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Books reviewed by Paul Talbot
BOOKS OF THE
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Love with a chance of drowning
Love can make a person do crazy things ... A city girl with a
morbid fear of deep water, Torre DeRoche is not someone you
would ordinarily find adrift in the middle of the stormy Pacific
aboard a leaky sailboat – total crew of two – struggling to keep
an old boat, a new relationship and her floundering sanity
afloat. Set against a backdrop of the world’s most beautiful
and remote destinations, this story is a sometimes hilarious,
often moving and always brave memoir of a city girl who sails
across the Pacific with her Argentinian lover, proving that there are some risks worth
taking. PB 336 pages $29.95
Sailing – A Serious Ocean
In Sailing – A Serious Ocean, John Kretschmer uses his
experiences and stories to show you what you will need to cross
an ocean or go around the world, in fair weather or foul. His true
accounts of storms and other challenges at sea makes exciting
reading and shows not only how sailboats should be handled
when the chips are down, but how you should handle yourself.
Learning how these boats respond to extreme circumstances
will give you absolute confidence in your chosen boat’s ability
to keep you and your family safe in a storm. HB 242 pages $36.95
A visual celebration of
Sailing Past and Present
by Olivier Le Carrer
published by Bloomsbury Publishing
RRP $59.99 (192pp; 295mm x
The author of this hard-cover coffee table book, Olivier
Le Carrer, is a sailing journalist with over 30 years of sailing
experience. He was also editor of French boating magazine Bateaux.
Le Carrer comes to this book, not his first having previously
penned a number of books more related to cartography, with
a clear purpose to show the beauty of sailing, its great sailing
locations its influence on fashion and design and the great
characters and celebrities involved in the sport.
In many parts, with tongue in cheek, Le Carrer describes
the sport of sailing from the demanding and beautiful nature
of boats to the sensations to be experienced aboard them. He
grants that yachts come in all sizes and celebrates the small and
old, together with the new and huge. He draws the conclusion
that: “ To be a yachtsman is not about the boat but about culture
The author shows that there is beauty even in the failed
manoeuvre with a boat knocked down with a spinnaker broach
and another dismasted. He draws beauty from boats bunks, boat
clubs and boat owners.
Among the chapters are the locations, including Sydney
Harbour, Auckland Harbour, the Solent, Newport and all. He
finishes with a chapter on cruising adventures and starts this
with a photo of Joshua Slocum as the father of open ocean, long
distance cruising which has become so popular around the world.
The book is replete with great photographs, as you would
expect, none more dramatic than a full page picture of the
schooner Eleanora at the Royal Cannes Regatta, taken by Thiery
Seray, on an angry sea. The same photographer’s double page
shot of a wide-beamed 60 footer a few pages later goes close. But
the author has included photographs of every facet of yachting
to excite the senses.
Yachting is visually stunning. At this time of year, you know
what to do!
by Ian Burnet
published by Rosenberg Publishing
RRP $39.95 (224pp; 250mm x 190mm)
Ian Burnet has followed his scholarly and
eminently readable book, Spice Islands, with
his follow-up East Indies. Burnet has been
enthralled with the history of the Spice Islands and Indonesia
to the point of extensive travel and living in the region.
Where his first book examined the great spread of history
of the development of the spice trade and its impact on Europe
(not to mention on the Islands themselves), the second book
focuses on the struggles for dominance over 200 years between
the great trading and naval powers of the Portuguese, the Dutch
and the English.
This book provides a wonderful snapshot of European activity
in the East Indies including the establishment of Singapore and
Hong Kong as significant trading ports. The book will appeal
to readers who want to take further their understanding of the
development of the region.
Seal Rocks and the
SS Catterthun – DVD
by Max Gleeson
RRP $30 (duration 30 mins)
Max Gleeson is a Sydneysider whose
scuba diving expertise began almost 40 years
ago and has developed into a passion for
diving, filming and writing about wrecks. In this DVD Max explores
the 110-year-old history of the sinking of the SS Catterthun at Seal
Rocks with the loss of 55 lives as well as 9,000 gold sovereigns.
The DVD looks also at the development and growth of that
wonderful holiday destination, the marine life, including its grey
nurse sharks and other features of the area. It is beautifully and
professionally shot and gives the viewer the feeling of being one
with the environment. Another one for the “season”.
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