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.

Sailing Books for 2019

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.

Sailing Books for 2019

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.

Practical Sailor has been independently testing and reporting on sailboats and sailing gear for more than 45 years. Supported entirely by subscribers, Practical Sailor accepts no advertising. Its independent tests are carried out by experienced sailors and marine industry professionals dedicated to providing objective evaluation and reporting about boats, gear, and the skills required to cross oceans. Practical Sailor is edited by Darrell Nicholson, a long-time liveaboard sailor and trans-Pacific cruiser who has been director of Belvoir Media Group's marine division since 2005. He holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100-ton Master license, has logged tens of thousands of miles in three oceans, and has skippered everything from pilot boats to day charter cats. His weekly blog Inside Practical Sailor offers an inside look at current research and gear tests at Practical Sailor, while his award-winning column,"Rhumb Lines," tracks boating trends and reflects upon the sailing life. He sails a Sparkman & Stephens-designed Yankee 30 out of St. Petersburg, Florida.


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