Boating books review: Shackleton illustrated


Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated 1914-17 Antarctic expedition is one of maritime history’s most incredible survival stories.

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When Shackleton’s ship, Endurance, became trapped in pack ice in the Weddell Sea, it set off a series of travails that culminated in a 720-mile voyage in a 20-foot open lifeboat. None of the 28 men from the Endurance was lost. Shackleton documented the expedition in South, which has been reissued in an illustrated version. The new book contains images by expedition photographer Frank Hurley, as well as modern color photos that give a glimpse of what the men encountered, bringing Shackleton’s last voyage to life. (Hachette Book Group, $40)

Ode To A Lighthouse

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Boston Light has guided vessels into and out of Boston Harbor since 1716. Located on Little Brewster Island, it’s the the last staffed Coast Guard lighthouse and the second tower erected there. In Images of America: Boston Light Sally R. Snowman (the light’s 70th keeper) and her husband, James G. Thomson, relay the history of Colonial America’s first lighthouse. The book features hundreds of vintage photographs, personal stories and unique points of view, commemorating the 300th anniversary of the beacon as it enters its fourth century of service. (Arcadia Publishing, $25)

How To Win Races

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The goal of every sailor who races is simple: to win. In Winning Isn’t Luck, Olympic sailor and world champion yachtsman Fred Imhoff shares his insights for success, gleaned from years spent on the racecourse. Aimed at both novice and experienced sailors, the book includes on-water photographs, diagrams and detailed commentary on race prep, tactics, sail trim, helming, crew positioning, tides and currents. Imhoff believes the key to success is considering all aspects of racing, not just being a better helmsman. (Adlard Coles, $25)

This article originally appeared in the October 2016 issue.