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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
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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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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

 

Mediterranean Weather Handbook for Sailors

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Ritossa, Roberto
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9781846235979
Imray
2014
128
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28/10/2014

'Light variable winds with possible gales later' or maybe not.
So begins the introduction to this detailed account of Mediterrean weather for the sailor, (ie it's mostly concerned with wind), though your reviewer added the last bit.  Most UK sailors who know the Med will allow a wry smile at this recognition of the uncertainty of weather and marine forecasting in this region compared with what we are used to in home waters.

The present author though has produced a comprehensive and scholarly work for sailors, he emphasizes, not meteorologists, covering the major winds of the Mediterranean basin with the pressure gradient conditions under which they can be expected, seasonal variations, characteristics of specific localities like the Straits of Gibraltar, and also surface sea currents.  Appendices provide an equally thorough exposition on broadcast and other sources of marine forecast and also monthly wind pilot roses for all areas.

Claude Worth reckoned you shouldn't worry too much about the weather, but if you're heading for the Med and want to know what to expect then this book, 125 pages in full colour sof- back format, can be recommended.  Many, on the other hand, will find as much as they need on this subject in more general works like Rod Heikell's ‘Mediterranean Cruising Handbook’.  

 

 Mike Ferro