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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.
NZ$40.00 + delivery.
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.
NZ$42.50 + delivery.
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.
NZ$41.00 + delivery.
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.
NZ$45.00 + delivery.
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.
NZ$42.00 + delivery.
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.
NZ$28.00 + delivery.
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
NZ$25.00 + delivery.
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.
NZ$46.00 + delivery.
THE LONG WAY
By Bernard Moitessier. Pbk, 135mm x 210mm, 252 pages, monochrome drawings and maps. Sheridan House Edition 2019
The Long Way is Bernard Moitessier's own incredible story of his participation in the first Golden Globe Race, a solo, non-stop circumnavigation rounding the three great Capes of Good Hope, Leeuwin, and the Horn.
For seven months, the veteran seafarer battled storms, doldrums, gear-failures, knock-downs, as well as overwhelming fatigue and loneliness. Then, nearing the finish, Moitessier pulled out of the race and sailed on for another three months before ending his 37,455-mile journey in Tahiti.
Not once had he touched land.
NZ$45.00 + delivery.
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.
NZ$46.00 + delivery.
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.
NZ$90.00 + delivery.
SAILING TO THE REEFS
By Bernard Moitessier. Softback, 295 pages, 138mm x 215mm, 0.39kg Published this Edition 2001
Perhaps the title of this book, (Bernard Moitessier's first), should have been "Sailing on the Reefs'--for that is exactly what he did, almost unbelievably, twice.
After finding his beloved Marie-Therese, a beautiful junk in the Gulf of Siam, he set off across the Indian Ocean for Africa and eventually the Caribbean.
Eighty days or so into the trip, Moitessier and Marie-Therese found themselves on the reef at Diego Garcia.
It took Moitessier just nine months to build Marie-Therese II from scratch in Mauritius with no boat plans or power tools.
From her launch he sailed her down to South Africa.
His observations during a stay of almost two years are as interesting as the people he met and the innovative boat improvements he came up with.
Unfortunately, he and Marie-Therese II managed to end up on the rocks near St. Vincent in the Caribbean.
In between these two heartbreaking disasters is a tale of courage, resourcefulness, and creativity.
It is told with refreshing honesty, in which Moitessier, still really an apprentice sailor, admits his blunders. And it is told with marvelous humor.
NZ$48.00 + delivery.