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Knox-Johnston on Seamanship & Seafaring
On 14th June 1968 Robin Knox-Johnston set sail from Falmouth
to take part in the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race. He was an
unknown 29-year old Merchant Navy Officer. Ten and a half months
later he sailed back into Falmouth, the only finisher in the race and
the first man to complete a non-stop solo circumnavigation. Since
then he has had an illustrious sailing career, with three further
circumnavigations, including the fastest circumnavigation and last
racing solo round the world in 2007, aged 68. Few people have
sailed as many miles as Robin. Now, 50 years since setting out on
the Golden Globe Race, you can benefit from Robin’s wealth of
experience as he shares his thoughts on seamanship and seafaring
in this new book, selected from his most provoking, insightful and perceptive writing from
the pages of Yachting World magazine. HB 224 pages $34.95
The Sailing Bible – 2nd Edition
EVAN, MANLEY, SMITH 73015
This is the complete, hands-on manual packed with detailed
step-by-step diagrams, lively action photos, and helpful advice
on getting the most out of your sailing at whatever level.
Whether you are a dinghy or yacht sailor just learning the basics
or wanting tips on sailing with the best, this is the book that
will give you all the answers you are looking for. This second
edition has been revised throughout and brought completely
up-to-date, including new techniques and new approaches
to navigation, first aid and berthing. HB 400 pages $49.95
Ursula Davidson Library
The Royal United Services Institute of NSW has a library
and office in Defence Plaza at 270 Pitt Street, Sydney.
They are in the process of rationalising their Ursula
Davidson Library of some 25,000 volumes prior to moving to
new premises in the extensions to the NSW War Memorial in
Hyde Park in about September.
The process of culling the library collection prior to
relocation has produced a large collection of books on sailing.
They are pleased to offer these books for sale at nominal prices.
Building & Sailing Boats, Racing, Cruising, Motor Boats,
Sea Dogs, Whaling, Mucking About in Boats, History &
Commercial Aspects of Boating, Biographies etc ...
All books are priced @ $5 and are ex-Library. Batches of
5 books @ $4 each. Batches of 10 books @ $3 each.
Books may be paid for and collected from The Ursula
Davidson Library, Level 20, Defence Plaza; 270 Pitt St, Sydney.
For further information, please call John M Hutcheson
(0417 224 850) on Mondays to Thursday from 11:00 to 15:30hrs.
On other days ring 02 9144 3094. Email <hutcheson.john@
Dreamer of the Day
A story of love, sailing and adventure
by John and Jan Nicholls
published by MoshPit Publishing, 2018
RRP $21.49 (228pp; 15cm x 23cm)
After the loss of two of their yachts, the first off the coast
of Africa, the second on a reef in New Guinea, John and Jan
Nicholls were encouraged by many friends to write a book of
their adventures. So they have ...
However, the loss of two boats has been only part of their
adventurous life story, summed up superbly in a foreword written
by their daughter Kelly.
“ This book is a story about two people who turned their back
on the security of normalcy ... who refused to fit into someone
else’s box and instead create a life they truly loved,” writes Kelly,
who through her childhood shared many of the adventures and
enterprises of her parents.
“It’s about having the courage to pursue their dreams, no
matter how crazy they may feel. Their dreams – and their incredible
love story – have taken them sailing across the worlds (on boats
they built with no official training), exploring remote cultures,
bringing up a child in the Pacific islands, turning it all into a
highly successful charter business on Sydney Harbour.
“After trying their hand at
retiring, and getting bored, they
built an acclaimed 5-star lodge
on the Gold Coast hinterland.”
Kelly Nicholls urges readers
to be inspired by this book to
“step beyond your fears and
pursue your own crazy dream.”
Dreamer of the Day chronicles
fifty years from the day John first
met Jan until the day of John writing a final memoir, and not long
after celebrating 40 years of marriage.
Dreamer of the Day is a warm story, a well written book, with the
chronological writings of John interspersed with short comments
by Jan about their, at times, distant relationship, eg, “ the night
before our wedding shocked me somewhat when John stayed on
board to complete his ham radio test; however, I knew ultimately
that it was necessary for our cruising life.”
More heart-rending were Jan’s comments after their yacht
Heart of Edna was lost off the coast of New Guinea:
“How dreadful I felt for being responsible for putting our
lovely yacht on the reef. If only I had taken it out of autopilot....
we could have possibly avoided the large brain coral.”
But John and Jan Nicholls sailed on to greater things. h
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