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  • Journey
  • Sir Peter Blake - An Amazing Life
  • The Last Great Adventure of Sir Peter Blake
  • The Story of Sir Peter Blake
  • Trial by Tasman
  • To the Ice and Beyond
  • Te Kaitoa
  • Peter Montgomery. The Voice Of Yachting
  • Which Way is Starboard Again?
  • Oceans of Time
  • The Boating Disease
  • The Sea is my Wife
  • Creeping Up on Auckland
  • Those Magnificent Men in Their Rob-Roy Canoes
  • Petals of Memory
  • Where Giants Dwell

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    JOURNEY
    By Pippa Blake, Hardback, 1.07kg, 216mm x 262mm, 192 pages, colour photographs. Published 2011.
    Those who followed the life and adventures of Sir Peter Blake recognised his wife Pippa, greeting him at every port throughout his ocean journey, as a partner in all he undertook. His yachting victories were many, and are already well documented, and the public face of Sir Peter and Lady Blake is well known. Pippa Blake: Journey is a private account of their lives together.
    Few people realise that art was Pippa Blake's first love. Her studies at London's Camberwell School of Art earned her First Class Honours in painting. Then the dashing young Peter Blake swept her off her feet, and a more exciting life beckoned.
    Years later, following the tragic and untimely death of her husband, Pippa Blake embarked on possibly the most significant journey of her life: reconnecting with her fine art training and practice. The difficult years following Sir Peter Blake's death are recounted in this book with great honesty.

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    SIR PETER BLAKE An Amazing Life
    By Alan Sefton, Paperback, 0.66kg, 150mm x 228mm, 444 pages. Published 2005.
    Sir Peter Blake was the outstanding sailor/adventure of his time. In a 30-year sailing carer, he won every significant bluewater race on the planet, including the America’s Cup and the Whitbread Round the World race, and slashed the record for the fastest non-stop circumnavigation under sail. Knighted for his achievements and accorded celebrity status in many countries, Sir Peter turned away from competitive sailing in the last years of his life to pursue a passion to help protect the environment that he had enjoyed so much
    Alan Sefton traces Blake’s extraordinary life – from the rigors of ocean racing around the world to the high drama of the America;s Cup triumphs, where the egos of the world’s greatest sailors clash. Sefton describes those controversial years in vivid detail. Blake made the decision to devote his life to saving the world’s oceans, using Seamaster as his classroom. On his last expedition in December 2001, he war tragically murdered by pirates on the Amazon River.

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    THE LAST GREAT ADVENTURE OF SIR PETER BLAKE.
    By Alan Sefton. Paperback, 130mm x 198mm, 280 pages.
    This captivating book follows the late Sir Peter Blake - legendary yachtsman and adventurer - on his final, ill-fated voyage. It tracks him and his dedicated team on the blakexpeditions exploration vessel Seamaster to the environmental pulse points of the planet as they look to generate greater awareness of the need to take better care of our world.
    Sir Peter's last adventure began in New Zealand in late 2000 when he set out to once again cross the Southern Ocean to Cape Horn. After exploring the breathtaking Beagle Channel at the foot of South American, he took Seamaster to 70 degrees south, among the icebergs of Antarctica, then headed north, up the coast of South America, to the rain forests of Amazonia where Seamaster navigated 1400 miles up the Amazon and Negro Rivers.
    As the world knows, Sir Peter was murdered by river pirates on the eve of Seamaster's departure from the Amazon in Decemebr 2001.
    Drawn from the logbooks kept by Sir Peter, and edited by his colleague and close friend Alan Sefton, this book relives that last, fateful voyage and at the same time celebrates both Sir Peter's passion and concern for the world in which we live.

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    THE STORY OF SIR PETER BLAKE.
    By Tessa Duder. Paperback, 0.29kg, 115mm x 234mm, 134 pages, black & white and colour photographs. Published 2012.
    Aimed at the young adult reader but by no means limited to that particular age group, this story of Sir Peter Blake shows us that ordinary New Zealanders can achieve extraordinary things.
    Peter Blake was a New Zealand hero - sailor, adventurer, leader and environmentalist.
    Competing in classic ocean races, he clocked up as many sea miles as any seafarer in history. Among his prizes were the Whitbread Round-the-World Trophy (on his fifth attempt), and the Trophee Jules Verne for the fastest voyage around the world. Then he led his small country to win the famous America's Cup (twice!), and gave his last years to helping the environment.

