Price of a hoax mayday
The Sol e Mar Tragedy Off Martha’s Vineyard (The History Press, $19.99) details how a hoax mayday received immediately after a legitimate distress call prompted the Coast Guard to refrain from launching a rescue mission, resulting in the death of a father-son commercial fishing crew. The Coast Guard believed Billy Hokanson’s March 1990 distress call was related to the hoax and did not launch a rescue for several days. The deaths prompted a new hoax law and changed search-and-rescue procedures. Retired Coast Guard Capt. W. Russ Webster and journalist Elizabeth B. Webster chronicle the story, exploring the psychology of hoax callers and detailing the Coast Guard’s technological advancements since the tragedy.
December 2014 issue
Fill your sails
World-class yachting photographer Sharon Green has culled 250 from a half-million of her images to showcase them in Sharon Green’s 30 Years of Ultimate Sailing (Windward Productions, $60). This 200-page coffee table book features dramatic racing action from the 1980s through today, including Oracle Team USA’s thrilling America’s Cup comeback victory last year. The book is accented with essays by some of the sport’s top sailors, including John Bertrand, Paul Cayard, Stan Honey, John Kilroy, Buddy Melges, Ken Read and reigning Cup champ Jimmy Spithill. Many of the images have appeared in Green’s annual Ultimate Sailing calendars, but others have never been published.
December 2014 issue
A new novel by a Maine waterman turned author tells the story of lobsterman Nicolas Graves, who raised his sons aboard his commercial boat, passing on the rules and rites of the business they love.
Chasing a mysterious current
To the Denmark Strait (Burford Books, $31.50) is Dallas Murphy’s firsthand account of accompanying world-renowned oceanographer Robert Pickart aboard the research vessel Knorr on an expedition to affirm the existence of a powerful oceanic current between Greenland and Iceland.
Gold Coast Yachting
At the turn of the 20th century, the north shore of New York’s Long Island had become a desirable residential area for many businessmen who made their millions in nearby New York City.
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