Sailing Books for 2019


Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the bookstore, three of Practical Sailors highly regarded contributors (past and present) have published works to warm your heart through winter.


Sailing America by Onne Van der Wal (2019, Rizzoli, $100): Renowned sailing photographer Onne Van der Wals studio in Newport, RI has sifted through his vast collection to produce a beautiful coffee table book that celebrates the American seascapes, races, and sailing craft. The book features 200 color photographs and several breathtaking panoramic gatefolds.

Boat Sense, Lessons and Yarns from a Marine Writers Life Afloat by Doug Logan (2019, Seapoint, $18): With the wit and insight of a veteran boating writer, Editor-at-large Doug Logan lays out his commonsense approach to boating and boat ownership. A distillation of wisdom gained from a lifetime around all kinds of boats, BoatSense will delight anyone who loves being on the water.

Falling by Brion Toss (2018, C-Star): Renowned rigger and author Brion Toss has produced a poetic, amusing, and thought-provoking reflection on the wonders and risks of working aloft. Toss takes us far above sea level into a world of towers and masts as he recounts more than 40 years worth of stories.

Darrell Nicholson, editor of Practical Sailor, grew up boating on Miami’s Biscayne Bay on everything from prams to Morgan ketches. Two years out of Emory University, after a brief stint as a sportswriter, he set out from Miami aboard a 60-year-old wooden William Atkin ketch named Tosca. For 10 years, he and writer-photographer Theresa Gibbons explored the Caribbean, crossed the Pacific, and cruised Southeast Asia aboard Tosca, working along the way as journalists and documenting their adventures for various travel and sailing publications, including Cruising World, Sail, Sailing, Cruising Helmsman, and Sailing World. Upon his return to land life, Darrell became the associate editor, then senior editor at Cruising World magazine, where he worked for five years. Before taking on the editor’s position at Practical Sailor, Darrell was the editor of Offshore magazine, a boating-lifestyle magazine serving the New England area. Darrell has won multiple awards from Boating Writer’s International, including the Monk Farnham award for editorial excellence. He holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100-ton Master license and has worked as a harbor pilot and skippered a variety of commercial charter boats.


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