    Award-winning author Tessa Duder tells the gripping story of Sir Peter's life, revealing how his vision, courage, persistence and sense of fun combined to make him an inspirational leader.

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    TRIAL BY TASMAN.
    By Lindsay Wright. Paperback. 0.49kg, 254 pages, 152mm x 230mm, Published 2014.
    The singlehanded trans-Tasman yacht trace is a unique and special event. The first race was in 1970 and it is still the only singlehanded ocean race in the Southern hemisphere and the second oldest singlehanded ocean race in the world.

    Sailing form New Plymouth (New Zealand) to Mooloolaba near Brisbane (Australia) it has spawned a rich harvest of great stories from the athletes, eccentrics, daredevils, sportspeople and visionaries who have competed, including the first woman to compete in a singlehanded ocean race and, somewhat confusingly, a one-legged, singlehanded sailor.

    The races have been both exhilarating and terrifying. There have been a number of dramatic rescues, a stranding on Middleton Reef and several boats have been lost.

    Every race is covered and most chapters include race participants’ own accounts of their race. Readers are given an insight into what makes people want to sail alone across one of the roughest pieces of water in the world and how individual skippers have tackled loneliness and the practical aspects of sailing, as well as cooking, keeping dry and finding time to sleep.

    Lindsay Wright has been Secretary of the Race Organising Committee since 2006. He is also a former race entrant but had to abandon the race after suffering serious damage to his small yacht from hitting a whale. He has raced yachts out of Wellington, sailed round Cape Horn and worked as a professional raving skipper in the Caribbean. He has worked on oilrig supply vessels, as skipper of research ships, on seismic survey vessels, Greenpeace vessels and as a yacht and fishing boat delivery skipper. He is the author of Blue Water (see entry below), Red Sails, No Sunset and numerous articles for Boating New Zealand, Trade A Boat, NZ Listener, North and South and overseas magazines. He and his partner Kay live aboard their yacht Southern Cross.

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    TO THE ICE AND BEYOND.
    Sailing Solo Across 32 Oceans and Seaways..
    By Graeme Kendall. Hardback. 0.48kg, 205 pages, 160mm x 238mm, Colour photographs, Published 2016.

    Kiwi yachtsman Graeme Kendall was the first person to sail the Northwest Passage solo non-stop. Sailing east to west, he knocked off the "Everest of sailing" in just 12 days - the fastest recorded - as part of his extraordinary solo circumnavigation of the globe. This is a story of determination, meticulous planning and rugged courage. All alone for 193 days in his purpose-built yacht Astral Express, Kendall crossed 28,000 miles of ocean, facing some of the Earth's most terrifying seas. An enthralling adventure, To The Ice And Beyond is an inspiration to all of us to live our dreams, and never to give up.

    Graeme Kendall MNZM (Member of the New Zealand order of merit) is a highly experienced sailor who has sailed in many different parts of the world, including ocean racing. Born in Christchurch, he has sailed since he was a teenager and as an adult has owned several well-known classic heritage yachts including Galatea and Pastime. In 1986 he sailed in the Whitbread Round the World Race with Digby Taylor aboard NZI Enterprise. The following year Graeme and his friend Stan Pearson sailed his yacht Astral Rose in the inaugural two-handed Melbourne-to-Osaka race. He has been self-employed since the age of 25, with a business career that culminated in farming and residential property. Graeme currently lives in Auckland where he is a charter yacht skipper. His boyhood dream has always been to sail solo through the Northwest Passage.

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    TE KAITOA. ZM 5256.
    By Geoff Nevill. Paperback. 0.76kg, 429 pages, 150mm x 220mm, colour photographs, Publ 2016.
    This is the story of an Auckland family who,in 1986,and for seven years, turned their backs on solid careers, sold up and went sailing, intending to circumnavigate the planet in their 43' ferro-cement sloop Te Kaitoa... Launched in 1971, the Te Kaitoa was designed and built by professional boatbuilder Jack Stone.

