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Books reviewed by Peter Campbell
BOOKS OF THE
Boat Books Tel: 1300 262 826
Coach Yourself to Win EMMETT 1675
This book covers the twelve fundamental aspects of successful
sailing, and will help you to succeed on the water whether your
aim is club, national, international (or even Olympic) level.
With detailed analysis, challenging exercises and useful top tips
throughout, everything is covered: from targets, goal setting and
a winning mental attitude to boat handling, strategy and tactics (plus lots more).
PB 83 pages $32.95
The Yacht Owner’s Manual DU PORT 9911
Owning a boat involves sailors developing a whole new skill
set and taking on a raft of new responsibilities, but this essential
handbook takes the stress out of what should be an enjoyable,
rewarding next step, and shares a wealth of practical advice on
what might initially seem daunting new challenges.
PB 159 pages $35.00
Stress-Free Sailing WELLS 3194
Stress-free Sailing is the answer to single or short-handed
crews’ prayers – a step-by-step handbook addressing the
most common sailing situations that anyone cruising will
have to manage.
PB 160 pages $35.00
Cheating the Sea
by Jeremy Grayson AFC
published by Adlard Coles
(232pp; 150mm x 232mm)
In mid-August this year, a record
fleet of upwards of 350 yachts from
around the world will set sail in Britain’s
famous Fastnet Race. This will mark the
90th anniversary of the biennial ocean classic.
Tracking back 36 years, a then record 303 yachts started from
Cowes in the1979 Fastnet Race in what was to become a tragic ocean
race when a catastrophic storm enveloped the fleet in the Irish Sea.
Only 85 boats, including the Australian team that won the
Admiral’s Cup that year, finished the race, with 24 yachts abandoned
and five presumed to have sunk. Sadly, 15 sailors lost their lives.
However, in the UK’s biggest peacetime maritime rescue
operation, 136 lives were saved with Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm and
Royal Air Force helicopters lifting 74 sailors alive from the turbulent
seas in some 18 dangerous operations.
Fleet Air Arm pilot Jerry Grayson and his crew of a Wessex SAR
helicopter were was the first to reach the stricken yacht Magic rescuing
all five crew. In a daring mission, Grayson pushed the Wessex to the
absolute limit, handling the machine with great skill to go down
into the troughs between massive 40-foot high breaking waves to
lower his diver.
In their third mission of the day, they lifted the 10 crew members
from the Irish yacht Golden Apple, including the designer Ron Holland
and British Olympic gold medallist Rodney Pattisson.
Grayson, who now lives in Australia, has written a gripping book of
his remarkable eight years in the RN Fleet Air Arm and his subsequent
career as one of the film industry’s leading helicopter pilots.
At the age of 17 he became the youngest helicopter pilot to
serve in the Royal Navy. By the age of 25 he was the most decorated
peacetime naval pilot in history, the Queen presenting him with
the Air Force Cross for outstanding gallantry in search and rescue.
Rescue Pilot – Cheating the Sea is a great read, not just his recall of
the Fastnet Race drama but how he and his crew rescued survivors
of a sinking ship, picked up a wounded fighter pilot and a many
other daring missions.
A Lucky Ship
The Nine Lives of the Australian Coaster
by Craig Mair
published by the Nautical Association of Australia Inc.
RRP $36.00 (228pp; 172mm x 250mm)
The Nautical Association of Australia Inc, is voluntary non-profit
organisation dedicated to the preservation and publication of the
maritime history of Australia, New Zealand and the South-West
The NAA published the illustrated
quarterly journal The Log along with
specialist shipping books and this book
about the little coastal steamer Tambar is
one of them.
Tambar was a steel twin screw steamer
of 145.2ft LOA with 456 gross tonnage
built at Grangemouth, UK for the North
Coast Steam Navigation Co Ltd. From 1929 to 1951 she was owned
by William Holyman and Sons Pty Ltd, although requisitioned by
the Royal Navy as an auxiliary minesweeper during World War II.
While of specific interest to those who have been, and still are,
in the maritime service, this is a remarkable human interest story
about a remarkable ship that spent more than 40 years serving as a
vital lifeline to isolated river and island communities in New South
Wales, Victoria, Tasmania an even Papua New Guinea.
The author, Scotsman Craig Mair has consulted thousands of
records, tracked down witnesses and assembled more than 100
photographs and maps that trace Tambar ’s remarkable seagoing career.
Besides many colourful tales of shipwrecks and strandings,
strange cargoes, salty characters, wartime air attacks and the
salvage of sunken ships, this book gives a graphic account of the
worst World War II ‘friendly fire’ incident in Australian waters when
the then minesweeper HMAS Tambar was hit by an intended warning
shell fired from a army fort on Moreton Island when she apparently
failed to answer signals.
That in itself makes for fascinating reading as part of a unique
insight into coastal Australia over half a century, including two
World Wars. h
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