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Ionian

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17987
Heikell, Rod & Lucinda
Paperback
978-1846235764
Imray
2014
270
8th
Q GR
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Review Date: 
26/11/2014

This eighth edition of the Heikell’s highly regarded pilot will not only guide you safely to all the marinas and ports of the Ionian, but will also entertain you with plentiful background notes on the history and myths of the region. This beautifully produced pilot has clear chartlets for nearly all the ports and anchorages, and is very reasonably priced.

 

However, I do have a few reservations: it appears to me that their focus, in contrast to Rod’s excellent Italian Waters Pilot, is on marinas and harbour walls, rather than places where you can anchor off. An example from our recent cruise from Argostoli to Corfu is that although there is a symbol on the chartlet no mention is made of the excellent anchorage off the market in Argostoli neither is there any text about another very good anchorage immediately north of the fishing harbour in Preveza (though, again, there is a symbol on the chartlet).

 

In the section on ‘getting there’ this revision also misses the fact that Ryan Air conveniently fly to Kefalonia and Corfu. The section on formalities does mention the imminent new tax  but not that you no longer have to arrive at an entry port, only one with port police; nor that the DEKPA, or equivalent, is now needed for boats over 7m but only needs stamping once a year.

 

So, this is an essential pilot to have on board if cruising in the area especially if visiting for the first time BUT keep an eye open for the ‘Updates’ on the Imray website as things do change in the time taken between the revision compilation and publication.

 

Tony Montgomery-Smith

 

The Anatomy of Sail (The Yacht Dissected and Explained)

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Compton, Nic
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978-1-4729-0275-7
Bloomsbury
2014
192
C2
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Review Date: 
28/10/2014

With its heavyweight feel, high quality production and beautiful photography this large format book evokes an immediate connection with the classic vessels which are its main subject. Beautifully produced and packed with clear, well composed and informative photographs it reflects the author’s background in boat building and as a former editor of Classic Boat magazine.

The author steers more towards art than science and his book would certainly find a place in the collection of anyone who values lovely photographs of beautiful objects, not just yachts. It would be useful for someone new to yachting who wanted an enjoyable and wide-ranging introduction to sailing boats and their constituent parts; or someone interested in an overview of yacht design development.  It is divided into sections each describing a type of a yacht or one of its features going as far as life-saving equipment, cleats, lights and tenders - all well photographed and described.

With the title ‘The Anatomy of Sail’ I expected the book to be a detailed technical work; full of figures, tables and diagrams which would explain how a sailing yacht is put together and how it works but this book does not do that. The text is written in a conversational and subjective style. The author makes some comments which clearly reflect his own views but which others might question. This could form the basis of an interesting debate in the clubhouse but I would have liked to have seen more evidence or references to back-up some of his statements.

This is the first edition and given its quality and purpose I hope there will be more. Like most of the yachts it portrays, later editions will benefit from lessons gained from their predecessors.

Ray Kay

 

 

Ardnamurchan to Cape Wrath

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Clyde Cruising Club
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978-1846235542
Imray
2013
158
Q GBS
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Review Date: 
28/10/2014

Powerful recollections from boyhood sailing in the NE of England and SE Scottish waters are of hearing adults’ awesome tales of yachting derring-do amongst the islands and sea lochs of Scotland’s west coast. Now this pilot suggests that there is little change and despite reliable engines, accurate electronic navigation and more organised moorings, testing pilotage can still be found, especially in the area encompassed by the title.  It is then that a guide like this becomes essential.

One of six separate volumes covering the west coast of Scotland, and merged with Martin Lawrence’s ‘Yachtsman’s Pilot’ series (no longer to be published separately), this replaces the famed Clyde Cruising Club’s ‘Sailing Directions & Anchorages Part 3 Ardnamurchan to Cape Wrath’.  Editorial control remains with CCC, who also offer a webpage amendment download, but publishing is handled by Imray.  A 12-page introduction makes a useful planning tool for the newcomer as well as giving up-to-date information for those who know the area. The result is a typical high-quality Imray product: clear print on good paper with profuse illustration by chartlet and photography; edited with all the authority of those who have ‘been there’. There is much fine aerial imagery and a robust spiral binding allows open-flat handling, convenient both for chart table and cockpit use. An impressive successor to the well-respected originals.

Edward Cartner