Nautical Tales, Yarns and Biographies page nine.


TRISTAN JONES, JOSHUA SLOCUM, BERNARD MOITESSIER



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  • Somewheres East of Suez
  • Saga of a Wayward Sailor
  • The Incredible Voyage
  • The Improbable Voyage
  • Encounters of a Wayward Sailor
  • Aka
  • Ice
  • Captain Joshua Slocum
  • Sailing Alone Around the World
  • Sailing Alone Around the World (Stanfords Travel Classic)
  • Moitessier - A Sailing Legend
  • The Long Way
  • A Sea Vagabond's World
  • Cape Horn - The Logical Route
  • Tamata and the Alliance
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    SOMEWHERES EAST OF SUEZ.
    By Tristan Jones. Pbk, 152mm x 230mm, 252 pages. 0.38kg Published 1999

    In 1983 Tristan Jones had his left leg amputated. After a long and arduous lifetime at sea, it would have been understandable if he had made his way far inland carrying a pair of oars over his shoulder, until someone asked: What are those things you re carrying?' And there he would settle down. But not him. Instead, he acquired a 38 ft (11.6 m) trimaran and set out to sail around the world. This book is the third episode of an extraordinary saga. The first, Outward Leg, told of his voyage from San Diego to London; the second, The Improbable Voyage, of his journey from the North Sea, through the rivers of Central Europe, to the Black Sea; and in this final installment he sails 8,000 miles from Istanbul to Thailand.

    The trip is hardly what one might call pleasant. Along the way, he and his two young crew battle with life-threatening encounters with terrorists, warring nations, tropical cyclones and the vast, windless expanse of the Indian Ocean, where he and his crew fight to survive on a dwindling ration of water. Jones meets all these problems head-on with his usual mix of stubborn resourcefulness and acerbic wit. Not one to suffer fools gladly, our Tristan.

    A gritty, compelling read from a man who refused to accept society's restraints and who has become something of a national maritime treasure.

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    SAGA OF A WAYWARD SAILOR.
    By Tristan Jones. Pbk, 137mm x 208mm, 263 pages.
    This book chronicles Jones' adventures aboard his beloved Cresswell, a wooden lifeboat converted to cruising sailboat. Jones survives storms, dismastings, arrest by the Soviet Navy, the smuggling of Edam cheeses and Barbary apes, and being sunk by whales. We also get to meet an intriguing cast of dockside characters: Karl, the German fish-canning salesman; Pete, the Australian smuggler; Sissie, the Englishwoman who wheedles her way permanently aboard; and Nelson, Jones' three-legged dog.
    Saga of a Wayward Sailor is quintessential Jones: exciting, poignant, outrageous, and thoroughly amusing.

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    THE INCREDIBLE VOYAGE.
    By Tristan Jones. Paperback, 150mm x 228mm, 390 pages.
    During his intrepid six-year voyage, sailing on a small craft on the lowest body of water in the world, the Dead Sea in Israel - and the highest, Lake Titicaca in the Andes, Tristan Jones covered a distance equal to twice the circumference of the world and found himself "a thousand times beyond the limits of endurance." This gripping sea yarn is at once a riveting adventure story and a testament to human tenacity. In a salty, slashing style, he unfolds his extraordinary saga, revealing both a rich sense of history and an insuppressible Welsh wit.
    With a singleness of purpose as ferocious as any hazard he encountered, Triatan Jones would not give up - even after dodging snipers on the Red Sea, capsizing off the Cape of Good Hope, starving on the Amazon, struggling for 3,000 miles against the mightiest sea current in the world, and hauling his boat over the rugged Andes three miles above sea level to find at last the legendary Island of the Sun. And beyond lay the most awesome challenge of all - the tortuous trek through 6,000 miles of unchartered rivers to find his way back to the ocean.

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    THE IMPROBABLE VOYAGE.
    By Tristan Jones. Paperback, 153mm x 229mm, 332 pages.
    This book is the astonishing account of Tristan Jones' 2,307-mile voyage across Europe in an ocean-going trimaran. With characteristic wit and inimitable style, the legendary sailor and master storyteller continues this tale of his round-the-world voyage begun in Outward Leg. Having half-recovered in an Amsterdam hospital from broken ribs and a collapsed lung, Tristan, together with his crew, sets off up the Rhine and experiences the most severe winter known in Europe for many years. Battling ice and cold, petty-minded bureaucrats and customs officials, Bulgarian gun-boats and Romanian frontier police, he charts his hazardous course up the Rhine and down the Danube. Flying the Red Ensign, the Stars and Stripes, and the Red Dragon of Wales, and playing bagpipe music at full volume, Tristan announces his passage in every town as he sails indomitably through eight countries to emerge triumphant, if penniless, in the Black Sea.
    A memorable contribution to travel accounts of Central Europe behind the Iron Curtain, The Improbable Voyage offers a vivid portrayal of life along Europe's oldest water routes. But it is the people from all walks of life whom Tristan meets on this unlikely voyage and the adventures, both hilarious and daunting, that he and his crew experience along the way, that will enchant the ever-increasing number of devotees of this extraordinary sailor and writer.

