The list author says: "I have been sailing for over 50 years and have crossed oceans and sailed the coast of Mexico. Novels about sailing are mostly historical series, the best of which are the Horatio Hornblower series of CS Forrester. Modern sailing novels are far more rare and I have found only a few good ones."
"This is quite dated in places but it is an exciting novel about a man whose wife is killed, run down by a giant tanker which crushes their sailboat. He tries to have the ship or its captain prosecuted but is unsuccessful because the company is too powerful and the ship too valuable. He then decides to take revenge by sinking it. The sailing scenes are excellent and authentic."
"This was the first of the Hornblower novels to be written and its popularity has persisted and led to all the others being written. This is the story of the frigate, the Lydia, in which he meets Lady Barbara, and of his first command as full captain."