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Gone to the sea

Stories from a sailing journalist

Herb McCormick has been a sailing journalist for more than 30 years, and “Gone to the Sea” is an anthology of some of his favorite stories (Paradise Cay, 2011, $16.95 paperback, 315 pages).

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There are accounts of sailracing rock stars, cruisers and boatbuilders, as well as voyages to exotic islands, rounding Cape Horn and a tender tale of an island cruise with his daughter, Maggie, to whom the book is dedicated.

McCormick’s collection includes poignant profiles of those left behind when solo sailor Mike Plant was lost at sea; Ray Leonard, the skipper of the Westsail 32, Satori, abandoned in what became known as “The Perfect Storm”; and the unfortunate timing of Rich Wilson and Bill Biewenga, who had planned to leave New York City on a record-chasing voyage to Australia the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.

This article originally appeared in the April 2012 issue.