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Gone to the Sea Paperback – August 1, 2011
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McCormick s new book, Gone to the Sea, is an anthology of the best profiles and articles compiled from his three decades of sailing. McCormick s stories, organized into Faces, Places, and Races, tack between profiles of Mr. America s Cup Dennis Connor, author and entrepreneur Jimmy Cornell, and solo sailor Mike Plant. His Places take the reader from the Caribbean to California, down to Mexico on the Baja Ha-Ha, hard over under bracing sail from Australia to Antarctica, and ultimately bashing around Cape Horn, flying a Chilean flag. His Races recapture the miles he spent in the Sydney-Hobart, the 100th TransPac, the Pacific Cup, the America s Cup, and include one last tack across the bow of Ted Kennedy s schooner off the waters of Hyannis Port, Mass. McCormick the former editor-in-chief of Cruising World magazine and yachting correspondent for The New York Times who has sailed over 75,000 offshore miles never fails to impress and entertain. Even after the boats cross the finish line in the book s final chapter, we know we haven t heard the last of Herb. --Practical Sailor 2012
Reviewed in SAILING December 2011: McCormick's interesting and entertaining collection of stories is divided into three sections - Faces; Places; Races - in which you'll meet some wonderful people, travel to far-off lands and seas, and take part in a few of the world's best known yachting events. You'll see another side to 'Mr america's Cup', Dennis Connor, and among other you'll meet are Reid Stowe, who sailed the seas for a record 1 152 consecutive days. Charlie Cary, founder of The Moorings, and Jimmy cornell, whoe "World Cruising Routes" is something of a bible to many a sailor. The saddest episode in the 'Faces' section is the tragic story of solor sailor Mike Plant. His yacht, Coyote, was found capsized in mid-ocean, but the mystery of his disappearance was never solved. The 'Places' - and the tales therefrom - include the BVIs, Thailand, Mexico, with a poignant piece on Manhattan, and an absolutely rivetting account of a trip to Antartica. In the 'Race' section, the 1998 Sydney-Hobart stands out. It is a story of incredible hardship and endurance in a tragic event in which six sailors died and 55 had to be rescued. It is also the story of billionaire Larry Ellison, whose yacht Sayonara, was first across the line in Hobart. McCormick writes: 'The mood was sombre when Sayonara coasted up to the dock in Hobart, the first boat home. The haunting sound of a bagpipe, echoing off the low-lying hills, provided the soundtrack. It could've been a dirge.' And that perhaps gives you just a small taste of the quality of writing that the author brings to his anthology. --Sailing Books South Africa
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Herb Mc Cormick provides a true person-to-person insight into the hearts, souls and minds of our "sailing hero's", including some of great and not so great that define my passion.
The chapter on Dennis Conner, Mr. America's Cup was so insightful that even I, who sailed with Connors once long ago, saw a very different person, a very true cornerstone of sailing.
Herb's sail with Don Street and his son Mark, was so real that I felt the spray and smelled the beer Don would drink.
People are one thing but places are also covered in this effort. Races and the experiences of racing both good and bad are covered, all with a personal insight that is rare.
Herb brings the real person to the pages, not the legend, the myth, but the person, that is a talent few writers have.
A very enjoyable journey of sailing in perhaps what was the golden age of modern sail.
Great job Herb, you will need to be listed in the super stars of sailing as well.