Holiday Gifts Ideas for Sailors
The Book Hound
“Sailing on the Edge”: Another commemorative gift for the AC34 enthusiast is “Sailing on the Edge: America’s Cup” (Insight Editions, 2013, $50 online), a beautiful coffee-table book that covers the long and colorful history of the America’s Cup, from 1851’s race around the Isle of Wight to the lead-up for this year’s showdown on San Francisco Bay. The 232-page book is a cross between a deluxe scrapbook and a maritime cliffhanger, with more than 200 photos of the majestic yachts and historical figures that have raced for the Auld Mug. Sections include sail plans of early America’s Cup defenders, vintage posters, newspaper clippings from historic campaigns, and a pull-out booklet detailing the new AC LiveLine technology. PS found the pull-out copy of the sail plan of Reliance and historical photos of the 1899 Columbia campaign particularly compelling. (www.insighteditions.com)
“Sailing”: Our second book pick is an exceptional choice for the luckiest person on your list. Onne van der Wal’s stunning, oversized photo book, “Sailing” (Rizzoli, 2013, $100), captures 200 vibrant color photos of our favorite sport from one end of the globe to the other.
Van der Wal, who was a sailor long before he was a photographer, has spent his life on the water, capturing images from the tropics to the icy poles, from the Mediterranean to his home base in Narragansett Bay, R.I. The recently released, 288-page book includes an introduction by veteran ocean racer, author, and PS contributor Herb McCormick; five panoramic pull-out pages; and an index of photo-taking information. As a special treat, a photo index contains the latitude and longitude of each photo’s location, so instead of wondering where a photo was taken?,” you can pull out your GPS and be on your way. Other gift ideas featuring Van der Wal’s amazing marine photography—calendars, notecards, posters, and limited-edition prints—are available on his website (www.vanderwal.com), along with “Sailing.” (www.rizzoliusa.com)
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