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30 Years of Ultimate Sailing

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

 

Of Sea and Cloud

Waterman’s way

 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.

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To the Denmark Strait

 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.

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Great Yachts of Long Island's North Shore

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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Sharks: The Animal Answer Guide

All about sharks

There’s been no shortage of analysis or media coverage of sharks since Jaws, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a more definitive, engagingly written source than Sharks: The Animal Answer Guide (Johns Hopkins, $50 hardcover, $26.95 paperback). Gene Helfman and George H. Burgess strive to answer every conceivable question about sharks and their critical role in healthy ecosystems, from the massive whale shark to the ferocious great white to the diminutive cookiecutter. The book delivers insight through a blend of science, history, anthropology and gripping photography.

September 2014 issue

   

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