The Greatest Sailing Stories Ever Told: Twenty-Seven Unforgettable Stories

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For thousands of years, man has sailed into battle, sailed for rumored wealth, and sailed for pure adventure. And for nearly as long, stories about the sea have entertained, intrigued, and inspired readers. The Greatest Sailing Stories Ever Told brings together some of the most compelling writing of the millennium. Here is Peter Goss's wrenching narrative of incredible courage in the world's most desolate ocean; Ernest Shackleton's understated and awesome account of one of the most daring small-boat journeys ever...

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Overview

For thousands of years, man has sailed into battle, sailed for rumored wealth, and sailed for pure adventure. And for nearly as long, stories about the sea have entertained, intrigued, and inspired readers. The Greatest Sailing Stories Ever Told brings together some of the most compelling writing of the millennium. Here is Peter Goss's wrenching narrative of incredible courage in the world's most desolate ocean; Ernest Shackleton's understated and awesome account of one of the most daring small-boat journeys ever taken, where failure meant certain death for his long-suffering crew. But sailing is much more than headlong dashes into roaring seas. You'll also find William F. Buckley Jr. on idyllic cruising; James Thurber on the arcane and often impenetrable language of sailors; the legendary Joshua Slocum on sailing alone around the world.
The Greatest Sailing Stories Ever Told is a treasure trove: tears, adrenaline, laughter, and adventure abound. With contributions from:
- James Thurber -William F. Buckley Jr. - Ann Davison - Sterling Hayden - Ernest Shackleton - Tristan Jones - Samuel Eliot Morrison - Joshua Slocum - E. B. White - C. S. Forester - Cleveland Amory - Weston Martyr - Peter Goss - David Kasanof

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592283194
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2004
  • Series: Greatest Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 234,874
  • Product dimensions: 8.92 (w) x 5.88 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Caswell has been a boating enthusiast and journalist for more than thirty years. He was the senior editor of Yachting magazine for ten years, the editor of Sea magazine for seven years, and writes regularly for the major boating publications. He is the author of five other books, including Smarter Charters, Megayachts 2000, The Illustrated Book of Basic Boating, and Championship Dinghy Sailing.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xi
Close Encounter 1
The Story of Sailing 21
The Fisherman's Cup Races 25
The Making of a Yachtsman 36
All at Sea 42
Epilogue 52
The Boat Journey 61
An August Day's Sail 101
About Figaro 106
The Crystal Coast 117
Aloft on the Flying Cloud 125
The Sea and the Wind That Blows 133
Overwhelmed 138
Sailing Alone Around the World 147
Down Spinnaker! 155
Rendezvous 160
Smith Versus Lichtensteiger 164
Being Ashore 177
Captain Jim and Reynard 182
Yachtswoman Solo 195
Daysail Content? 202
Owen Chase's Narrative 206
Kidnapped 216
Hornblower and the Man Who Felt Queer 225
A Pacific Passage 243
Call Me Ishmael 251
"100 Tons of Bronze, Son" 265
Service in the Mediterranean 272
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2012

    Recommended by my brother

    I gave this book to my 65-year-old brother shortly after he completed an 800-mile open-ocean sailing trip with a crew of four including himself. He said he understands these stories in a more visceral way than he would have before his trip and that he has enjoyed reading them.

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  • Posted March 21, 2010

    Great Gift for Snow-Bound Sailor

    I had to buy this book for a friend who misses sailing so much during the winter that he reads boat ads or anything else he sees pertaining to sailing. (Mind you, he's not in the market for a boat; he has one he likes. I think it's a way for him to stay connected.) I thought the format of 27 short stories would be good for someone whose reading habits I didn't know well. There have to be a few stories in there that will "tide" him over till spring.

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