Sailing books

Great Sailing Books and Stories

I want to share with you some books that changed my life thanks to the tips and tricks I learned from reading them. Like many of us, I started sailing without knowing what the heck I was doing and learned by trial and error. Today I can say without pretention that I am a decently experienced sailor and I owe a lot to these books. SEAMANSHIP SECRETS by JOHN JAMIESON: Combining the author’s rich sailing experience with current references found on and off the internet, ancient maritime lore and intelligent educational tools, the 185 tips and techniques the book offers are enough to make it deserve a place on every self-respecting boater’s bookshelves. The book quickly became my guide for each of my trips at sea and often was put to good use in times of need. Divided into 13 chapters, John Jamieson’s book taught me everything...

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Great Sailing Movies

Great Sailing Movies That Inspired Me

There are hundreds of films themed after sailing at sea. Many give a lousy description of what living on a boat and cruise the ocean really is, others describe an inaccurate representation of navigation techniques. Too many of these movies give a negative image of the blue waters and depict them as vicious man-eating monsters. But amongst all the films out there, a few masterpieces have marked my spirit forever. These are the movies I want to share with you here. Deep Water by Louise Osmond and Jerry Rothwell (2006): This fascinating documentary tells the true story of the first-ever solo sailing around the world race in 1968. The film follows the journey of a sailor who participated in this race, Donald Crowhurst and tells the human story of this adventurer who, in his thirst for fame and glory, had to face the harsh reality of what...

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A Passion for Sailing

Long before man invented the train and a long time before crossing the Atlantic only took eight hours, mankind, regardless of culture, era or location, have relied on sailing to develop and build the world as we know it today. Throughout centuries, we have relied on our ships to fish, trade, transport, discover, fight and conquer, as well as to satisfy our thirst for sports competition, our love of leisure and adventure, or just to put a roof over our heads. Our maritime history is as rich and ancient as humans’ history itself and is a testimony to the intricate, yet symbiotic relationship we maintain with boats and sailing as a species since the beginning of times. My name is Roger Reid and, for those who my introduction has not already given at least one hint on what drives me to write this blog, I am passionate...

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