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by Gavin LeSueur
After being plucked from a life raft in the gale-torn Tasman Sea, Gavin LeSueur (a doctor by profession) wrote his best-seller Windswept. The security of dry land did not last long.
The Line is about jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire.
A modern-day adventurer, LeSueur shares with raw insight and frightening pace, the events that determine who decides to challenge, and who survives the ravages of the ocean.
The Line is the story of the doctor who rather sails then sews up patients, he rather battles the sea than disease. An inside look at the politics, the adventure and love surrounding the Australian Bi-Centennial sailboat race around the continent.
Getting to the starting line was a battle, surviving the first night was a drama, and then the marathon began. The toughest coastal race in the world - 8,000 miles - in which a sailor is lost on the first night out! This is a real adventure story with more than its fair share of controversy, and a great learning experience about multihulls as well as their capabilities versus their shortcomings.
Gavin LeSueur’s life will never be the same. But, it’s not just a boat race; it’s high adventure, gripping fear, sizzling love, devotion and perseverance.
This book presents a parade of Australia’s best-known multihulls, such as John West, Steinlager 1, Verbatim (ex-Bullfrog), Power Brewing (ex-Yumi Maru), Spirit of Cairns, Escapade, Skedaddle, St. Therese, and others; and famous sailors, like Ian Johnston, Cathy Hawkins, Peter Blake, Martin Pryor, and others.
#182 Hardcover, 327 pp, 5 1/2" x 8 3/4", b&w photos & small maps of the race course …Eur 38,70
by Tim Zimmermann
(reviewed by Charles K. Chiodi)
This book is a thrilling account of sailing’s extremes: a nonstop race around the world by the best sailors on the most technically advanced sailboats.
Millions of dollars and many lives were risked to achieve what no man had done before. Oh, yes, there are Around The World races in solo and crewed mode, sponsored by major corporations, putting into ports for the fanfare (and publicity), but none of them this grueling, this on-the-razor’s-edge, and so intense that the entire world’s news media would focus on it for 62 days. Were these boats all up to the task and the cruelty of the Southern Oceans?
Were all these men masochists or mad to do this Race? Is Bruno Peyron, the inventor and father of this race sane?
“What the hell is this?” – asks Cam Lewis, skipper of Team Adventure, then he wipes his salt-encrusted goggles while steering the boat at 30 knots, and suddenly realizes that what appeared to be a cloud is nothing less than an iceberg, right on collision course. At this speed, it is disaster waiting to happen – in minutes!
Reading “The Race” is like being aboard. Zimmermann, an experienced blue-water sailor himself, is very skillful in writing this book. Although sarcastic at times about multihulls, he cannot deny their superiority. To initiate the uninitiated, he goes back in history to Joshua Slocum and the early stars of circumnavigations. He explains what a nautical mile and a knot means. But, he does it in a very subtle way, not to belittle those who never read a nautical account.
He sheds light on the plight of Team Phillips, the ill-fated, much-too-high technology catamaran that was ahead of its time.
So was Team Adventure’s revolutionary new sail material, the Cuban Fiber. When I visited at the home of Randy Smyth, the sailmaker and crew on the boat, he showed me a piece of this material. It was like a stiff aluminum foil. I had a hard time understanding how you can make a sail out of it but, I guess, when you make it into a football-field size, all you need is a big loft.
The description of the Southern Ocean couldn’t be any more dramatic. Both Skip Novak and Grant Dalton had their own politics working throughout The Race. While Club Med was leading and everyone was convinced of her victory, little did we know how Dalton had to nurse the boat to the finish. It was touch and go, and only luck that held long enough to make Dalton the winner.
The book is so exciting, that you will have to take a day off from work the following day, because you’ll be up all night.
#398 Hardcover, 312 pages, b&w photos... Eur 31,25
by Ernst W. Barth & Klaus Enzmann
This is Catamaran Sailing is a practical work on choosing, setting up, sailing, and racing a daysailing catamaran. The book covers all the common types of catamarans, from the high-performance boats such as the Tornado and Dart, to dual-purpose racing and fun cats (Hobie 14, 16, 18, and the Prindle 15).
Early chapters deal with the principles of catamaran sailing, and the equipment for these performance craft. Tuning multihulls for maximum speed is fascinating but relatively complex, and the authors explain this clearly.
Thus, more than half of the book deals with all points of sailing, so that owners, helmsmen, and crews can derive maximum benefit from the potential of their cats. Besides optimum sailing, topics include heavy weather, emergency ‘braking,’ special safety measures, and a detailed chapter on how to race in any catamaran class.
Both authors are catamaran sailors and yachting writers, and live in Germany.
#191 Hardcover, 7 1/2" x 8", 141 pp, color and b&w photos, also good instructional drawings …Eur 24,95
by Edward B. Horstman
Edward B. Horstman is the designer of the Tri-Star trimarans. As such, he has done everything he writes about in this book more than once. He has been building boats since he was 13 (a 13’6” kayak) and multihulls since 1961.
His intention in writing Trimaran Construction was to aid the amateur boat builder by suggesting to him ways of approaching and completing all phases of boat building.
Contents: Who Can Build; Materials and Methods of Construction; Preparation To Build – Tools and Shelter; Strongback – Jig Construction; Frames, Daggerboard Cases and Centerboard Case – Construction and Installation; Plywood Methods of Hull Construction – Cold Mold – Sheet Ply – Stapling; Fiberglass Introduction and Application; Foam Fiberglass Sandwich Construction; Removing Hulls From Strongback; Joining of the Hulls; Cabin Decking – Cabin Sole; Insulating Your Boat For Cold- and Warm-Weather Sailing; Interior Construction; Exterior Fitting Out; Rudder Construction; Engine Selection and Installation.
