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Books reviewed by Peter Campbell
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Lone Wolf: How Emirates Team New Zealand
stunned the world
This title is a celebration of the Emirates Team New Zealand win
in Bermuda, written from an on-the-water perspective by one of
the world’s most influential America’s Cup photo-journalists,
Richard Gladwell. On 26 June 2017, on the turquoise waters of
Bermuda’s Great Sound, Peter Burling (26) became the youngest
ever helmsman to win the premier trophy in sailing, the America’s Cup. Amongst several
other firsts, the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron became the first club ever to win back
the America’s Cup – and did so against one of the best funded and technologically astute
teams in the 166-year history of the event. The rookie New Zealand crew, of whom only
one had previous America’s Cup experience, trounced the Defender, Oracle Team USA led
by the brash Australian, Jimmy Spithill who had ripped the heart out of the Kiwi sailing
nation just four years before. PB 200 pages $49.95
Sailing to Win
International Author, competitive sailor and successful business
strategist Brett Bowden shares over three decades of wisdom of what
it takes to be successful. Brett shares not only his own experiences,
but a collection of wisdom from world champions and sailing
legends. Together with his passion for sailing and winning in all
areas of life, Brett shows you just how to do it step by step. By the
time you have finished this book, learned the strategies and practiced the drills, you will
be guaranteed of being on the podium more often than not and collect more than your fair
share of silverware. If you’re serious about being successful then you MUST read this
book. PB 222 pages $29.95
Racing Rules of Sailing
Fleet Racing Edition
by World Sailing Limited
published by MEK Consulting,
RRP: $50.00 (58pp; 15cm x 21cm)
Remember the ‘Blue Book’, the
thick handbook produced by Yachting
Australia (now Australian Sailing) that
we were required to carry on board our yachts while racing. Not
only did they contain the racing rules of sailing, but also extensive
chapters on how to conduct races and also detailed safety rules
and special rules for match racing and team racing.
Unfortunately, they often got wet and soggy.
Australian Sailing no longer produces a printed racing rules
book. It is available in full on the internet at <w ww.rulesofsailing.
com> and each competing yachts must be able to access the rules.
An enterprising Sydney company, with an expert advisory team
has published, in a waterproof booklet format, a version of the
Racing Rules of Sailing, a specific fleet racing edition.
While there have not been any major changes to the fleet
racing rules, I can recommend this edition for ease of refreshing
the skipper’s (and the crew’s) knowledge.
One new rule that appeared on results sheets as a penalty
during last season and is now part of the published rules is the
U Flag Rule (30.40).
If flag U has been displayed, no part of boats hull, crew or
equipment shall be in the triangle formed by the ends of the starting
line and the first mark during the last minute before starting signal.
If a boat breaks this rule, and is identified, she shall be disqualified
without a hearing, but not if the race is restarted or re-sailed.
This is a welcome addition to the harsher Black Flag rule (30.4).
The Smack Track
Inside the Navy’s war, chasing down drug smugglers,
pirates and terrorists
by Ian McPhedran
published by HarperCollins Australia
RRP: $32.99 (292pp; 15cm x 24cm)
Ian McPhedran is arguably Australia’s outstanding current
defence journalist, the award-winning bestselling author of five
books and a brilliant newspaper reporter.
During his extensive career he has covered conflicts in Myanmar,
Somalia, Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, East Timor,
Afghanistan and Iraq. In 1993, he won a United Nations Peace
Prize Media Award and in 1999 the Walkley Award for Best News
Report for his expose of the Navy’s Collin class submarine fiasco.
The Smack Attack is a hands-on account of the Royal Australian
Navy’s current ‘war’ – chasing down drug smugglers, pirates and
terrorists at sea – written following a ‘tour of duty’ by McPhedran
aboard the guided missile frigate HMAS Dar win.
This untold story of how the Navy has
combatted illegal activities in the troubled
waters of the Arabian Gulf and the Horn of
Africa, along the infamous ‘smack track’,
makes for fascinating reading.
McPhedran writes a most interesting
insight into the working and personal lives of
the crew of Dar win from the captain down to
junior sailors, both male and female, including graphic descriptions
of boarding suspect dhows.
During Dar win’s six months deployment that ended in July 2014
the crew made 23 boardings and eight that yielded narcotics. In
all, the ship seized twelve tonnes of illicit drugs valued at more
than $2 billion.
This included 1,674 kilograms of heroin and 10,696 kilograms
McPhedran describes the start of one boarding action while he
was aboard Darwin: “ The young male and female sailors scramble
down a rope ladder and into the bucking rigid hull inflatable boat
that is tied to the side of the Australian warship.
“ With the frigate steaming at fourteen knots in the open ocean,
this is not a job for the faint hearted. In a dangerous sea-state
four, with buffering winds and three-metre waves, the armed and
fully kitted-out of HMAS Dar win’s ‘red’ boarding team are dropping
into a maelstrom.”
For more than 25 years Australian sailors have risked their lives
against often fraught, dangerous and sensitive operations and The
Smack Attack gives recognition of the task they have undertaken in
stemming illegal activities in international waters. h
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