Reviews of current and new sailing titles

Book of the Brest Festival

2020-07-22T12:38:50+01:00 June 12th, 2020|Books, Features|

Celebrating Traditional Boats – Glorious Brest: the world's largest maritime festival in photographs by Nigel Pert & Dan Houston with a foreword by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston. Pub: Sea Vista Books, 2020, £17.80, softback, 100pp, 297 x 210mm, This is a book for anyone who likes old boats and the traditions of the sea. And of [...]

The Rigging Handbook – by Brion Toss

2020-06-18T23:02:46+01:00 February 13th, 2020|Books|

Incorporationg The Rigger's Apprentice and The Rigger's Locker "Once every few generations a writer comes along who adds to the real body of knowledge available to the ropeworking world, and here indeed is a first class practical book on rigging," is how the knot and ropework guru Des Pawson describes this book in its forword. [...]

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

2019-08-06T19:29:00+01:00 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+01:00 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 [...]