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  • Innocent Aboard – Chay and Maureen Blyth – First Edition 1970

    Innocent Aboard – Chay and Maureen Blyth – First Edition 1970

    First edition published by the Nautical Publishing Company 1970. Octavo, 196 pages all in very good condition.

    Chay Blyth’s first serious sailing expedition, setting off from England he was soon lost … and then got his bearings and sea legs. On south he sailed. Through the Canaries, Cape Verde Islands and to the far south and Tristan da Cunha before South Africa.

    His boat was a small family cruiser, so his aspiration to cross and make the Horn had to be curtailed. Confident, he cabled his wife to join him for the return voyage … which she did.

    His story won over Sir Alec Rose who provided a very supportive foreword.

    Chay Blyth – first voyage and quite an adventure

    $25.00

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  • A White Boat from England – George Millar 1951

    A White Boat from England – George Millar 1951

    A first edition published by Heinemann, London in 1951. Octavo, 308 pages nicely illustrated and with several maps.

    George Millar had already sailed the Mediterranean in the thirty-ton ketch Truant. Here in a new vessel, a sixteen-ton sloop Serica they take a leisurely sail down and around the coast of Portugal and Spain.

    What might seem like an easy passage turns into a challenge; a near miss and then run down by a fishing boat. Later illness and injury puts them in danger, before coming across Riviera smugglers and the opportunity to save another man’s life of Cap Ferrat.

    It’s not all easy going in the Mediterranean … but there are some luxuries for sure.

    $25.00

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  • The Sea Lark – Thomas Helm – First Edition 1957

    The Sea Lark – Thomas Helm – First Edition 1957

    A first edition published by George Harrap, London in 1957. Octavo, 222 pages, with end paper maps and illustrations from photographs taken during the voyages. Still has the scarce dust jacket albeit a bit chipped and repaired to top of spine. Otherwise a pretty good clean copy.

    Helm, ex US navy, set off with his mate, Ed Booth into the Caribbean and Central America in the 47 foot schooner Sea Lark. Adventures ensue and not just at sea hence the image of a jaguar on a sailing book.

    Written in a an usual story telling style … makes it quiet a treat.

    Caribbean sailing Adventures with variety

    $25.00

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  • Trimaran Solo – Victress’ Round the World – Nigel Tetley

    Trimaran Solo – Victress’ Round the World – Nigel Tetley

    First edition, Nautical Publishing Company, Lymington 1970.

    The story of Nigel Tetley’s incredible circumnavigation as part of the Sunday Times single-handed non-stop race Round the World. During which Tetley achieved many firsts but won no prizes as the Victress sank near the Azores a thousand miles from the finishing line.

    A much-prized book. Large octavo, 176 pages with twelve plates from photographs and ten charts. Very good if not fine condition.

    Presented as a journal makes for interesting “in the moment” reading. The events leading up to the sinking (very fast) and the rescue particularly gripping. (Always remember to send a May Day).

    The schedules of provisions at the end are surprising … round the world sailing clearly creates quite a hunger, and a thirst … three dozen bottles of Cutty Sark!

    Scarce sought-after account in fine condition

    $80.00

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  • Yacht Sails – Their Care and Handling – Ernest Ratsey and W.H. de Fontaine – First edition 1948

    Yacht Sails – Their Care and Handling – Ernest Ratsey and W.H. de Fontaine – First edition 1948

    A first edition 1948 published by Norton of New York with an sticker for Putnam, London below.

    Octavo, 258 pages, with 12 plates from photographs and circa 110 technical diagrams. Dust jacket with a tape strip along top and bottom, internally clean, a good copy.

    Described as … A book of useful information for the yachtsman interested in getting the most from his sails – including chapters by Roderick Stephens Jnr on handling head sails and parachute spinnakers.

    Other chapters include … recent developments in yacht rigs; light sails – the genoa jib; passage sails and storm canvas; sailcloth and sail making; care and repair; rope and rope work; finding the area and centre of effort; familiar yacht rigs etc

    A Sailmakers book on Sails and Rigging

    $25.00

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  • Theirs is the Glory – Great Britain II and the Round the World Race – Chay Blyth – First Edition 1974.

    Theirs is the Glory – Great Britain II and the Round the World Race – Chay Blyth – First Edition 1974.

    Published by Hodder and Stoughton, London. Octavo, 223 pages, nicely illustrated with images from photographs, charts and end paper descriptions and images of the competing vessels. Very good if not better condition.

    A first edition 1974 of Chay Blyth’s brilliant book about Whitbread Round the World Race which he and his crew won convincingly in Great Brita II.

    It took them only 144 days to do the 27,870 miles in four stages. Three competitors lost their lives during this race , one from Blyth’s yacht. It was tough going at times … they lost their spinnaker in the Roaring Forties and snapped the mizzen which was fixed in Sydney.

    Blyth an ex paratrooper crewed the boat with his own selection of ex-paratroopers … they learned as they went and they learned well.

    Chay Blyth confirmed his reputation on Great Britain II.

    $30.00

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