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Passion For The Sea, A [Hardcover]

Jimmy Cornell

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Book Description

March 15 2011
One of the most influential cruising yachtsmen writing today, Jimmy Cornell has sailed over 200,000 miles in more than thirty years on the oceans, including three circumnavigations and voyages to the Arctic and Antarctic. His successful guide to sailing around the world, World Cruising Routes, has helped many aspirational voyagers turn their dreams into reality and follow in his footsteps.

In this new book, Jimmy tells the story of his own travels in great detail. Decades of offshore sailing experience are distilled into this colorful account, which is packed with valuable observations, spiced up with entertaining anecdotes, and illustrated with brilliant photos from along the way.

Much more than just an exciting report of his adventures, Jimmy draws on his experiences to share practical tips for those inspired to follow his example, along with important technical information.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: AAndC Black UK (March 15 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408122685
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408122686
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 18 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #482,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"What Jimmy Cornell doesn't know about cruising isn't worth knowing."—Yachting World

About the Author

Jimmy Cornell has influenced the contemporary cruising scene more than any other sailor. Thousands of sailors have fulfilled their dreams of offshore cruising with the help of Jimmy's books and by participating in one of his round the world rallies. He himself has sailed over 200,000 miles in all the oceans of the world, from Antarctica to the Arctic, including three circumnavigations. He is the author of World Cruising Routes and the forthcoming World Cruising Destinations, also published by Adlard Coles Nautical.

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5.0 out of 5 stars 200,000 miles worth of cruising advice, tips and stories: recommended! April 23 2011
By Kathy Parsons - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is an excellent book and very different from Jimmy Cornell's more well-known books "World Cruising Routes" and "World Cruising Destinations". "A Passion for the Sea" is a bit hard to describe because the book is packed with stories, advice and tips from Cornell's lifetime of cruising. Not only does the author draw on his experience from three circumnavigations and voyages to the Arctic and Antarctic, but he also shares lessons from some of cruising's institutions which he founded: the Antlantic Rally for Cruising, World Cruising Rallies and Noonsite.

As another reviewer mentioned, it is a great book to pick up, open anywhere and read. And each time you open it, you will learn something new. I certainly enjoy it for the stories - of voyages and ports, of cruising as a family, and of Cornell's early pre-sailing years in Romania and England. Cornell's life was excellent reading even before he first set sail, and even my non-boating family members and friends have been very moved by this section of the book. I particularly enjoyed reading about the preparations for and trip to Antarctica on Aventura III (great photos!).

But "A Passion for the Sea" is also filled with practical advice about all aspects of sailing and cruising. Want to know how Cornell anchors? He tells you. What system of watches does he use when sailing with family or crew? He details what he does and why. What does he carry in his abandon ship bag? What does he do when he lays up the boat ashore or afloat? What gear does he consider essential? How did they educate their children aboard? What criteria has he used in choosing his boats? I think it might take you years to fully absorb the full range of practical advice offered in "A Passion for the Sea". Many chapters offer lists of Tips or To Dos for various situations.

Perhaps this might be the best way to describe "A Passion for the Sea": It is as if you were invited to crew with Jimmy Cornell, learning as you traveled the many skills needed to be a successful world cruiser. Cornell is generous in sharing the experiences from 200,000 miles of cruising that inform his decisions. But there is always time aboard for great stories - the ones that inspire us to get out there and visit the many ports that Cornell introduced us to.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific May 24 2010
By Alexander Krem - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Jimmy has written an excellent book, well suited to both the ocean sailor who will benefit from Jimmy's three circumnavigations and the arm chair adventurer who wants to pretend his own world cruise will happen soon.

He writes with ease and joy. His subjective approach to the topic is endearing. The book is filled with a charming blend of solid advice (that any ocean sailor should heed), petty "I told you so"s (that will have offended those he tattles on), and personal perspectives (wife and kids at sea, no one allowed out of the cockpit if he is not on deck, up-close-and-personal meetings with whales, seals, penguins and natives).

Most provocative to me (as a sailor) is his strong defense of center-boarders. I am almost convinced that the advantages (many) outweigh the disadvantages (also many) of a such a design. Some of his many excellent photos help his case: anchoring in safe havens too shallow for others, crossing reefs that others must skirt, using his centerboard as a depth sounder.

It is a book that can be opened to any page and read. Fun and informative.
2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly Written Dec 15 2012
By InterviewGuy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Very disappointed in this book. It's poorly written and rather self-serving. Sailing is an inherently interesting pastime but you still have to be able to write if you're going.... to write about it. There is little art in Jimmy's memoir and frankly, this volume is not worth reading. It went back for a refund.
3.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring effort but unorgainzed May 3 2012
By Brown23 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a useful and inspiring book by one of the acknowledged experts in sailing. I enjoyed the book but found its flow confusing and hard to follow. There doesn't seem to be any real organization to the book. Though the chapters' names give a hint of their contents, what's actually inside a given chapter is anyone's guess. It makes for a sort of rambling, tangential story. I liked it, but it feels like a rough draft rather than a finished product.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good resource... but oddly assembled Sept. 25 2011
By Atlanta Sailor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a useful and (possibly) inspiring book by one of the acknowledged experts in sailing. I enjoyed the book but found its presentation very odd. There doesn't seem to be any real organization to the book. Though the chapters' names give a hint of their contents, what's actually inside a given chapter is anyone's guess. It makes for a sort of rambling, tangential story. I liked it, but it feels like a rough draft rather than a finished product.

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