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Sailing, Yachts and Yarns

Tom shares a collection of his most entertaining, outspoken and instructive writing. Sailing, Yachts and Yarns is a selection of his funniest, wisest and most thought-provoking writing from the pages of Yachting Monthly. Tom's regular column for this premier sailing magazine gives him free reign to explore a wide range of topics. His love of language and sense of humour shine through as he recalls the wealth of sinners and saints he has met on docksides from Southampton to South America, Greenwich to Greenland and Newtown to New York. Tom has a gift for capturing the magic of sail and finding pearls of practical wisdom in the most unlikely nautical adventures. He is also a great champion for all those who love the freedom of the seas and refuses to mince his words as he stands up to the bullies and bureaucrats that might clog the water with rules and red tape.Sailing, Yachts and Yarns is a lively miscellany of wit, wisdom and wonder. It will make you laugh and make you think - and make you want to cast off to enjoy the delights of life afloat. Tom Cunliffe is a worldwide authority on sailing instruction and an expert on traditional craft.He is the author of more than 25 books and writes for Yachting Monthly, Yachting World and SAIL magazines.
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Table of Contents

Foreword. Introduction. Holy cow! Passing it on. Uncharted territory. On watch for eddies. Cunliffe's law of diminishing returns. Together in the end. Jonah and the wave. Lessons learnt from a puffin. In the drink. Here's hoping. Glad to be trad. Fight for the Wight. Join the club. The clock is ticking. Life is looking up. Good, becoming poor. Winged wonders. Good, bad, or just unlucky? The sacred sound of silence. Testing times. Always read the label. Where's Wallander? Weather or not. Wrestling the python of modernity. Touching the bottom. Dead cert. Spring fever. Strike a light. Russian away from freedom. All suggestions welcome. Spirits of the sea. Skipping with joy. The ability for stability. Sheer delight. The big bang. A wise investment? Centenary celebrations. Under pressure. Trials and tribulations. Troublesome seagulls. Skip it skipper. Feeling the pinch. Reckoning with doubt. For your comfort and safety. Grief relief. Put your money away. Going sideways fast. A life of luxury? Don't neglect your bottom. What a stitch up! Don't read all about it. Owning or bemoaning? Fail safe. Fearing for steering. Eastern delights. Turning on technology. A break in the weather. Signs of the times. If in drought... The perfect platform. Don't forget your old friends. Music to my ears. Size matters. The power and the glory. Sailing through red tape. Resisting the rising tide. The right sort of customs. Too much of a good thing? A thousand miles from land. When plastic's not fantastic. No cause for alarm. The boating backbone of Britain. Cheap and cheerful around the world. Hearing voices. The plastic revolution. Clearing the pipes. The pierhead jumper.

About the Author

Tom Cunliffe is Britain's best known yachting writer. He has written more than 35 titles. Tom writes for Yachting Monthly, Yachting World and SAIL magazine in the US. He is a leading adviser to the sailing organisations and has the highest level sailing qualifications. Tom has sailed from Brazil to Greenland, often in traditional vessels with no engines, navigating by the stars. He recently presented The Boats That Built Britain, a six-part series on BBC TV.


'Nobody captures the magic of sail or conveys the lessons of seamanship like Tom. He's one of sailing's great raconteurs.' DAVID GLENN, EDITOR, YACHTING WORLD

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