    This story is not so much about the weathering of storms rather than it details the day to day lives of the couple and how they dealt with the wins and losses that go with the cruising life. A good 'splash' of nautical fare is documented with an equal sum of the 'down & dirty' life of living in a foreign port, town and city. There are many characters depicted that shape and influence their lives both aboard and ashore, (and for better and for worse). This is a factual account written in a style that is endearing, honest, and often just out and out funny!

    After the circumnavigation, Te Kaitoa skippered by Geoff Nevill's stepson Richard Raea, and with a crew of six, she joined the 1995 flotilla protesting French Nuclear testing at Muroroa.

    Te Kaitoa now lies at Gulf Harbour and is owned by Grant Stone. who helped his father build her.

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    PETER MONTGOMERY. THE VOICE OF YACHTING.
    By Bill Francis. Paperback. 0.54kg, 222 pages, 170mm x 240mm, colour photographs, Published 2015.
    For more than 40 years, Peter Montgomery has been a constant radio and television presence for New Zealanders. His 'America's Cup' is now "New Zealand's Cup" is entrenched in the country's lexicon and no-one has done more to establish sailing's place as a mainstream sport, locally and internationally.

    In Peter Montgomery. The Voice of Yachting, author Bill Francis explores the pivotal events in Montgomery's long career and his relationships with sailing high-flyers such as Sir Peter Blake, Chris Dickson, Russell Coutts, Dean Barker, Michael Fay and Grant Dalton.

    But there is more to the Montgomery story than just sailing, and this book covers his broadcasting of other sport, and his poignant family life.

    This is a biography that will appeal to a wide range of New Zealanders.

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    WHICH WAY IS STARBOARD AGAIN?.
    By Anna Kirtlan. Paperback, 0.30kg, 130mm x 198mm, 223 pages, black & white photos. Published 2015.
    When sailing novice Anna Kirtlan takes to the high seas, expect the unexpected. Not many people have the courage to sail the South Pacific with as little experience as Anna, who not only has to learn to sail, from scratch, but also to overcome the severe anxiety and panic attacks that have plagued her since her teens. She is upfront about living with mental illness and of being scared out of her mind at times, but somehow doing it anyway. With humour and insight, Anna relates the adventures she shares with her partner Paddy on board Wildflower and the characters they meet along the way.

    Cantabrian Anna Kirtlan has a background in journalism and communications and is an editor for the New Zealand Post Primary Teachers Association. Although she completed her Boatmasters certificate in 2010 she is still not sure which way is starboard.

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    OCEANS OF TIME.
    By Dave Share. Paperback, 164mm x 230mm, 279 pages, monochrome photos.
    The ocean beckoned Dave at an early age and became a lifelong romance. With his larrikin shipmates he visited the exotic ports of North and South America, Africa and Australasia, finding women, bars, and adventure wherever they went.
    Sailing into the Cuban Missile Crisis and being discriminated against in South Africa because of his dusty skin are just some of many events in this rollicking story of the life of a no-holds-barred seadog.
    Dave jumped ship in New Zealand on three occassions, causing an exasperated judge to suggest "Try the legal way if you like our country so much." He heeded the advice and for the rest of his career plied the Kiwi coast and Cook Strait. He recounts tales and dispels myths about the ferries, their crews, the union and the management - telling it like it was.
    This book is funny, frank, colourful and irreverent - and a unique record from the golden era of shipping in the 1950s and'60s to the present day.

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    THE BOATING DISEASE.
    By Bill Mansbridge. Paperback, 0.77kg, 158mm x 221mm, 420 pages, black & white photographs, published 2011.
    This light-hearted and totally unpolitically correct yarn will transport the reader under full sail from rural NZ, in the early nineteen fifties, to all of Godzone's coastline and some of the more remote islands of the Pacific ocean, with plenty of life's ups and downs along the way.

    Written by a typical kiwi, low budget, do it yourself yachty, the story, besides a lot of other entertaining stuff, relates the coming into being of two large sailing vessels, necessary appendages to the author's endless pursuit of the ultimate freedom. That being, the living on and cruising to, where ever the wind may blow, on your own self-sufficient go anywhere ship.

    Certainly a well illustrated and re-readable addition to any boatie's bookshelf.

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    THE SEA IS MY WIFE - the life of Donald Cairncross Todd.
    By Gordon Berry. Paperback, 0.4kg, 148mm x 207mm, 285 pages, black & white photographs, published 2007.
    Donald (Don) Cairncross Todd was born in Wellington and lived his formative years there before being sent to Nelson College for his secondary education.

