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200,000 Miles

Jimmy Cornell

Jimmy Cornell’s latest book is based on his extensive knowledge of offshore cruising gained from an experience that stretches over four decades. Jimmy has sailed over 200,000 miles in all oceans of the world, including three circumnavigations as well as two voyages to Antarctica and a successful transit of the Northwest Passage. While primarily aimed at sailors who are planning or making preparations for a longer voyage, this book will also appeal to tested ocean navigators as well as weekend sailors.

The book’s attractive style, with 500 excellent photographs from the author’s vast collection, should be equally appealing to dreamers. Approximately two thirds of the book deals with practical matters and covers all subjects of interest to anyone planning to leave on an offshore voyage. The other third of the book describes highlights from the author’s circumnavigations as well as voyages to Antarctica, a transpacific passage from Antarctica to Alaska, or the challenges of the Northwest Passage.

The chapters alternate between the two, with one technical chapter being followed by a cruising narrative. 200,000 Miles is based on Jimmy Cornell’s book A Passion for the Sea published in five language editions in 2007 and now out of print. In the intervening decade Jimmy Cornell has launched a new series of offshore rallies as well as a new Aventura conceived by him as a yacht perfectly suited for both tropical and high latitude sailing. While preserving some of the main elements of the previous book, the newly gained experience of being once again in close contact with sailors taking part in his events, and the lessons learned from his two attempts at the Northwest Passage, have resulted in a more comprehensive and up-to-date book.

"The Comeback"

G. Bruce Knecht

Larry’s Ellison’s America’s Cup team was down 1-8. New Zealand needed just one more win. Oracle ultimately beat back the odds in what’s been called the greatest comeback in sport. But was it? G. Bruce Knecht set out to investigate how Oracle turned things around and, most particularly, the source of extra horsepower that seemed to come from nowhere during the final races. What he discovered was that the team was using a sailing technique that was prohibited under the rules. The Comeback is a pulse-pounding account of Oracle’s desperate stop-at-nothing campaign.
G. Bruce Knecht, a former staff reporter and foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, is the author of three books, including The Proving Ground: The Inside Story of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Race.

SAIL SMART

Mark Chisnell

On-board instruments present modern sailors with a wealth of information. There´s apparent and true wind speed, boat speed, speed over the ground and velocity made good, to name just a few. But what do the numbers really mean and how do you use them to win races?
“Sail Smart” answers these questions and turns on-board information into racing results.
Mark Chisnell gives an expert guide on how to turn the theory into practice to ensure you stay ahead of the fleet. Cruising sailors will also benefit from understanding how to get the most from their instruments.
Information is under your fingertips, now turn that into racing success!

A VOYAGE FOR MAD MEN

Peter Nichols

In 1968, nine sailors set off on the most daring race ever held: to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe nonstop. It was a feat that had never been accomplished and one that would forever change the face of sailing. Ten months later, only one of the nine men would cross the finish line and earn fame, wealth, and glory. For the others, the reward was madness, failure, and death.

In this extraordinary book, Peter Nichols chronicles a contest of the individual against the sea, waged at a time before cell phones, satellite dishes, and electronic positioning systems. A Voyage for Madmen is a tale of sailors driven by their own dreams and demons, of horrific storms in the Southern Ocean, and of those riveting moments when a split-second decision means the difference between life and death.