Six New Reads for Summer

There’s nothing like a good book, whether you’re on passage or just hanging out in the cockpit at the marina. For those in search of a summer read, there are a number of great new titles to choose from.
Author:
Updated:
Original:

There’s nothing like a good book, whether you’re on passage or just hanging out in the cockpit at the marina. For those in search of a summer read, there are a number of great new titles to choose from.

For those with a taste for biography, there’s Herb McCormick’s As Long as It’s Fun, the story of Lin and Larry Pardey, and the twists and turns their lives have taken in the course of their 200,000 miles under sail. Whether it’s building their own boat or crossing oceans, this couple has done it all and the book truly serves as a living testament to their personal philosophy of “Go simple, go small, go now.” Paradise Cay Publications, paracay.com, $18.95 

At the other end of the spectrum of mariners is Hobie Cat founder, Hobart “Hobie” Alter, who passed away this past March (see Eight Bells; Hobie Alter) and whose exploits are document in Hobie: Master of Water, Wind and Waves, by Paul Holmes. A surfer-dude through and through, Alter made a name for himself shaping long boards before creating the 14-foot beach cat that would go on to change the sailing world. Packed with photos, the book provides a wonderful glimpse into both the Southern California beach scene and the early days of a new sailing ethos. Croul Publications LLC, croulpublications.com, $60

Of course, no list of marine titles would be complete without some storms at sea, and John Kretschmer’s Sailing a Serious Ocean and Michael Tougais and Douglas Campbell’s Rescue of the Bounty are two outstanding examples of this genre.

Sailing a Serious Ocean is especially satisfying, because it’s not just a collection of blood and guts sailing yarns, but a discussion of life offshore in general—there’s even a substantial section devoted to how Kretschmer found (and named) his current ride, the 47-foot Quetzal—all presented in the author’s own inimitable style. International Marine, internationalmarine.com, $24

Rescue of the Bounty, as the name indicates, is the story of the sinking of the tall ship Bounty during Hurricane Sandy, in 2012. The fact that this story hews closely to the well-established format that is the typical “tragedy at sea” tale makes it no less compelling. This is one of those books in which the sense of dread is palpable.  Simon & Schuster, simonandschuster.com, $25

Meanwhile, for the old salts in the audience there’s David Barrie’s Sextant: A Young Man’s Daring Sea Voyage and the Men Who Mapped the World’s Oceans; and Kings Marauder by Dewey Lambdin.

If you have even the slightest interest in history and mariners of old, Barrie’s Sextant is a must-read. Told through both his own personal experiences at sea and those of such mariners as Joshua Slocum and Capt. Cook, it makes for a compelling story that just might finally motivate even the laziest of us to figure out how one of those things works. William Morrow, sextantbook.wordpress.com, $25.99

Finally, there’s Dewey Lambdin’s Kings Marauder, the latest installment in the Alan Lewrie series. This time around, Lewrie not only has to contend with a crippling leg wound (a souvenir from an earlier engagement in Hostile Shores) but his current command is a pig of a boat at sea and his girlfriend isn’t talking to him anymore. “Mine arse in a bandbox!” as Lewrie would surely say. Luckily, his troubles make for great reading for the rest of us.  St. Martin’s Press, stmartins.com, $25.99

None of the above strike your fancy? Here are three other titles worth checking out:

Escape from Ensenada,

Ensenada%5B2%5D

by Harris T. Vincent: a light-hearted novel about three West Coast sailors on an adventure south of the border.

$18.31 (paperback) www.harristvincent.com

Victura:

Victura-book-cover100x

The Kennedys, a Sailboat, and the Sea, by James W. Graham: the story of four generations of the Kennedy clan and their love affair with the sloop Victura.

$22.99 www.thevictura.com

Rough Passage to London,

Rough-Passage%5B2%5D

by Robin Lloyd: a fictionalized accounted of a real square-rigger sailor named Capt. Elisha Ely Morgan.

$18.27 (hardcover) www.robinlloyd.org

Related

191114

Video: 11th Hour Racing Arrives in Brazil

Team 11th Hour Racing finished in fourth place this past week among the 29 IMOCA 60s competing in the 4,335-mile doublehanded Transat Jacques Vabre race from Le Havre, France, to Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. Aboard were American Charlie Enright and French sailor Pascal Bidégorry, ...read more

Video--Edmond-de-Rothschild-Maxi-tri-Pitstop

Video: Edmond de Rothschild Maxi-tri Pitstop

. On Sunday, after having been first across the equator in the Brest Atlantiques race , Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier aboard the Ultime maxi-tri Maxi Edmond de Rothschild reported they’d be making a pitstop in Salvador de Bahia, in Brazil, after damaging one of their ...read more

T31A4577

Cruising the Eagle Class 53

Sailing at 19 knots in 15 knots of breeze is not an earth-shattering experience anymore. I was thinking about that on a perfect late summer day in Narragansett Bay while we were slicing along on the most technologically advanced cruising catamaran I’ve ever seen—the Eagle Class ...read more

1.-Exterior-old-port-600x

Know-how: Replacing Portlights

Years ago when my wife and I were running sailboats in the Caribbean we once had a guest who, when we're at anchor, would occasionally look out the big saloon ports at the, ahem, “scenery.” (We spent a lot of time in the French islands back then.) More recently, if this same ...read more

Nathan-Bates-San-Diego,-CA

SAIL Reader's Photographs

Are you out there sailing, cruising and living the sailing life? If so, we’d love to see it. Send your sailing photos to sailmail@sailmagazine.com And don’t forget to sign up for our free eNewsletter. We saw this rainbow on the west coast of Fatu Hiva in the Marquesas Islands, ...read more

10-002

Ask Sail: Analog or Digital

Q: I am redoing my voltage distribution panel and can’t decide between a needle movement voltmeter or a digital illuminated voltmeter to monitor my house and starting battery voltages. Which way would be best? — J. Henshaw, Tampa FL GORDON WEST REPLIES I would say do both types ...read more

Ultime-maxi-trimaran-2048x

Video: The Power of an Ultime Tri

. If there was ever any doubt as to the speed potential for the eye-popping Ultime maxi-trimaran class, the first 24 hours of the Brest Atlantiques race have surely put such doubts to rest. The drone footage above of Franck Cammas and Charles Caudrelier’s Gitana Edmond de ...read more