Tom Cunliffe is a sailor to the bone and one of Britain’s most notable nautical celebrities.
It’s hard to not be envious of a 20-something couple parking their careers to cruise and live aboard for a year.
Lifelong sailor Paul Heiney bought a Chuck Paine-designed Victoria 38 and set off on one of sailing’s greatest challenges. One Wild Song (Bloomsbury Publishing, $26) is his account of an 18,000-mile, mostly solo sail from England to Cape Horn and back.
It’s well known that Herman Melville’s seminal novel Moby-Dick was inspired by a real-life disaster, which Nathaniel Philbrick details in his book In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whale Ship Essex.
Many sailors know well the legend of Rowdy, a 65-foot New York 40 launched in 1916.
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