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Sailing a Serious Ocean: Sailboats, Storms, Stories and Lessons Learned from 30 Years at Sea Hardcover – October 18, 2013
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About the Author
John Kretschmer, a professional sailor and writer, has logged more than 300,000 offshore sailing miles, including 20 transatlantic and two transpacific passages. He is the author of At the Mercy of the Sea, Flirting with Mermaids, and Cape Horn to Starboard, all seagoing classics. He is longtime contributing editor to Sailing magazine, was a sailing/travel columnist for the Miami Herald for 10 years, and writes regularly for Southern Boating and Cruising World. He has weathered several storms at sea, and teaches aspiring bluewater voyagers in seminars, lectures, and training voyages. John lives in Florida.
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Never really pins down a favorite boat or manufacture . Sort of a 10 boat " these are OK " or " it's ugly , slow , but drifts well in heavy seas " . Not the best , but did 30K miles at sea on one . No real catamaran stories / details . Great book .
As a charter boat captain and sometimes racer on Lake Michigan, my crews and I have experienced some serious storms but they were always over in a few hours. Kretschmer's storms would go on for days on end. His courage and resourcefulness are an example to us all.
I love how he shows some of the real feelings of untying from the security? of land, the lessons learned on the sea and knowledge gained through some hard knocks. Taking responsibility for the errors of his crew shows he knows the place of a captain, yet he remains humble.
Some good takeaways for me are the value of the stays'l, the ability to pull in a reef while off the wind, and in general the importance of high quality gear.
Thanks for some good sea stories John! I hope to see you out there!
S/V Sofia, Tayana 42V, currently in Bocas del Toro, Panama
His descriptions of big Atlantic storms and how to look after your yacht and crew, show plenty of common sense and good advice.