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Storms and Wild Water

It was a dark and stormy night

Adventure and daring abound in "Storms and Wild Water," ($24.95, Sheridan House, 2009) by Dag Pike, who discusses what creates storms on the sea and recounts the experiences of the vessels that have been caught up in them.

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The full-color pages bring home the severity and magnitude of the elements and chapters cover such topics as the Southern Ocean, Indian Ocean monsoons, regional and local winds and whirlpools. Pike also discusses the impact of such maelstroms on the land.

Pike is a boating journalist and has won trophies for powerboat races around the world. In his 60 years at sea, he has sailed through 30 severe storms, as well as rogue waves, and has been rescued 10 times. He lives in the United Kingdom. For information, visit

This article originally appeared in the Home Waters Section of the February 2010 issue.