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The Scottish Islands

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17792
Haswell-Smith, Hamish
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978-1-84767-277-3
Canon Gate
2008
518
3rd
Q GBS
Reference
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Review Date: 
21/08/2014

Simply to approach and land on 162 Scottish islands from a 41ft yacht might be daunting enough for many people but then to research comprehensive detail of each place, to include all in a book with relevant maps and evocative watercolour illustrations would be beyond most people’s capabilities. The author notes his original intent to “compile for my personal satisfaction a list of the Scottish islands equivalent to Munro’s Tables of the 3000ft Mountains of Scotland” and in a lengthy preface he describes the strict criteria of size and accessibility that he applied to his choice.

One may wonder at Haswell-Smith’s achievement, he makes generous acknowledgement to his four disparate crew and many others, but the reader realises that the final effort of completion is his alone. It is clear, however, that he, together with family and friends, share an unashamed pride and affection for the area.

The geographically arranged text follows a standardised pattern that includes name roots, OS Map references, area, height, owner, population, geology, wildlife and narrative history. Although not a pilot, brief access and anchorage notes complete each entry and the map-type chartlets also indicate possibilities for the intrepid. The work is completed by appendices and indexes that range from the islands’ order of height to those permitted to issue their own postage stamps or distil whisky. The volume, strongly-bound on heavy, high quality paper of clear print, is indeed a ‘Munro’ equivalent; a fascinating Bradshaw for the Scottish islands.

 

Edward Cartner

 

 

Sail for a Living

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Pelling, Sue
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978-0-470-97564-0
Wiley
2011
183
A3
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21/08/2014

“There’s a job on or around the water for everyone” is the claim made by this title and the nine chapters, covering 177 pages, back this up with plenty of practical advice from experts and is also illustrated with high quality colour photographs. Throughout the book there are some key messages, these stress the importance of gaining the right qualifications and, above all, relevant knowledge, experience and transferrable skills. Getting rich quick is seen as a rarity, so be prepared to start off on a voluntary basis and work your way up the career ladder.

There are tips from experts on every page. One suggests “you need 100% commitment, motivation to win and the ability to listen, learn and understand other points of view”, another says “don’t make rash decisions, always leave doors open and have a practical skill base you can take to the team”. There are also some wise words from Ben Ainslie CBE about becoming an Olympic sailor.

The first industry area to be described is commercial yacht charters, this is followed by a section on setting up your own charter business, with issues such as the yacht coding process, marketing and the importance of preparing a business plan. There is a chapter on superyachts; the ultimate dream for anyone with a desire to experience a taste of the high life. This may not be for everyone so the section on training and coaching careers offers some more down to earth opportunities. Sailing support jobs are reviewed, including sailmakers, boatbuilders, surveyors, meteorologists, yacht brokers, chandlers, marina staff, plus jobs in the media and yacht deliveries. For those seeking a more adventurous life, jobs in professional yacht racing and expeditions are included.

The book is full of stories of people who have given up well paid desk jobs in the city in search of their dreams of life on the water. Throughout each section the range of job roles is described and illustrated with examples also the required skills and attributes needed, certification, levels of experience and expected salary range, plus advice on where to look for job opportunities.

Essential reading both for young graduates and all those who feel they are stuck in a rut and looking for a life change.

 

Sue & David Long

 

 

 

Costas del Sol and Blanca

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Hutt, Graham
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978-1846235269
Imray
2014
178
7th
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Review Date: 
21/08/2014

The sixth edition of this pilot was used to good effect whilst cruising in our yacht Onaway in the area covered during May & June 2014. At that time there were a number of locations where the pilot was out of date namely La Linea, Garrucha and Aquilas. Whilst this was a little frustrating it is understandable given the number of locations covered. As you would expect this seventh edition has the same content but has updated those locations highlighted and extended its range a little further along North Africa. Some of the photographs have also been updated.

In all respects the information contained within it’s covers worked well in practice.

Following an introduction covering general information, describing the area, formalities and hazards, there is a useful section on weather and winds. Importantly there are VHF broadcast times and channels for the weather forecast by region, which are significant for us as these are broadcast in English. There are some very useful weather websites suggested, which I used during our trip.

The pilot is split into 3 sections covering the Straits of Gibraltar, Costas del Sol and Blanca; it is then further divided into smaller logical geographical areas. Detailed pilotage information is provided for each port giving advice on arrival and practical detail such as the location of supermarkets. It also does well in providing detail on anchorages as these are few in the area covered.

On the whole the detail is excellent but I did feel that the information on the passage east through the Straits could have been more explicit without becoming too specialised (see the Straits Handbook).

Finally the back section of the pilot contains a good list of waypoints and a useful glossary of terms in English & Spanish.

This pilot is a necessity if cruising in these parts.

Nick Ellis.