Amidst today’s tales of high-tech yacht design and the pros battling it out in seemingly impossible conditions, Second Wind is the gorgeously simple story of a man who loves two things: his boat and his family. A former Sunfish champion, Nathaniel Philbrick, who is also the author of the bestselling Heart of the Sea, begins his memoir years later when he is landbound, working and raising his two kids while his boat rots in the backyard. In a way that will be achingly familiar to anyone who’s ever sat at their desk and dreamed of the sailing of their youth, Philbrick then decides to return to the water. And with his family in tow, he sets his sights on the 1993 Sunfish North Americans. Heartwarming, honest and above all relatable, Second Wind is a story of family and love for a sport that transcends age.
Penguin Books, $17