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Product Details

  • Paperback: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Paradise Cay Publications (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0939837943
  • ISBN-13: 978-0939837946
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,362,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An anthology of the best profiles and articles from the former editor-in-chief of Cruising World magazine and current yachting correspondent for The New York Times, this is an exciting book for all sailors. Thematically separated into Faces, Places, and Races, the character profiles would at first seem like the most engaging element of the book. However, the book's real excitement lies in the racing stories: the 83-year-old sailor who experienced his first collision; a race for the in-the-know crowd that included a brief encounter with Ted Kennedy; and a harrowing account of Oracle CEO Larry Ellison confronting a storm. Exotic locations, such as glaciers along Tierra del Fuego's southern coast, add drama. Snappy comments abound, such as this description of sailors from Steve Black, founder and director of the Caribbean 1500: "They're just these warped guys who've never seen a day of bad weather. They could be out there on the worst day imaginable and they'd describe it as a 'fresh breeze.'" Sail on! (Aug.) Copyright 2011 Reed Business Information. Congrats! --(Aug.) Copyright 2011 Reed Business Information.

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

About the Author

A fifth-generation native of Newport, Rhode Island, Herb McCormick has been racing and cruising from above the Arctic Circle to Antarctica and chronicling his adventures and travels in magazines, newspapers and on the Internet for over three decades. An anthology of his best profiles and articles, including first person accounts of sailing in such classic events as the Sydney-Hobart Race and rounding Cape Horn, Gone to the Sea is an eclectic collection of stories that range from a prophetic cruise with his daughter; to an in-depth post mortem of solo sailor Mike Plant s final, mysterious voyage; to what it s really like to spend a hectic day with Americas Cup legend Dennis Conner. The former editor-in-chief of Cruising World magazine and yachting correspondent for The New York Times, McCormick has notched over 75,000 offshore miles in his sailing career, including the historic 2009-2010 Around the Americas expedition that circumnavigated North and South America via the Northwest Passage and Cape Horn. As an award-winning journalist, he s been honored with the National Marine Manufacturer Association s prestigious Director s Award and the BoatUS Monk Farnham Award for Excellence in Editorial Commentary, and his stories and articles have earned numerous First Place prizes in Boating Writers International s annual writing contest. With his daughter, Maggie, he still lives in the heart of downtown Newport.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Adams on October 14, 2012
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After recently being introduced to sailing, and without knowing much about Herb McCormick, I decided to check out his book from the library. Well, I must say that after reading the first few pages it became apparent that I had stumbled onto something special and was quickly becoming a fan of his ablilities to tell engaging short stories. Needless to say, when it came time to return the book I decided I needed to buy a copy of my own. I highly recommend this book to anyone with a sailing interest or simply enjoys good writing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Captain Thad on August 5, 2011
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In the sport of sailing we don't have generally known super stars like Michael Jordon, Payton Manning, Tiger Woods, Derek Jeter. The super sailors of our passion are limited to sailing and the related off shore, blue water passages they undertake. Names like Don Street, Reid Stowe, Dennis Connors and others.
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.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott on March 13, 2012
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Herb McCormick's long-awaited anthology, Gone to the Sea, represents a unique opportunity to "hang out" with a great contemporary writer, adventurer, and world traveler, whose highly-decorated career hasn't altered him a bit. To hear Herb tell it, he just "happens to be a writer", and while sailing is an obvious passion and profession, you get the feeling he could write equally well about any number of topics, and still be the same trademark intuitive, straight-shooting, perceptive, humble, witty, and very humorous compadre and storyteller who graces the pages of everything he writes. Herb connects so well with so many people, from so many walks of life, because they sense and know he's "the real deal"; what you see is what you get--no undercurrents, no hidden intrigues, no games, and he is never one to take himself too seriously. They trust him, they let him inside. This book takes the reader on a delightful selection of assignments and adventures around the world, and leaves them thirsting for more. And luckily, there's much more, starting with the epic One Island One Ocean, detailing one of his most recent adventures, an incredible circumnavigation of the American continents, published scant months after Gone to the Sea. Many fans have known for years that as soon as they see his name, it's safe to go right ahead to the article, it's a guaranteed good read, and I think we have all been looking forward to much more. Let's hope the floodgates have opened on the book front. I know there's much more material, and I know I'll be first in line for anything he does. Gone to the Sea is eloquent and fun, full of interesting takes and insights. You'll love it.
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