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  • Marco Polo
  • Island Notes
  • Storms Ahead - Rick Dodson
  • Wild Seas to Greenland
  • Classic Penguin
  • South Sea Vagabonds
  • Ngataki T-Shirt
  • Swirly World Sails South
  • Passages
  • The Last Great Adventure of Sir Peter Blake
  • Blue Water
  • To the Ice and Beyond
  • Te Kaitoa
  • Just Sea & Sky

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    YACHTS BY THE DOZEN
    By Robert and Lesley Swan, Paperback, 078kg, 297mm x 210mm, 176 Pages. Full Colour photographs. Published 2024.

    Yachts by the Dozen captures the personal story of Robert and Lesley Swan who have sailed together in New Zealand Waters and around the world for over 50 years.

    Starting with the inspiration to build and sail a sixteen-foot Trailer Sailer then progressing on to the building and sailing yachts capable of offshore voyages.

    When cautioned of the danger to their health if they continued boatbuilding with fiberglass, they took advantage of opportunities presented to them, purchasing, refurbishing, then sailing offshore several classic yachts designed by some of the world’s famous yacht designers.

    On voyaging to Tasmania, they settled on Bruny Island for a while before returning home to Aotearoa. Together they have amassed over 150,000 nautical miles, escaping the loss of any vessel relying on their attention to detail, their careful planning, their own resources and a joint love of the sea and adventure.

    NZ$75.00 + delivery.

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    MARCO POLO
    By Tony Armitt, Paperback, 0.89kg, 148mm x 210mm, 592 Pages.Black & White Images. Published 2022.
    The first-hand story of the first Kiwis to sail around the World.

    In 1951, an 18-year-old Kiwi lad named Tony Armit decided to build a 28-foot wooden yacht. Three years later, he christened her Marco Polo, then with a former school rugby mate, Brian ‘Tig’ Loe, set sail from Auckland on an epic voyage... and whatever adventure may await. In the process, Tony and Tig became the first New Zealanders to circumnavigate the globe.

    Tony always intended to write a book, and now – about 70 years later – he has, telling the story here for the first time in full – a vital addition to New Zealand’s proud sailing heritage.
    Through near disaster, good fortune, storm and calm, it's a yarn full of humour, drama, can-do Kiwism, romance and adventure, as Tig, Tony and Marco experience the world as it was in the 1950s.
    First heading to Australia, then across the Indian Ocean to South Africa, round the Cape, across the Atlantic to the Caribbean, North America, the Panama Canal, the Galápagos, the Pacific Islands – and points between – encountering a host of colourful and unique characters along the way.

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    ISLAND NOTES
    By Tim Higham, Paperback, 0.24kg, 150mm x 205mm, 162 Pages. Colour Photographs. Published 2021.

    An off-grid house on Aotea Great Barrier Island promises to fulfil one man’s dreams, but he discovers to his cost that nothing can be taken for granted.

    Award-winning science writer and advocate for the wilderness Tim Higham, has written a memoir that draws inspiration from some of the great nature writers, while establishing his own distinctive and informed voice and a sense of place that could only be Aotearoa.

    Part Man Alone, part love story, Island Notes explores questions of belonging, loss and impermanence and whether the life, seas and forests of a wild island can offer a reconciliation with our past.

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    STORMS AHEAD Rick Dodson: America's Cup champion to Paralympian
    By Rebecca Hayter Paperback, 0.494kg, 154mm x 230mm, 224 Pages. Colour Photographs. Published 2023.
    In 1997, Americas’ Cup-winning strategist Rick Dodson thought he was invincible. He had a happy marriage, a stack of wins in national and international sailing, and was part-owner of one of the world’s most technically advanced sailmakers.

    But a diagnosis of MS (multiple sclerosis) threatened his world. He kept it secret and was strategist in two more America’s Cups. In 2012 Rick co-founded Kiwi Gold Sailing to compete at the 2016 Rio Paralympics Games.

    Storms Ahead – Rick Dodson: America’s Cup Champion to Paralympian is a story of determination and relentless optimism, written by award-winning yachting journalist Rebecca Hayter. Including interviews with Sir Russell Coutts and other members of Team New Zealand, it captures the extraordinary mateship that won the America’s Cup in 1995 and 2000, and was a major factor in Rick Dodson’s Paralympian campaign.