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    ENCOUNTERS OF A WAYWARD SAILOR.
    By Tristan Jones. Paperback, 137mm x 210mm, 198 pages.
    Here is Tristan Jones, the great teller of sea stories with a new collection of yarns, reminiscences and adventures never before published in book form. Drawing on experiences from a lifetime at sea, Jones uses his acute powers of observation and his gift with the written word to transport us aboard boats struggling through savage gales, sweltering through parched calms, and sliding down the trade winds through beautiful phosphorescent seas.
    We meet famous mountain climber and sailing adventurer Bill Tilman, long-distance voyager and writer Bernard Moitessier, and pioneering woman sailor Clare Francis, as well as a panoply of memorable characters who inevitably crossed Jones' path.
    With a special poignancy and his wry sense of humor, Jones brings back to life people, places, and boats now gone forever. He recalls the best anchorages he visited, the many boats he sailed, his favorite cities, and his most memorable voyages. And for veteran Tristan Jones readers, this book offers a glimpse of his last years in Thailand.

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    AKA.
    By Tristan Jones. Paperback, 148mm x 225mm, 205 pages.
    In a last-ditch effort to win status and success, middle-aged adventurer Bill Conan enters a 30,000-mile single-handed race to sail around the world. This ultimate test of skill, strength, and endurance leads him across the vast expanse of the treacherous Atlantic Ocean, where a sudden change in wind throws him off balance and sends him overboard. Alone in the still, open sea he fights to keep from drowning, knowing it is a fight that he must lose...
    But Conan has fallen into the migratory path of a bottle-nosed dolphin named Aka and his tribe. In an exhilarating encounter, they sense Conan's plight, communicate with him, and work to keep him afloat and alive.
    A stirring adventure tale, Aka is also an unforgettable portrait of the ancient history of dolphins, their extraordinary traits and abilities, and their eternal friendship with humans.

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    ICE.
    By Tristan Jones. Paperback. 281 pages, 140mm x 210mm.
    In his first book, Jones, the much-loved author of sailing stories, tells the story of setting out from Iceland in Creswell to sail a boat further north than anybody else. Accompanied by Nelson, his one-eyed, three-legged Labrador, Jones holes up for winter in a Greenland fjord. Trapped by a violent snowstorm, without adequate food or cover, he spends a week trying to dig himself out before being rescued.
    The second winter Jones, Nelson and Creswell are trapped in the middle of an ice pack in the Arctic Ocean. For 366 days they remain there, marooned in the bleak murk of the polar winter.

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    CAPTAIN JOSHUA SLOCUM - The Adventures of America's Best Known Sailor
    By Victor Slocum. Paperback, 0.64 kg, 149mm x 221mm, 384 pages, black and white photographs. Reprinted in 2001.
    Captain Joshua Slocum, 'America's best known sailor', was the first man to sail alone around the world. But his famous voyage in the 36-foot sloop Spray was only the culmination of a life filled with adventure, pioneering and enterprise.
    In his native Nova Scotia town of Brier Island, the fishermen were also their own shipbuilders, so that Captain Joshua's life of building and commanding ships on all the world's seas came naturally. Strange and exciting experiences enlivened his commands aboard such sailing ships as the Washington in the northern Alaska fisheries; the Constitution, a Honolulu - San Fransisco packet; the B. Aymar in the glorious China trade; the schooner Pato; the bark Amethyst, a former whaler; the Northern Light, 'the finest America ship afloat' which had two attempted mutinies on one voyage and narrowly missed the Krakatoa eruption in the Sunda Strait; the Aquidneck, which traded on the South American coast and whose loss in Brazil inspired the building of the famous Libertade.
    Then came the building of the Spray and one more fling as skipper of the gun vessel Destroyer to help put down a Brazilian rebellion. After these eventful years, Captain Slocum set out to sail around the world alone. Many unpublished facts about the famous voyage are told here by his son and biographer Victor Slocum. Rare photos, drawings, maps and boat plans document this fine, full biography.

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    SAILING ALONE AROUND THE WORLD.
    By Captain Joshua Slocum. Paperback, 130mm x 198mm, 294 pages, monochrome illustrations.
    Joshua Slocum's epic solo voyage around the world in 1895 in the 37 foot sloop Spray stands as one of the greatest sea adventures of all time. It remains one of the major feats of single-handed voyaging, and has since been the inspiration for the many who have gone to sea in small boats.
    Starting from Boston on 24 April 1895, Slocum crossed the Atlantic to Gibraltar, only to discover he would have to change his route. He then re-crossed the Atlantic and followed Magellan's course south-westwards, sailing through the Strait, traversing the Pacific and Indian Oceans, rounding the Cape of Good Hope, and crossing the Atlantic a third time, dropping anchor at Newport, Rhode Island on 27 June 1898. He had covered some 46,000 miles entirely under sail and entirely alone - much of the time with the wheel lashed while he sat below reading, cooking or mending his clothes.
    Slocum's account of his epic voyage is a classic of sailing literature, acclaimed as an unequalled masterpiece of vital yet disciplined prose. It will be welcomed by admirers of Slocum's legendary achievement.

