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Donegal Islands: Paintings and Stories from Sailing..

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Harvey, Ros And Clark, Wallace
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1-900935-31-7
Cottage Publications
2003
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20/02/2014

Donegal Islands: Paintings and Stories from Sailing the Islands;

Ros Harvey and Wallace Clark; Cottage Publications, Donaghadee,

N Ireland 2003

Anyone familiar with the writings of Wallace Clark about his native land will relish this book as will the new reader. In his classic work ‘Sailing Around Ireland’, Clark devotes just three chapters to sailing around the Donegal coast.  In this volume there are ten chapters dedicated to sailing and exploring the islands that lie between Inishtrahull just north east of Malin Head and Inishmurray in Donegal Bay. The book is illustrated with superb pastel drawings by his cousin and shipmate Ros Harvey, an accomplished potter and artist.

As in‘Sailing Around Ireland’ this book comprises some 40 years of sailing anecdotes, history, geology, ecology, literature, religion and brilliant writing about nature.  Clark’s lyrical prose elegantly conveys his love of the Donegal coast and its islands.  Ros Harvey’s pastel work complements Clark’s prose in emphasizing the wild, rugged beauty of Donegal.

For anyone sailing these waters this book is essential background reading, not in a pilot book sense, but in order to capture the special qualities of Ireland’s west coast.  Clark follows in the footsteps of his fellow countrymen, Yeats and Synge, in attributing to this coast a magical and mysterious quality.  In his final chapter Clark ends by saying “…that’s enough of analysis - islands are like pretty girls: to be admired, loved, enjoyed but never understood.”

 

Darryl Hughes

 

The 7th Edition of the Norwegian Cruising Guide

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Phyllis Nickel & John Harries
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978-0-9879818-4-4
Attainable Adventure Cruising Ltd
2013
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20/02/2014

The  7th Edition of the Norwegian Cruising Guide (in 3 Volumes)

Phyllis Nickel and John Harries with Norwegian correspondents Hans Jakob Valderhaug and Eli Husum, £ 84.39 (Amazon uk) or € 29 (e-book via NCG website)

Individual volumes are also available

Norway’s 13,000 nautical miles of mostly spectacular and sheltered coastline deserve a comprehensive English language cruising guide and the 7th Edition of the Norwegian Cruising Guide meets this need admirably.  As well as containing general cruising information, there are detailed descriptions for 950 harbours and anchorages.  The new 3 volume presentation is logical and the text is amply illustrated with many charts and excellent, often stunning, photographs.

Beyond its coverage of Norway, Bjørnøya and Svalbard, this edition includes new sections on the West Coast of Sweden and Jan Mayen.   The Swedish harbour information, while certainly helpful for planning an approach to Norway from the Baltic, is not at the same level of coverage as that for Norway and would need supplementing with other sources if one is intending to explore this coast.

Available in printed or electronic form, the e-book version is particularly attractive in its pricing and valuable in its extensive use of ‘hot links’ to 3rd party web pages which enable access to significant additional material when there is an internet connection available. For example, by clicking on the lat/long reference for each Norwegian harbour or anchorage the corresponding Norwegian Hydrographic Office sea chart opens up!  Most links tried worked very well although one or two did not display the   expected information.

One potential drawback of any e-guide, that of having to laboriously scroll back and forth through the pages, has been cleverly minimised using short-cut links.  I browsed the guide using a desktop computer without much difficulty and I imagine that on a tablet the experience would be even better.

For anyone planning a cruise to Norway this guide is an indispensable companion.

 

 Howard Steen

Atlantic Affair

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Waller, John
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Yiannis Books
2013
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Atlantic Affair; Waller John; CA 17912; ISBN 978-0-9547887-7-3; Yiannis Books; £9.99; 2013.

The title ‘Atlantic Affair’ misled me into thinking that I would be reviewing a book about voyaging to and fro across the Atlantic so it was a disappointment to find that only a quarter of the book was about a shortish cruise from Ireland to the Canaries in 1930, described by the author as an ‘epic single-handed journey’. The yacht was returned to Ireland as cargo.  However, there is a short description of a method of sheeting twin headsails to enable accurate downwind self steering that may be of interest to readers.

Part Two of 75 pages purports to give the background of the single-handed skipper to help explain his motivation. He writes about the ‘Black and Tans’ claiming that they were recruited from “jails in England” and “were of low mentality and largely unemployable and dangerous” so supplementing the dreadful stories told of them by John M Feehan in his books: The Magic of the Kerry Coast, The Secret Places of the West Cork Coast and The Wind that Round the Fastnet Sweeps that I would commend to anyone contemplating a cruise along that coast. It should be noted by the reader however that a trawl through the internet does not support Waller’s assertions.

Part Three is a disjointed record of the skipper’s final days from his divorce through remarriage and ending in bankruptcy. An appendix about ‘A Solution to Potato Blight’ seems to be a non sequitur.

Ian Galletti