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Literature of the Sea
January 16, 2009
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A boat without books aboard looks like a perfect cellar without the wine. Books provide a perfect medicine for ignorance, can teach most of what one needs to know about sailing, can cure allergies for the slow passing of time during crossings, can alleviate the weight of exceedingly cumbersome discomforts and fellow crews.
So the cases are two: either you choose a boat with books aplenty aboard, or you bring your own. If you need some advice, we are constantly updating a comprehensive list for books about sailing and books that are particularly effective in keeping the morale high. Trust us, they are thoroughly tested.

Our special top ten of books about sailing and the Sea

1. The Eight Sailing and Exploration Books, H.W. Tilman.
2. Sailing Alone Around the World, J. Slocum
3. Men's lives, P. Matthiessen
4. The Mirror of the Sea, J. Conrad
5. Wrinkles in Practical Navigation, STS Lecky
6. Heavy Weather Sailing, W. Adlard Coles
7. Ocean Passages for the World, UK Admiralty
8. Glenan's Sailing Course
9. The Long Route, B. Moitessier
10. On Sailing the Sea, H. Belloc

Books one must have aboard - prozac series
1. Scoop, E. Waugh
2. Catch 22, Joseph Heller
3. The Road to Oxiana, R. Byron (not G. Byron!)
4. Any PG Wodehouse collection, the Jeeves Omnibus especially
5. When the Going Was Good, E. Waugh (again...)
6. A short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson
7. The Best of Outside Magazine, VVAA
8. My Uncle Osvald,
9. Under the Glacier, Halldor Laxness
10. The Way of the World, Nicolas Bouvier

Libri in Italiano

Books in Italian
Simone Bianchetti, F. Pozzo - I colori dell'oceano
Giovanni Soldini - Nel Blu
Isabelle Autissier - Sola intorno al mondo
G. Bruce Knecht - La Regata
Pete Goss - Una corsa nel vento
Erik Tabarly - Memorie del largo
Angelo Preden - Una vita nel vento
Elena Caputo - La lunga planata
Franco Malingri La crociera d'altura
A. Sorrentino - Vento di prua
Ernesto Tross - Prua a Est
Alex Carozzo - Qualsiasi oceano va bene

More books
First have a look about the books recommended in a recent iniriative by the
US Naval Academy of Annapolis

Voices of the Old Sea     •  Norman Lewis,
The Improbable Voyage     •  Tristan Jones,
Cape Cod     •  Henry David Thoreau  •  Paul Theroux,
The Last Great Sea, A Voyage Through the Human and Natural History of the North Pacific Ocean     •  Terry Glavin  •  Carl Safina,
Outposts, Journeys to the Surviving Relics of the British Empire     •  Simon Winchester,
My Old Man and the Sea: A Father and Son Sail Around Cape Horn     •  David Hays  •  Daniel Hays,
The Arch of Kerguelen, Voyage to the Island of Desolation     •  Jean-Paul Kauffmann,
End of the Earth, Voyaging to Antarctica     •  Peter Matthiessen,
Desert Solitaire  •  Edward Abbey,
The worst Journey in the World,  - Apsley Cherry Garrad,
Midnight's Children  •  Salman Rushdie,
Our Man in Havana  •  Graham Greene,
Voyage of the Beagle  •  Charles Darwin
Coming into the Country  •  John McPhee,
Songlines  •  Bruce Chatwin,
Collapse, How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed  •  Jared Diamond
The World According to Clarkson, J. Clarkson
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