Books+Media

While your smartphone or tablet will never take the place of your other onboard electronics, it never hurts to have a backup. Loading up with a bunch of apps to help you get from point A to point B can also be a lot of fun, whether you’re underway or planning your next cruise from the comfort of your office or living room. Here are a few we’d recommend.

Pick Up and Go

by Rebecca Waters, Posted April 21, 2008
We’ve all dreamed of traveling the world—not just a quick vacation, but a real globe-trotting adventure. For most of us, the realities interfered with the dreams. How do you finance a year of travel, where should you go, what is the best way to get there, and what do you do about visas, vaccines, and viruses? In The Practical Nomad, Edward Hasbrouck—renowned travel writer and ex-travel

You Want to Go Where?

by David Schmidt, Posted September 21, 2010
Need a sponsor to make your sailing dreams a reality? If so, You Want to Go Where?: How to Get Someone to Pay for the Trip of Your Dreams should definitely be on your must-read list. Author Jeff Blumenfeld, a lifelong sailor and public relations expert, distills a number of sophisticated ways of wooing prospective sponsors into digestible nuggets in this well-written look at what it

The Volvo Race's Storied Past

by Sail Staff, Posted September 19, 2012
For those wondering about all that talk of the “good old days” in the Volvo Ocean Race, there could be no better primer than the recently published Sailing Legends: Whitbread/Volvo Ocean Race 1973-2009, by veteran sailing journalists Bob Fisher and Barry Pickthall.

Top 5 Apps for 2013

by Donald McLennan, Posted January 20, 2014
Since October of 2012, I’ve been using this space to review smartphone apps for SAIL readers. I’ve looked at the best apps for AIS, anchoring and navigation. I’ve tested new apps for boat logs, knot-tying and chartplotting. And when I wanted to send a postcard of my boat from a far-off sea, I found that, yes, there’s an app for that, too.

Meltdown

by David Schmidt, Posted March 19, 2008
Adventure annals are rife with mystery. Take George Mallory and Andrew Irving’s 1924 Mount Everest attempt; the two vanished, their fate murky until their mummified corpses were recently found. In sailing, what happened to Donald Crowhurst (and why) during the 1968–69 Golden Globe Race, the first nonstop solo-circumnavigation race, is equally ambiguous. His boat, Teignmouth Electron, was

Do Whales get the Bends?

by Rebecca Fenton, Posted September 23, 2010
Ever wondered why the sea is blue or a knot is called a knot? Retired marine biologist Tony Rice answers these and scores of other questions about the sea in a book that is as fascinating as it is informative. Complex and densely packed with diagrams and statistics, the book makes entertaining and occasionally challenging reading; it is best savored one entry at a time. In one of his more complex

The Vendee Globe Firsthand

by Adam Cort, Posted November 24, 2012
Few of us will ever experience a Vendée Globe race firsthand. But readers can now get at least a taste of what it’s like, thanks to Rich Wilson’s book, Race France to France.
It didn’t take long for America’s Cup fans Diane Swintal, longtime cupinfo.com contributor Robert Kamins and photographer R. Steven Tsuchiya to put together their take on the 34th America’s Cup...

Liquid Logic

by Sail Staff, Posted March 20, 2008
Maritime journalist Dallas Murphy is on a quest to quell the alarmists, debunk the deniers, and depolarize the global-warming debate with an active, intelligent discussion of how man-made changes to the ocean ecosystem can have a lasting effect on the earth’s climate. To Follow the Water is a conversation starter that navigates readers through the annals of oceanography, catalogues the
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