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BOOKS OF THE
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Why Sailors Can't Swim and Other
Marvellous Maritime Curiosities
A witty compendium of nautical trivia covering everything
from the origins of salty sayings to the truth behind sailing
superstitions. Why will a sailor never go to sea on Friday
13th? Why are boats always referred to as 'she'? Does the
Bermuda Triangle really exist? Why do sailors wear earrings?
Did Nelson really say 'Kiss me, Hardy'? Why is a rope never
called a rope? This fascinating collection of maritime folklore and trivia delves into
the history, science and culture of the sea, and is packed full of entertaining, surprising
and insightful facts, including everyday expressions that have their origins on board
ship. HB 96 pages $21.95
101 Anchorages within the
101 Anchorages is a collection of seafarers notes on
101 anchorages throughout Indonesia, mostly along
the Sunda Islands Archipelago (Timor to Java), but
also Maluku, Sulawesi, Kalimantan & Sumatra. Pictures, Mud Maps, approaches,
water clarity, seasonal variations, hazards, local attractions, navigational sketches
are all presented in an easy to read sailing aid to one of the world's most diverse and
stunning marine treasures. This text helps all sailors get off the beaten path and find
their own piece of paradise. A must for any sailor heading north. PB 60 pages $90.00
Books reviewed by Bruce Stannard
Kialoa US-1 -- Dare To Win
by Jim Kilroy
published by Seapoint Books
RRP $99 (447 pages, hardcover)
Kialoa is undoubtedly one of the most illustrious names
in the history of international ocean racing. Not one
yacht but five, they were all owned and campaigned with
extraordinary success by Jim Kilroy, a Californian gentleman and
a proud amateur who, for more than 40 years, graced the sport
with his passion for competition, his genuine humility and his
At the age of 90, Jim Kilroy has at last written the book that
we have all been waiting for: the story of all those Kialoas and of
the stellar amateur crews whose exploits made them famous on
all the oceans of the world.
In his preface, Herb McCormick, the former Yachting
Correspondent for the New York Times writes: "To declare that Jim
Kilroy has lived a full, challenging, interesting and accomplished
life is to traffic in understatement. It's like saying Alaska is a big
state, or the Pacific a wide ocean. It diminishes the adjectives. It's
also inaccurate. For Jim Kilroy has actually experienced a wide
range of different but equally successful existences: family man,
veteran, developer, businessman, athlete, civic leader, political
insider, adventurer and yachtsman."
For most men, what Kilroy has achieved in any one of those
many pursuits might be considered a singular highlight in a life
well lived. For Jim, they are but the sum parts of a mighty whole.
"The Kialoa sailors that I encountered in Antigua Sailing
Week in 1982 were, quite frankly, some of the coolest characters
one could ever hope to meet.
"Tanned, salty, grinning, assured -- and all bedecked in red
Kialoa t-shirts that they wore proudly, like a badge of honour --
they laughed heartily and spoke in all sorts of regional twangs
from South Auckland, South Sydney, Southern California and
so on. That is, they were a happy presence at yacht club bars
and regatta parties every time they were ashore. At sea ... they
were skilled, no-nonsense mariners who sailed not for money
but because they loved to sail. And they were winners. Man,
they were winners."
Kialoa II, III, IV and V each won world championships in the
1970sand'80s.KialoaIIIis stillreferredto as "the mostwinningest
yacht in the history of the sport".
So successful was she that she was awarded sail number US-1
book, Kilroy provides us with object lessons in business and life.
His rags-to-riches journey brought him from the wild frontiers
of Alaska to the sprawling city of Los Angeles where as the son
of a single mother his strong entrepreneurial spirit helped his
family weather the worst of the Great Depression.
In the early 1950s, as Kilroy began building one of the
most extensive real estate portfolios in southern California,
he developed an interest in sailing. "I had surfed, both body
boarding and board surfing before World War II," he writes, "and
had learned to fly during and after the war. Surfing, flying and
sailing had something in common: all three pursuits involved fluid
and hydrodynamics. I
was enchanted by the
Several passages in this beautifully illustrated book were
written by Kialoa crewmen who provide vivid accounts of
Transatlantic Races, Transpacs, Sydney-Hobarts and Fastnets
in the pre-professional era. One of the more interesting for
Australian readers is tactician, Andy Rose's vivid account of the
memorable collision with Kialoa's arch rival Windward Passage in
the 1977 Southern Cross Cup series off Sydney.
The book also has an on-line companion that can be found at
kialoa-us1.com. This interactive website has a long list of Kialoa
crew ,and sailors are invited to contribute their own Kialoa stories.
These days, Jim Kilroy and his wife Nelly enjoy an endless
summer by living eight months of the year in California and
four months in Punta del Este, Uruguay. Net proceeds from the
book will help fund the Kilroys' youth sailing programme.
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