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Voyages to Windward: Sailing Adventures on Vancouver Island's West Coast Paperback – Aug 1 2015

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Harbour; 2 edition (Aug. 1 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550176862
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550176865
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.5 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 726 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,544,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Voyages to Windward is elegant enough to be a 'coffee table book,' but unlike many tomes in that genre, it almost certainly won't spend any significant amount of time lying around unopened - until it has been read again, and again, and again."
- Nor'westing (Praise from Nor'westing)

"Voyages to Windward, beautifully illustrated with Elsie's photographs, details the seven major cruising grounds, Indian villages, bays, coves, islands, scenery, wildlife, artists and much more from Barkley Sound north to Checleset Bay at the southeast side of Brooks Peninsula."
- Jo Bailey and Carl Nyberg, 48 Degrees North (Praise from 48 Degrees North)

"If Voyages to Windward doesn't inspire you to hoist your sails and weigh your anchor for a coastal exploration of very own, then salt water doesn't run in your veins."
--Joseph Kula, CanWest News Service

About the Author

An Environmental professional with a degree in oceanography, Elsie Hulsizer lives in Seattle with her husband Steve. She has a certificate in fine art photography from the Photographic Center Northwest and has exhibited her art in various galleries including Seattle's Odyssey Maritime Discovery Center. Since 1980 the Hulsizers have cruised northwest waters extensively including over 20 trips to the West Coast of Vancouver Island, two trips to Haida Gwaii and four trips to Southeast Alaska.

Between sailing adventures on Osprey, she serves on the Washington State Board of Pilotage Commissioners which licenses the pilots who guide ships on Puget Sound, and on the Board of Trustees for Seattle's Center for Wooden Boats.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9bce8c30) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bc33834) out of 5 stars Sailing Adventures, Fascinating People & Places and More! Nov. 8 2005
By Kathy Gehrt - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
What a wonderful book, the photographs are stunning, the stories of all the places along the west cosast of Vancouver Island are compelling. Elsie Hulsizer's book is a pleasure to read. From her descriptions of this rugged coast to her portraits of the people encounterd along the way, you will enjoy every story and anecdote. I encourage anyone who enjoys adventure, natural beauty, historical perspective or sailing to order this book. Whether for your own pleasure or as a special gift, this is a delightful book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bc33a80) out of 5 stars Stunning, Entertaining and Informative Aug. 19 2010
By Janice B. Schwert - Published on
Format: Hardcover
From stunning photos to compelling stories to practical information on the windward side of Vancouver Island, this book provides enjoyment for sailors and non-sailors alike. Descriptions of rugged scenery and personal encounters make the West Coast come alive. I hear Hulsizer's book on sailing in Southeast Alaska will be published this fall, and I'll be watching for it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bc33cc0) out of 5 stars "Voyages to Windward" - A very enjoyable book Nov. 4 2005
By Stanley Hummel - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The book is evocative of the beauty and charm of the remote places of the West Coast of Vancouver Island. Interesting local history is complimented by vivid photography and captured the experience of sailing the West Coast. A very enjoyable book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bc33f3c) out of 5 stars It'a not a cruising guide, it's a cruising dream! Feb. 7 2010
By sv Brigadoon - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Not a cruising guide, but does tell of her favorite places on West Coast of Vancover Island. Makes me want to go!
Saw her speak at the 2010 Seattle Boat Show, she is an inspiration!
HASH(0x9bc33dd4) out of 5 stars Beautiful photos Dec 13 2012
By ---- Neil H. - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A unique, almost coffee table, book, filled with photos and stories of travel to the West side of Vancouver Island. Very challenging sailing, and the rewards that await the sailor along the way. (Most people travel through the East between Vancouver Island and the mainland.) There are short historic stories, discussions of the towns visited and what was present at the time, and where they docked or anchored. It's a cruising guide, but nicer. If you are looking for a well written adventure, this isn't it, it's fairly dry. I would think a Seattle based sailor would get a lot of great ideas for local long distance cruising. Once you have passed through the Strait and bashed your way up the West coast, the ride back and the exploration of the areas you have reached is where all the fun in.