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Vin Rouge, Fiestas and a Small Boat

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17742
Smith, Eugenie C
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978-1480061651
Eugenie C Smith at CreateSpace
2012
140
1st
J44
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Review Date: 
15/01/2014

According to the author’s website, Vin Rouge, Fiestas and a Small Boat is a Kindle best seller. It is part of a trilogy of travelogues, describing a trip from Canvey Island in Essex, through the French canals and on to the Costa Del Sol in Southern Spain.

The diaries describe boating life away from the stresses and strains of everyday life, with some unique experiences, such as when a kind Frenchman lost a cleat on his motorboat when towing their grounded yacht to safety. The stories reminded us of the extremes of adventures travelling through waterways in France, from the wonderful hospitality of the locals to the state of public toilets in some places. An amusing passage  relates a warning on the perils of eating out in a foreign country when you are inebriated and do not speak the language, resulting in getting pigs’ trotters instead of pork chops

However, it is not all plain sailing, as the peace and tranquillity of the French inland waterways is contrasted with getting caught out when crossing the Gulf of Lion with a Mistral blowing and huge waves.

.A question arises over the value of the technical information in this book as it is written about a journey made about thirty years ago. Had the book been written soon after the trip, this would have been a valuable resource to others planning a similar passage.  Dated though it may be, some of the messages are still relevant today. One good example is a caution about taking advice from strangers – on being told the weather forecast  to expect calm seas by a Spanish fisherman, only to meet Force 5/6 and rough seas. At one hundred and forty pages, this is a light read with some amusing salty tales but would have been improved with the inclusion of some photographs, maps and chartlets.

 

Reviewed by Sue & David Long

Word count 340

 

South & West Coasts of Ireland Sailing Directions

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Kean, Norman
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978-0-9558-199-4-0
Irish Cruising Club
2013
352
13th
Q GBI
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Review Date: 
21/11/2013

Irish Cruising Club (ICC): South & West Coasts of Ireland Sailing Directions,

13th Edition

Sailing his gaff cutter “Foam” around S.W.Ireland in 1889 Claud Worth,later a founding CA member,commented that he ran out of superlatives when “trying to describe the beauty of this coast”.Using the ICC’s latest Sailing Directions is a similar experience.Last year I spent one month cruising S.W. Ireland using the 12th edition and could not really imagine any improvements that could be made to such a seminal work.I was wrong.In 2013 I retraced my steps using the 13th edition.This includes five new harbours and marinas,nine new harbour plans,over 150 changes to navigational aids since 2008 and more photographs.Layout changes make information on Lights and Marks,Tides and Dangers even easier to use.The ICC have now raised the bar even higher.Sailing into Ballinskelligs Bay in 1889 Claud Worth “discovered” a snug anchorage not mentioned in the sailing directions he was using at the time-not the ICC’s.Had he been able to climb into the Tardis and consult the 13th edition of these magnificent Sailing Directions it would have saved him many anxious moments.If you are sailing  these coasts the 13th edition is  a must.In the words of a previous edition reviewer “as Sailing Directions go it is well-nigh perfect”.

 Darryl Hughes

GMDSS A User's Handbook

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Brehaut, Denise
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978-1-4081-8782-1
Bloomsbury
2013
128
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Review Date: 
12/11/2013

Most of us know about, and probably hold, the VHF/ SRC (Short Range Certificate) required for marine radio working within the GMDSS (Global Maritime Distress and Safety System) Area 1 (within VHF range of a shore station). 

Beyond this lie the more advanced qualifications for deep sea sailing, the Long Range Certificate, basically the old Restricted Certificate of Competency in Radiotelephony, adding in Medium frequency, and the higher, mainly commercial, Restricted (ROC) and General (GOC) Operator Certificates.  The latter is the highest level and includes satellite communications though these are also available as an extra module for the lower level qualifications if required.   

The reviewed publication deals with the higher qualifications, from LRC upwards and so will probably be of interest to long distance sailors only.  The structure of training courses and exams for these qualifications are discussed and the technicalities and operating procedures for the different systems are described in detail.  Specimen exam questions are provided for the reader to self-test at the end of each section.  

The book provides a concise guide to the subject within its soft cover bound126 pages and can be recommended for anyone who has an interest in the subject or is going in for any of the more advanced radio operator qualifications.            

Mike Ferro