sailing adventure books
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 January 2012 08:31 Written by Tuesday, 12 July 2011 10:11
Dreaming of taking some time out to go sailing ? My top sailing adventure books which are all available at Amazon (some second hand) will definelty give you the necessary inspiration.
Exceptionally well written from a unique delivery skipper viewpoint The book tells many varied stories from his twenty years as a delivery skipper. One of those books that when finished you can’t find another. To me this is better that the authors other book – at the Mercy of the Sea - which I wasn’t taken with, so don’t be put off if you’ve read that and decided to give the author a miss.
Against the Flow Dee Caffari
Dee Caffari became the first woman to sail solo round the world against the prevailing winds and currents. The book however is not just about the challenge its also part biography and tells Dees story both on and off the water leading up to the main event. Having read Taking on the World by Ellen MacArthur I actually preferred this read.
Sailing with Mohammed Tony Farrington
From the author of Rescued in the Pacific this is an interesting read which details the authors travels with his partner around the Pacific and the Indian Ocean at the time around September 11, 2001. Its currently out of print and only available second hand but I recommend it.
Beserk in the Antarctic David Mercey
This is the story of a fibreglass yacht sailing to Antarctica from the perspective of an crew member. The story is well balanced and comes with lots of humour and people watching as well as a degree of sailing. The authors description of both the adventurous Norwegian Skipper and the other reluctant crew member is a real page turner. Putting aside the challenge of the trip just try and image staying dry in a small yacht without the right clothing and equipment, some wouldn’t go out for a bay sail these guys sail to Antarctica!
Living Every Second Tracey Edwards
A female sailing heroine who skippered the first all woman crew to victory in the longest, toughest yacht race in the world. In a similar style to Dee Cafri’s book this is as much autobiography as pure sailing. Tracey tells the story from her early childhood through to what sounds like a tough teenage period spent in Wales. She then moves onto how she started out in sailing including her stints as a deckhand in the Med and the huge financial challenges she has faced trying to do something she clearly loves. Well written with great honesty and humour.
I won’t repeat my solo adventure list but but its worth a look and contains a number a fantastic adventures to inspire you.