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    SAILING ALONE AROUND THE WORLD.
    By Captain Joshua Slocum. Paperback, 130mm x 198mm, 164 pages, monochrome illustrations. Published in this edition 2015

    Sailing Alone around the World is the extraordinary story of one man's courage and resourcefulness, and has an enduring and universal appeal as a landmark of world adventure. Stanfords Travel Classics feature some of the finest historical travel writing in the English language, with authors hailing from both sides of the Atlantic

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    MOITESSIER: A SAILING LEGEND.
    By Jean-Michel Barrault. Pbk, 150mm x 225mm, 234 pages.
    Introduction by Peter Nichols
    If you are a fan of Bernard Moitessier you will enjoy this book. Jean-Michel Barrault was a close and lasting friend and has given us an insight to Moitessier, snippets of work and thoughts that eventually would come out in Moitessier's writing. What a determined man in all his life, to live it as he wanted, no one could push him to produce work that would not be to his own standards. Admired by the sailing world and people in general. His philosophy on life touched all types of people, not just those involved with the sea. A man who perhaps was allways thinking, not how to make more money but how we can live in harmony with our earth.An inspirational read.

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    THE LONG WAY
    By Bernard Moitessier. Pbk, 135mm x 210mm, 252 pages, monochrome drawings and maps.
    This saga began as the Round the World Race for single handed yachts. The route was from Plymouth, rounding the three great capes (quoted from the race instructions - "leave Cape Horn to port"), the voyage was expected to be nearly a year's sailing.
    For the author the race finished in mid-Pacific after he had passed the three Capes and crossed his outward track, thereby circumnavigating the globe. He forfeited the race and finally anchored amongst old friends in Tahiti.
    The incident caused a media uproar and the usual conspiracy hoo-har that people who no understanding of single-handed sailing do in such circumstances.

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    A SEA VAGABOND'S WORLD
    ByBernard Moitessier. Pbk, 150mm x 235mm, 216 pages.
    "I would like now to write a practical book that will cover three topics: boats, the sea, and the beachcombing life." These were the thoughts of Bernard Moitessier after he finished writing his last book, Tamata and the Alliance, while in Polynesia.
    The Great Master died in 1994 and never completed the book, but here it is, meticulously collected from his many writings, published and unpublished, by his companion Veronique Lerebours Pigeonniere. Moitessier's notebooks include all the know-how and the 1001 tips of this legendary sailor, the knowledge he acquired on the water, in meeting with other sailors, during long passages, and during his many years living on various islands. This simple how-to volume explains why the sea never changes despite the incredible progress of technology. The first part of the book details how to prepare for an extensive cruise, what kind of boat to choose, the rigging, the sails, the anchors, on deck, below deck. The second part describes the passage: the weather, navigation, watch-keeping, and heavy weather. In the third part, Moitessier takes us to the South Sea Islands and shows how to adapt to living on an atoll, gardening, fishing, and attaining self-sufficiency.

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    CAPE HORN The Logical Route
    By Bernard Moitessier. Pbk, 140mm x 215mm, 251pages, monochrome drawings.
    Ship wrecked and destitute Bernard Moitessier find himself in Trinidad going through options to get himself to sea, then a phone call changed his situation in a way he never thought possible, fortune shone on him again. After accepting a passage back to Europe on a freighter he started from scratch and once again got the boat he wanted. Built of steel and a sea-kindly hull Joshua took Bernard and his wife to Tahiti where life was as it should be.
    The time comes when one has to take another tack and so to get back to Europe, Cape Horn was The Logical Route. Francoise his wife was not an experienced sailor and the journey was not easy but Joshua looked after them.
    Bernard Moitessier writes with a great sense of philosophy, never dramtic, always calm and accepting of the conditions Moitessier writes a very readable book. This book also has a chapter Designer's Notes which has a lot of discussion on the seaworthiness of that particular design, worth reading if you are looking at a specific cruising design.

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    TAMATA AND THE ALLIANCE
    By Bernard Moitessier. Hardback, 378 pages, 160mm x 240mm, black and white photos.
    This is the last book by Moitessier, the guru of the sea vagabonds, the author of The Long Way who became the spiritual father to a whole generation of dreamers of the sea. Told with lyrical talent, this memoir is also the story of an endless quest around the world, from his native Indochina to the islands of the Pacific and to America.
    Moitessier will always remain the man who rejected security to follow in perfect freedom his Robinson Crusoe destiny.

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