisure sailing – plus a bit of work on boats – in UK waters in the 1930s and 40s recounted with humour by naval surgeon John Muir. This is the ideal Christmas fireside antidote to Tilman, with an introduction by Sam Llewellyn and cover illustration by Martyn Mackrill. £12.00 [...]

That Hamilton Woman by Barry Gough

2018-10-31T12:09:30+00:00 October 12th, 2018|Books|

This pocket hardback takes its title from a classic black-and-white Hollywood movie from 1941 starring Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier. But this is the almost incredible story of Emma Hamilton, Admiral Nelson’s famous mistress, and it shows her part in his fame and success. It's a superb read! DMH £12.99  

Heavy Weather Sailing by Peter Bruce

2018-10-31T15:32:48+00:00 October 2nd, 2018|Books|

Now in its 7th edition this is the bible for the offshore sailor and a good, nay essential book to digest before planning a cruise anywhere out of coastal waters. It has up to date experiences from experts advice like Ewan Southby-Tailyour, Larry and Lin Pardey and Alex Whitworth and a new foreword from Sir [...]

Forgotten Songs and Stories of the Sea by Caroline Rochford

2018-10-31T15:43:32+00:00 September 28th, 2018|Books|

This is as much a compendium of fascinating stories as a collection of songs (the songs sadly have no tunes for those can read music). But still you’ll find yourself reading and reading it. It’s well written and full of stuff you almost certainly haven’t heard of! And yes it does look like maritime is [...]