Even more nautical distractions!
As we all continue beating to weather on this upwind leg we call Covid-19, we’re assuming you have now read the Internet from cover to cover and might be looking for some new material. To that end, we present Volume 3 of our Distraction Digest: The Printed Word Edition.
We dug deep (and reached out to a few of you) for some of our favorite reads, trying to avoid the usual go-to’s and find some great reads that might not already be on your bookshelf.
So put on some more backstay, drop the traveler, and pick up your Kindle.
1.Riddle of the Sands
Erskine Childer’s 1903 spy novel is set on a small cruising yacht in the Baltic Sea and the Frisian Islands. An excellent read and arguably the prototype for every modern spy novel.
Hard copy HERE
Audio book HERE
2. Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before
Equal parts history lesson and sailing travelogue, Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Horowitz retraces the wake of Captain James Cook’s historic exploration of the Pacific.
Hard copy HERE
3. Storm Tactics, Lin and Larry Pardey
One of the definitive texts on storm preparation.
4. Racing Through Paradise
The last of William F. Buckley’s three seagoing memoirs has all of the WFB wit and (almost) none of the rancor. Local sailors will appreciate the sections chronicling his adventures on Long Island Sound.
6. Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
The subtitle says it all.
7. The Long Way
French singlehanded sailor Bernard Moitessier was seven months in to the first ever Golden Globe nonstop circumnavigation race, and poised to win it all. Instead he chose to take a right turn and spend another 3 months at sea, sailing halfway around the world again to hang out on his favorite atoll in the South Pacific. This is a guy that knew how to social distance.
8. Windsong Summer
Special pick for Young Readers (8-12), guaranteed to spark the nautical interest of any landlocked kid with a sense of adventure.
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