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Cruising Guides

Cruising guides for sailing to paradise

Cruising Guide Publications has updated two of its colorful 27-by-17-inch waterproof, spiral-bound guidebooks with the 30th edition of its “Cruising Guide to the Virgin Islands” (2011-12, $31.95, 418 pages) and the 15th edition of the “Sailors Guide to the Windward Islands” (2011, $29.95, 432 pages).

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Sound Rising

Long Island Sound and our nation’s history

Connecticut historian Richard Radune has penned a non-fiction account of the influence that Long Island Sound and its myriad harbors, coves and navigable rivers had on American history from 1750 to 1820.

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South to Alaska

Father, dreamer, voyager

The story is simple: A 10-year-old Oklahoma farm boy dreams of a great adventure. Fifty years later, after carving out a career and raising a family, Melvin Owens builds a 47-foot boat in his backyard and launches it on the Arkansas River, setting off on a 10,000-mile voyage to Alaska via the Panama Canal.

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Gib’s Odyssey: A Tale of Faith and Hope on the Intracoastal Waterway

A final voyage of hope and faith

When time is short, people with terminal illnesses can choose any number of ways to mark their final days. Gib Peters opted for a solo Intracoastal Waterway cruise aboard a 24-year-old, 29-foot Wellcraft Sportsbridge named Ka Ching. He departed Key West bound for New York City — and back again.

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Peter Isler's Little Blue Book of Sailing Secrets

Sailing tips from a pro

Peter Isler is a two-time America’s Cup winner with a collection of racing hardware in his trophy case. He shares what he has learned about sailing techniques over 40 years in “Peter Isler’s Little Blue Book of Sailing Secrets” (2011, Wiley, $19.95 hardcover, 183 pages).

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