Spars and Rigging; Fuel Systems; Water Systems; Stoves; Electrical Systems; Refrigeration; Ventilation; Boat Fastenings – Glue, Boat Nails, Screws and Bolts; Lumber and Plywood Selection; Painting; Haul-Out and Moving; Detailed Marine Survey.
#194 Softcover, 8 1/2” x 11”, many graphs, drawings and photos …Eur 19,75
by Edward Horstman
In the introduction to Trimaran Sailing, Ed Horstman states that the book is “for those not familiar or acquainted with trimarans, trimaran sailing, or sailing in general.
“It is the intention of this book to acquaint you with as many aspects of trimaran sailing as possible, and to explain the basics from ‘just beginning’ right up to ‘cruising’.”
• Trimarans: Evolution; Design; Construction;
• Sailing and Handling; Basic Sailing Principals;
• Sailing Safety & Conditions for Precautionary Sailing;
• Making Sail; Sail Setting;
• Docking; Picking up Mooring; Anchoring;
• Heavy Weather Sailing: Reefing, Running Before;
• Lying ahull; Heaving-to; Riding at Sea Anchor;
• Basic Sailing Rules; •Cruising Hints.
#195 Softcover, 8 1/2" x 11", photos, drawings …Eur 16,00
A Trimaran Sails the Seven Seas
by Jerry Heutink
(reviewed by Don & Joanne Sandstrom)
“A Trimaran Sails the Seven Seas” relates some of the toils and tribulations of a stubborn Dutchman chartering his dreamboat so that he can live his dream of sailing the seven seas.
Launching his Cross 46 trimaran in Canada, Jerry Heutink sails to his native Holland, and spends two seasons of adventures and misadventures chartering in the North Sea. Then follows a cruise to the Caribbean and back, with not always helpful or pleased crew as paying shipmates.
During the trip, Trillium II survives a rogue wave, undamaged, in the infamous Bermuda Triangle.
More interesting shipmates (and playmates) are introduced on an extended voyage through the Mediterranean, the Greek Islands, and, with special details of the Egyptian experience, to Sri Lanka and several years chartering in that locale.
The narrative makes you wonder whether the charterers or the charteree gets the best of the deal, but it does detail how sudden whims or lack of planning lead to un-expected experiences. The expected experiences: joys of quiet night watches, dolphins frisking around the boat, glorious sunsets, startling displays of moon and stars, are fondly described.
A nice touch is the vignette of photographs scattered in the margins, throughout the book, which is well designed and typographically “clean.”
As with most stories about cruising, the real problems arise from forces of nature (gales and rogue waves notwithstanding) or ill-founded boats, but from the vagaries of human personalities (and there are many larger-than-life characters in this book, first and foremost being the captain/author). In many cases, it seems, no one had made clear to paying crew what was expected of them.
As Heutink notes, “For six days [in the Red Sea] we lived with an impossible crew who refused to do any work. They had paid for a cruise, not for wheel watches. Why should they do any work?” Why indeed, if such chores hadn’t been spelled out when they paid their money?
As the narrative makes clear, and the author points out explicitly in the third chapter (“From Holland to Sri Lanka”), “Chartering, no matter where, is very competitive, hard work. If the wrong people are on board [as they sometimes were on Trillium II], it can be a bitter disappointment. No one becomes rich [by chartering], but if you are lucky you might break even.”
Heutink notes hard steering when the wind was aft, and difficulty in sailing the boat into the wind (“Ethel,” the diesel engine, was often given the chore of propelling the boat under those circumstances). One wonders whether, at 30 tons, Trillium II wasn’t more than a little too heavy. The specifications in Cross’ plans for the 46 MK II note a displacement of 19,500 pounds and a payload of 6,500 pounds. Still, after 12 years and more than 100,000 miles, the boat was as sound as the day she was launched.
I confess to being a little put off by the numerous references to feminine pulchritude: “Even with a dark shadow on their upper lips, they were attractive, graceful, and charming.”
“The girls adorned our decks in their colorful two-piece bathing suits.”
“She was a rare beauty of Eurasian descent… the other had Italian blood in her veins.
“Mama was the biggest darling of all in her scanty bikini.
Little was said about any woman’s ability to handle the boat – though several were said to be good cooks. Equally off-putting were references to the darker-than-northern-European people: Storekeepers were waiting for us with broad smiles on their brown faces.
“A motor launch sped toward us… and some dark-colored people jumped on deck."
“The taxi driver was a man with a kind, round face and a straight nose, contrary to the hooked noses of pure-bred Arabs."
“Little brown men appeared on the mole."
“Time meant nothing to the men of the east."
#353 Softcover, 212 pp …Eur 20,35
by James Wharram
First printed in 1969, this popular book is in its fourth edition for 2001. Learn the history from when James Wharram was just a newcomer to the boating industry to his becoming a sea-soaked multihull pioneer.
#196 Softcover, 181pp, many b&w photos
Using GPS – 2nd Edition
by Conrad Dixon
This book aims to help owners get the best from their sets and make full use of the facilities available, whether simply position fixing and course setting or interfacing with navigation systems.
Detailed coverage includes: The Garmin 12XL, Micrologic Admiral, Eagle Explorer, Valstat SP, Raytheon NAV 398, and Apelco Fishfinder/Plotter.
#373 Softcover, 112 pp, 6" x 9", b&w photos, charts and illustrations …Eur 20,65