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    WILD SEAS TO GREENLAND
    By Rebecca Hayter, 230mm x 153 mm 0.35 kg . Softback. 200 Pages. Colour Photos. Published 2021.
    A Sailing Adventure with Ocean Racer Ross Field.

    When New Zealand ocean racing skipper Ross Field retired from professional sailing, he was already looking for his next, unusual adventure. In a dusty boatyard in France, he bought a 20-year-old aluminium yacht. She was a mess, but he knew the yacht was immensely strong. Ross named her Rosemary, refitted her for the high latitudes and set his sights on the Northwest Passage.

    Yachting journalist Rebecca Hayter followed his refit in detail, and then she signed on as crew.

    In this book, Rebecca recounts life on board, the highs and lows of ocean cruising, and her own personal challenges.
    She shares Ross's war stories from famous yacht races, laughs at his jokes and observes his boat handling skills in the storms of the North Atlantic.

    The central part of the story is set in the chilling vastness of Greenland Fjords: icebergs, whales and 'fishing boats that munch growlers for breakfast'

    Rebecca also shares excerpts from Sheila in the Wind, written by her father Adrian Hayter, who sailed around the world single-handed in the 1950s and 60s. He set sail out of desperation with virtually no sailing knowledge, navigating by sextant, communicating ship-to-ship by Morse code.
    It’s a poignant juxtaposition to Rebecca’s experience, sailing with one of New Zealand’s most experienced ocean skippers, with instant navigation, communication and highly skilled in weather routing technology to avoid North Atlantic storms.

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    CLASSIC PENGUIN.
    By Peter 'Penguin' Blackwell, Paperback, 0.51kg, 148mm x 210mm, 231 pages. Colour and Black and White Photographs. Published September 2020.
    The miscellaneous memoir of 'Penguin, a boy from Aotea-Great Barrier Island.

    A few words from Sir Graham Henry in the forword to this memoir...
    Peter'Penguin' Blackwell to his mates. Why 'Penguin?', well, he has the body of a penguin, walks like a penguin and loves the sea - like a penguin. So penguin he is....

    Peter is a descendant of one of early settler families- The Blackwells. He grew up on the island and has been a long standing member of the community all his life.
    His book is laced with fantastic stories of his early days on Great Barrier Island, tales of where his Barrier 'can do' attitude has taken him and the unequivocal changes the island and NZ have seen throughout his lifetime.

    This is a marvellous, highly illustrated memoir (part history)with many wonderful photographs.
    Immensely readable and a joy to read, Peter pulls no punches and calls a spade a spade...We loved it!

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    SOUTH SEA VAGABONDS.
    By J.(Johnny) W. Wray. Softback, 0.28 kgs, 128mm x 200mm, 356 pages, Black & White Photographs. Published 2016.
    South Sea Vagabonds, the book that inspired generations of New Zealand sailors, is reprinted on its 75th anniversary.

    "This book is written primarily for dreamers, and they don't mind if a man can write or not as long as the facts are there. It is written for the man who works in a city office and dreams about sparkling blue waters and coconut palms and white sails bellying to the warm trade-winds. It will, perhaps, show him how it is possible to break away from the ties of civilization, build himself a boat and sail in her wherever he wills. I was a dreamer once, but now my dreams have come true, and I am satisfied and happy." ~ excerpt from the preface of South Sea Vagabonds by Johnny Wray

    When unemployed Aucklander Johnny Wray wrote and published South Sea Vagabonds in 1939 he probably had no idea of the effect his story would have on generations of New Zealand back-yard sailors. The book charted his building of the 35 foot yacht Ngataki in his backyard from materials scavenged throughout the city, his cruises around the Hauraki Gulf and subsequently with crews of young New Zealanders, his adventures in the South Pacific, cruising the Islands, racing, trading, even hunting for treasure.

    Johnny’s tale of those adventures, South Sea Vagabonds, is funny and unafraid. Not surprisingly, it was an instant success. Four editions and seventy five years later the book is fondly remembered and often sought

    Johnny died on Waiheke Island in 1986 but the legend he created for New Zealand sailors lives on: with spirit and determination they can do anything. The Ngataki survived, number eight wire and all, and has been restored by the Tino Rawa Trust.

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    NGATAKI T-SHIRT.
    By Tino Rawa Trust,
    Blue-Grey T-Shirt
    Help fundraise for Ngataki's current restoration
    100% of all T-Shirt sales go to the ongoing restoration.