    During hs growing up in Eastbourne he and a friend built a small launch that they steamed across Cook Strait to the Marlborough Sounds. After serving an electrical apprenticeship and a time in the Chatham Islands he went back to the "Sounds" where he became involved in a Guest House and Launch charter work.

    Later an Electrical contracting business was started and covered the top of the South island. The sea was always his first love and after many years and vessels, Don is now officially "Retired" form both Electrical and Commercial boating. This book follows the life and escapades of this larger than life person and his sometimes, in hindsight, foolish practical jokes played by him and on him.

    This is intended to be an easy reading, light hearted look, at a sometimes hard but fruitful life of a recent past and never to be repeated era.

    This from the author, Gordon Berry, I enjoyed writing this - I hope you enjoy reading it.

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    CREEPING UP ON AUCKLAND.
    By C.A.Latimer. Paperback, 135mm x 213mm, 167 pages, monochrome photographs.
    In late 1959, twelve people set out on a voyage halfway round the world, from England to New Zealand. It was not a sailing adventure but a commercial project. The boat was the Aberdeen Anzac, a seventy-foot North Sea trawler, and the plan was to make a good profit by selling her to the Wellington Fishermen's Cooperative. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it didn't quite work out like that. In this book, with the benefit of forty-five years' hindsight, C.A. latimer tells the story of an ill-prepared and prolonged passage, certainly not to be emulated - but one which proved to be strangly enjoyable for a variety of unexpected reasons.

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    THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN IN THEIR ROB-ROY CANOES.
    By Jim Parnell. Paperback, 0.22kg, 148mm x 210mm, 113 pages, monochrome photographs. Published in 2012.
    Jim Parnell has done a wonderful job of bringing to life the adventurous days of the Park brothers during the 1890s. Whilst all three were amazing canoeists, George Park in particular showed great skills and daring with his extradinary journeys.
    With fellow adventurer Steve Gurney, Steve Moffatt followed in the Park Brothers' footsteps carrying a replica craft, up the Taramakau River, over Harper Pass and out to the east coast. They came to know the physical difficulties the Park brothers faced as they dragged, carried and roped that craft over slippery rocks and tree roots up and over a mountain pass, before facing challenging rapids and a 120 kilometre paddle down the coast to Christchurch.
    Imagine the risks the Park brothers took when they sailed across Cook Strait in their canoes, at night, with no moon, and only the Brothers Lighthouse to guide them. Yet they did it successfully. Were they brave and adventurous, or follhardy? The readers can decide.

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    PETALS OF MEMORY. SAILOR POET PROTESTER.
    By Peter Williams QC. Paperback, 0.34kg, 150mm x 230mm, 182 pages, monochrome & colour photographs. Published in 2009.
    Petals of Memory is a real revelation about a man who is not only one of the world's leading barristers in criminal law but also a giant for humanity - a committed and courageous advocate for human rights and the concept of "one world" where all peoples, races, religions co-exist in peace and harmony without borders, prejudice and injustice. Also on display is Peter's passion for the sea, love and romance. Peter does not do anything in half measures and is fearless even when faced with imminent danger - whether it is confronting the French Navy in Mururoa or Frank Bainimarama's thugs in Fiji.

    Peter Williams QC has been a lawyer for over 50 years and was appointed to the legal profession's most senior position of Queen's Counsel in 1987. He has written two other books Judicial Misconduct and the New Zealand bestseller A Passion for Justice

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    WHERE GIANTS DWELL.
    By Gerry Evans. Paperback, 0.32kg, 153mm x 230mm, 216 pages, Black & White Images. Published 1999. 0.32 kg.
    Where Giants Dwell is about ships and the men who worked them, of gales and strikes and lockouts, fist fights and murder. It gives a personal and sometimes hunorous account of life at sea and in new Zealand's toughest unions.

    Born in a small coastal town in West Wales, Gerry Evans had a prevailing dream of going to sea. He spent thirty years as a seaman, ten as a watersider and served on the executive of both Unions. His story of men as wild as the sea and as tough and ruthless as their employers, creating in their struggle a colourful part of history that has led us to where we now stand with increasing uncertainty.

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