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The Coast of Summer: Sailing New England Waters from Shelter Island to Cape Cod Hardcover – January 1, 1994


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  • Hardcover: 357 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins; 1st edition (January 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061180041
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061180040
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,377,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Though he moved back to England in 1971, Bailey and his wife Margot return to the U.S. nearly every summer to cruise the New England Coast. Here Bailey ( Inside Passage: The Outer Banks ) gives an engaging account of their 1991 cruise in Lochinvar , a 27-foot fiberglass boat. He sets out on a shakedown voyage from his home port of Stonington, Conn., to some old haunts in Long Island Sound. In August, he and Margot head northeast to Block Island, the Elizabeth Islands, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket and Cape Cod, stopping at boatyards, towns, coves and beaches. On this leisurely cruise, they visit old friends, swim and walk the beaches. Homeward bound, they encounter Hurricane Bob, but only after Lochinvar is safely tied down and they are ashore. Readers familiar with the area--its shorelines and waters--will savor every word.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Richly descriptive and only occasionally delivering barrages of sailing terminology that will befuddle the uninitiated, this is a wonderfully evocative look at the author's explorations around the southern coasts of New England and Long Island. Englishman Bailey (Major Andre, LJ 6/15/87) tells of spending summers sailing about the watery nooks and crannies of the historically and geographically rich (and, in some cases, "wealthy rich") coastal regions of New England along with his wife. What is most impressive, as conveyed by the easy, pleasant writing style, is the diversity of the Baileys' seagoing experiences. They also seem to know the most interesting people, which, added to the whole, makes this an entertaining and educational travel book. Whether writing about Plum Island, New York; Point Judith, Rhode Island; Cuttyhunk, Massachusetts, or myriad other places, Bailey makes the reader yearn to be there. Highly recommended for New England public libraries and for any libraries where good travel/sailing books are shelved.
David M. Turkalo, Social Law Lib., Boston
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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I first read this book from a copy obtained from the local public library.
Daniel P. Reed
Although The Coast of Summer is one of my favorite and most enjoyed sailing books (and I've read many), I must nevertheless enter some qualms.
Stephen Schwartz
Mr. Bailey does a wonderful job of describing this adventure, which he enjoyed with his wife.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Eric S. Posmentier on April 18, 2001
Format: Paperback
This delightful account of a summer of sailing along the Southern New England coast is a must-read for any cruising sailor or sailor wannabe. It is the story of the normal events of coastal cruising, from anchoring to meeting old friends ashore, from monitoring the weather to cooking on board, told in a prose which flows as easily as the tides. The personal memories and reflections, and the historical notes on the many harbors along the route, are as thoroughly engrossing as the 80-foot waves, pirates, and seamonsters of most adventure books. Perhaps it is the reality of planning such a cruise for yourself that makes the book even more captivating than the more unlikely tales of life-threatening ordeals in violent seas. This book informs, entertains, and gratifies almost as well as the sea, itself.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By mrlnspke@netscape.net on September 21, 1999
Format: Paperback
Anthony Bailey has somehow bottled up the smell and feel of July and August on the waters between Cape Cod and the tip of Long Island, an archipelago not only of little islands, but welcoming harbors, sandy beaches and private coves - not to mention fascinating histories. The Coast of Summer is like the first sip of a cool drink after a day's sail, the anchor set and the boat made secure for the night. Every cruising sailor stores these moments away forever.
Read it in the winter when snow on city streets has turned black as the early night, or, even better, read it in the cabin of your own boat on a rainy day with your feet up on the settee, your back against a cushion and everything dry and comfortable below, your vessel yielding gently back and forth to the weather.
Read it, for that matter, anywhere you want to - but read it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By BOB WILLIAMS on August 29, 2000
Format: Paperback
I am now reading this book for the 4th time. You easly place yourself rght in the cockpit with them. Going day to day, harbor to harbor. A must read !!!!!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Schwartz on February 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
Long Island Sound and the south coast of New England--City Island in New York City to Martha's Vinyard and Nantucket and then the north shore of Cape Cod is one of the finest sailboat cruising grounds in the world. This area is replete with coves, quaint villages, rivers, islands, and a vast number of harbors and anchorages all different and interesting. Anthony Bailey writes an informative and charming description of a summer cruising the eastern sections, from Shelter Island to Provincetown. For anyone who is interested in or contemplating taking up coastal cruising Bailey's book is a dream of the way coastal cruising could and can be. Bailey cruises sometimes singlehanded, but mostly with his wife Margot. They are serious and dedicated sailors, cruisers, and enjoyers of people and the outdoors. I have cruised many of these same areas and thoroughly enjoyed revisiting them vicariously with Bailey. Bailey is a fine writer, with a modest and friendly voice. This material could easily have been unexciting and tedious in less skilled authorial hands. Bailey brings it lovingly to life.

The Coast of Summer is part informal cruising guide, part "log of our journey," and part dreamy reminiscing. Unlike some cruising guides, Bailey's is very much focused on people. Some sailors have a girl in every port--Bailey has a friend in every port, and we learn much about them. Bailey is British but partly grew up on Cape Cod and lived for years in Stonington, Connecticut while he worked for the New Yorker magazine. He seems to know an endless number of the rich and famous (and eccentric) who summer along the New England coast and he and Margot are happy to be entertained by one or another of them in most every destination on his cruise.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark J Wilme on July 31, 2009
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Great book - I read this book for the second or third time last year, at the time we were sailing the exact waters descried in the book. If you are a New England sailor you'll likely enjoy this. If not you may enjoy it anyway.
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By rick on July 15, 2014
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If you know and appreciate the coastal water between Montauk and Provincetown, you will love this book. While not necessary for enjoyment, a reader with knowledge of sail-cruising will be "over the moon."
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The Coast of Summer: Sailing New England Waters from Shelter Island to Cape Cod, a1994 account of two months spent gunkholing in New England (from Connecticut to Cape Cod), is very well written. The author, Anthony Bailey, was an England-based reporter/writer for The New Yorker for many years. Consequently he knows and visits interesting people who live in New England and who enliven this book.

Nothing very dramatic happens (excepting one hurricane) during the course of the book and the reader will enjoy coasting along the coast with the author and his wife. The book is an ideal read during the long, non-sailing, winter months.
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