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The Annapolis Book of Seamanship

On sailing and seamanship

“The Annapolis Book of Seamanship” (Fourth Edition, Simon & Schuster, $49.99 hardcover) by John Rousmaniere, with illustrator Mark Smith, is essential reading for both novice and seasoned sailors.

First published in 1983, it remains the definitive guide to sailing, and this latest edition has many updates and new sections, including a discussion of paper charts vs. digital data and developments in techniques and technologies, from anchoring to safety gear. There’s something for everyone in its 403 content-packed pages.

April 2014 issue


Salt of the Sea

Ode to the fishing life

“Salt of the Sea, Stories told by the Fishermen of Point Judith” (Fowler Road Press, $16.99; $6.99 Kindle) is Cindy Follett Guldemond’s affectionate tribute to the men who fished out of Point Judith, R.I., from the 1950s through the 1980s.



Winging It

A stirring America’s Cup

Even the Cup traditionalists who turned up their noses at the 72-foot catamarans racing for sailing’s most prestigious trophy came away impressed with Oracle Team USA’s implausible comeback victory over Emirates Team New Zealand last summer on San Francisco Bay.



Hawaiki Rising

Polynesian navigators

Sam Low’s fascination with the navigation skills of his Hawaiian ancestors resulted in his new book “Hawaiki Rising” (Island Heritage Publishing, $24.99 on Amazon). Despite Thor Heyerdahl’s hypothesis that Polynesians drifted with prevailing currents across the Pacific, Low believes they were skilled navigators. He sides with a group of nationalistic Hawaiians who sought to prove that in 1973 by mounting a 2,400-mile celestial-navigation voyage against winds and currents to Tahiti aboard the replica twin-hulled Polynesian voyaging canoe Hokule’a. The book is a collection of his research and experiences sailing aboard Hokule’a.

February 2014 issue


A Dream of Tall Ships

A museum is born 

Peter and Norma Stanford’s “A Dream of Tall Ships” (Sea History Press, $34.95) presents the story of how these New Yorkers in the 1960s became devoted to the idea of creating a maritime museum in Manhattan’s historic waterfront. The Stanfords secured old buildings in the Fulton Fish Market neighborhood to create the South Street Seaport Museum. The book recounts their struggle to preserve history as they built what is now a 12-block historic district on the site of the original port of New York City. The introduction is by maritime artist John Stobart.

February 2014 issue


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