    Top quality blue-grey T- Shirt featuring the NGATAKI (Johnny Wray/ South Sea Vagabonds) line drawing on the back and Tino Rawa Trust and NGATAKI Logo on the front. Plus Johnny Wray's Rum and Boat Books logo on the sleeves.

    Available sizes:

    Womens Classic: Small & Medium
    Mens Classic: Small, Medium, Large, XL, 2XL

    (Please specify required size on the order form. Note that the sizing is 'generous')

    NZ$40.00 + delivery.

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    SWIRLY WORLD SAILS SOUTH.
    By Andrew Fagan, Paperback, 0.42kg, 153mm x 233mm, 288 pages. Published June 2012.
    In 2007, Kiwi musician and radio personality Andrew Fagan set sail in his tiny 5.4-metre plywood yacht to circumnavigate New Zealand. And just to make it more difficult, he included a leg to the sub-Antarctic Auckland Islands in the notorious Southern Ocean.
    All in all he sailed over 3000 miles (around 5000km) in two months. facing such potentially lethal conditions in such a tiny craft took careful planning mixed with extreme determination, serious fortitude and uncommon daring.
    In this account of his voyage, Fagan tells of having to avoid icebergs, sail through a force ten storm and visit sites of shipwercks at Port Ross in the Auckland Island Group. 'With the genuine concern of a very fatigued person, I was sailing for my life and I knew it!'
    Swirly World Sails South is a sharply accurate and humorous narrative that offers a unique and refreshing perspective on the world of solo sailing.

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    PASSAGES
    By Linda Trubridge, Softback, 0.54kg, 150mm x 230mm, 444 pages. 2019.

    Passages is a personal, yet universal story of a life in harmony with nature. When Linda Trubridge, her husband David, and their two small boys, Sam and William, bought a yacht called Hornpipe and set sail for tropical waters, they cast off from all security.
    So began a nomadic adventure when they had to depend on their own resources, navigating by the sun and stars.

    This beautifully illustrated book presents a thrillingly honest, yet poetic reflection on the challenges of fulfilling a dream, as seen from a mother's perspective. Those ocean passages were a non stop roller coaster ride: "There were times when they plunged into the deepest trough of the wave and there were times when they rode, in exhilaration, the highest crest".

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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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    BLUE WATER.
    Stories from a life Afloat.
    By Lindsay Wright. Paperback. 0.49kg, 336 pages, 152mm x 230mm, Colour Photographs. Published 2010.
    Blue Water is a collection of true adventure stories from a writer in love with the sea ...

    This collection of stories includes a novella inspired by a lifetime of sailing adventures and misadventures.
    Lindsay Wright is a sailor whose love of the sea has brought him back time and time again, despite mishap, mayhem and the occasional life-threatening disaster.
    A book for those with saltwater in their veins, this personal selection is the perfect book to take on board - or to read at home when you can't make it to the sea.
    In all, a collection of 23 autobiographical stories from Lindsay Wright's working life as a professional yachtsman, delivery skipper, charter skipper and shipmaster.

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    TO THE ICE AND BEYOND.
    Sailing Solo Across 32 Oceans and Seaways..
    By Graeme Kendall. Paperback. 0.37kg, 205 pages, 160mm x 238mm, Colour photographs, Published 2017.

    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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    JUST SEA & SKY
    By Ben Pester, Softback, 0.26kg, 129mm x 198mm, 192 pages. Full colour and black & white photographs. Reprinted 2011.

    Ben Pester’s enchanting account of his epic voyage from Plymouth to New Zealand in 1953 provides a fascinating glimpse into the bygone age of traditional seamanship. Without the modern luxuries we take for granted today, Ben and his crew, Peter Fox, set off with no onboard radio, GPS, electronics or even cabin lights, lifejackets or liferaft. Instead, they embarked on their 14,000-mile voyage aboard the 39ft gaff yawl Tern II relying solely on hand steering, cranking the engine by hand and navigating with sextant, oil lamps and torches.
    As Tern II made her way around the world ben and Peter stumbled across drunken harbourmasters, encountered the mafia, witnessed the legacy of slavery and experienced lost civilisations in the Pacific. This delightfully personal and very engaging account is a true adventure story, told in captivating detail and enriched with colour photographs and route maps of the voyage.
    Just Sea & Sky shows how it was, and still is, possible to appreciate the simple pleasures of traditional sailing without the complications of modern-day equipment. It will enchant the landlubber and transport today’s sailor back into the different world of only a few decades ago.

    NZ$25.00 + delivery.

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