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Cook MUNDLE 19083
Acclaimed maritime biographer Rob Mundle, puts you on
the quarterdeck with Captain James Cook, one of the greatest
maritime explorers of all time. Cook unravelled the centuries-old
mystery surrounding the existence of the great south land, Terra
Australis, and extensively discovered and mapped the Pacific,
Australian and New Zealand shores. A great seafarer, self-taught
navigator and surveyor, and exceptional leader, Cook contributed
to changing the shape of the world map more than anyone else.
This extensively researched new biography of Cook is written with colour, sweep
and the authority of Rob’s five decades as a competitive sailor, maritime journalist
and broadcaster. HB 512 pages $49.95
Yachting – A Visual Celebration of
Sail LE CARRER 9868
What makes yachting so very special? Sailing journalist
Olivier Le Carrer takes us on a journey to the iconic
places of the yachting world, from Cowes to Antigua, the
Mediterranean and Auckland, in order to find out. Looking
at what drives sailors in this sport, the rise of fashion in
yachting clothing and accessories, the important personalities and even the sport’s
portrayal in art and film, the author explores the essence of yachting, its values, its
exhilaration and its atmosphere. Racing also plays an important role and stunning
photography follows the history of the America’s Cup, imposing J Class yachts as
well as the single-handed Transat. HB 192 pages $59.95
by Jackie and Noel Parry
RRP $US29.95 (336pp; 300mm x 210 mm)
Jackie and Noel Parry are professionals, with their Masters 4
and Marine Engine Drivers certificates. Both have worked as
commercial skippers and Marine Rescue Skippers, teaching
commercial maritime in the process. Along the way they have
written a book on piloting in the USA and have been prolific
contributors to worldwide magazines. It seems at the moment
they are taking some time off with a tree change in country New
South Wales somewhere near Crookwell.
The Parrys have put their experiences in sailing the world
in two different boats, Mariah II and Pyewacket II, into writing a
book for someone who might be contemplating a move in the
same direction. Considering where the couple started, one a
landlubber and one with a degree of experience, but a newlywed
couple non-the-less, they have set an example to give others
Cruisers’ A A (the AA stands for “Accumulated Acumen”) is
probably the most comprehensive reference book designed for
preparation for a cruising life. Jackie and Noel have included
everything they can think of or that they themselves have
experienced and learned lessons from in its 330 odd pages.
At first reading of the Table of Contents, Cruisers’ A A –
three whole pages of ToC – it was hard to assess what might
have been omitted.
On the other hand,
listing the Contents in
an alphabetical order
gave some titles too
much importance. For
example the chapter on
Cleaning precedes that
and the chapter on
Fun, Games and
those on Maintenance
and Repairs and
Navigation. But, as
discovered on a more
there was probably no other way to do it.
Jackie and Noel started from a point of not having a boat.
So with their stated motivation: “ The idea is to go cruising now,
create happiness on board and in your life”, the pair set out to
buy a boat they thought they could manage and would do the
job and to gain the experience they would need over a period
long enough to give them the confidence they needed to set off.
And, sagely, they advise that you will simply not have the time,
or I suspect, the energy to take everyone else’s ideas on board.
From that point of the book, there was no other way but to
launch into it. The authors declare there are over 1,800 tips, ideas
and advice contained in its pages. What immediately becomes
apparent is that there is a wealth of information, page after page,
covering any particular cruising topic you could think of.
The information is not presented at great length, but consists
of short paragraphs detailing useful tips. For example, the first
three pages of the Chapter on Boat Equipment, again listed
alphabetically, discuss Air Conditioning and the best ways to
cool a boat, Binoculars and a recommendation on brand, Blocks
and Tackles and some technical detail about them, The Bosun
Chair and the Dive Hookah, its description and uses.
If you can imagine, that is how the rest of the book flows,
too. Each Chapter reveals a comprehensive coverage of its title.
It seems everything the authors thought about under the title
is thrown in. They include the experiences of other sailors to
either reinforce the point or show the exceptions. To relieve the
“ technical” pressure, anecdotes of their experiences in various
parts of the world provide interesting asides.
So if you have made a New Year’s Resolution to prepare
yourself and your partner for a life at sea, this book, available
in paperback or eBook form, would be a very useful addition to
your research library. Visit Jackie’s website at www.jackieparry.
com for details.
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