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Race France to France: Leave Antarctica to Starboard

A grueling account from a tough sailor

Rich Wilson is the second American sailor to finish the Vendee Globe, the non-stop solo race around the world.

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Waterway Guide Northern 2012

A seasoned tour guide on board

“Waterway Guide Northern 2012” (Dozier Media Group, $39.95 spiral-bound, 552 pages) is the updated cruising companion for boaters exploring the Atlantic coast from Cape May, N.J., to Maine, as well as the Hudson River, Long Island Sound and Cape Cod Bay.

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Striperman: Confessions & Secrets of a Commercial Pin-Hooker

A master anglercasts tales and tips

The tribe of striped bass anglers can be found all along the Atlantic coast, and those who know New Englander Sherwood Lincoln consider him to be among the best. “Striperman: Confessions & Secrets of a Commercial Pin-Hooker” (Shur-Bet, 2012, $19.95 paperback, 230 pages) is the story of his life chasing line-siders and the elusive 50-pounder.

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A Sail of Two Idiots

Dreamers with a sense of humor

The familiar tale of a couple who dream of chucking the 9-to-5 lifestyle to go cruising is told with an insightful sense of humor in Renee D. Petrillo’s “A Sail of Two Idiots,” (International Marine, 2012, $12.16 paperback through Amazon, 304 pages).

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The Boater’s Weather Guide

107_WEATHERWeather conditions and your boat

In the second edition of “The Boater’s Weather Guide” Margaret Williams aims to prepare anyone who ventures out on the water for the conditions they will inevitably encounter (2011, Schiffer Publishing, $7.95, 160 pages, paperback).

The book is broken into two sections. Part I explains climate and weather, particularly wind speed and direction, visibility and storms. Part II focuses on how weather affects boats of different design and size. Williams offers explanations for what causes conditions to change, how to tell what upcoming conditions are likely to be and how to recognize when foul weather can be expected. The book features more than 50 images, maps and diagrams.

Williams has logged 50,000 nautical miles with her husband, Archie, and acknowledges that weather was usually her greatest concern.

October 2012 issue

   

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