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Ranger to Rainbow
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 14:49
rangerRanger to Rainbow The J Class yachts is a detailed account of the development of the J Class yachts, primarily from 1996 when author, David Pitman, first became involved with the rebuild of Velsheda. He was Secretary of the class for more than twelve years and primarily responsible for the rebirth of the Class, from the launch of a new Ranger in 2002, then Hanuman, Lionheart and finally Rainbow in 2012. It is packed with many technical and sailing images of these iconic yachts. £27 (+P&P)

Salty Dog Talk
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 00:00

SaltyDogTalkBoating people who talk about turning a blind eye, cock-ups or try to give someone a wide berth have an idea where the language started. Others may not realise just how much of our daily chatter is in fact the language of the sea. They can find out where it all began in the latest version of a guide to the nautical origins of everyday expressions. It is a fun little paperback to set up family quizzes or to aid recovery on Boxing Day.

Salty Dog Talk by Bill Beavis and Richard McCloskey (Adlard Coles Nautical, 9781472907981, £8.99).

Saturday, 06 December 2014 00:00

CuttySark And on the subject of Clippers, the restoration of the fastest and most famous of the tea clippers, rescued after the devastating 2007 fire, is worth celebrating. Eric Kentley, former curator of the National Maritime Museum, does the iconic Cutty Sark proud. It is a fascinating history for young and old.

Cutty Sark THE LAST OF THE TEA CLIPPERS by Eric Kentley (Conway Publishing 9781844862344, £20)

Tuesday, 02 December 2014 00:00

ClipperShipsMutinies, rivalries and the inspirational story of Captain Mary Patten battling Cape Horn are all part of an illustrated history of the age of the Clippers. Yachting journalist Sam Jefferson, born in the Lake District and obsessed with sailing from an early age, brings the commercially inspired "races" to life with first hand accounts, newspaper reports and log entries. This was a time when shipping was sheer elegance.

CLIPPER SHIPS AND THE GOLD AGE OF SAIL by Sam Jefferson (Adlard Coles Nautical, 9781472900289, £25)

The Legend of the Sea
Friday, 28 November 2014 00:00
LegendoftheSeaThey say that a picture is worth a thousand words. In that case the celebration of the dramatic work of France's top marine photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget, over the last decade must be worth trillions. His stunning photographs taken around the world reflect the development of sailing in all its forms - racing, classic yachts, superyachts and the America's Cup - where he was official photographer last year. This spectacular coffee table book will enthrall any sailor or photographer for hours and if it does not inspire landlubbers on to the water, nothing will. It is not cheap, but it is worth every penny. Spoil a loved one or drop big hints to someone to spoil you.

The Legend of the Sea by Gilles Martin-Raget (Adlard Coles Nautical, 9781472911650, £50)

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