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  • The Venturesome Voyages of Captain Voss – Voss

    The Venturesome Voyages of Captain Voss – Voss

    Published by Century, London etc. 1976, from the 1926 original, 326 page softcover, charts and with all of Voss’s technical appendices. Nice introduction by Commander Grubb puts this historic account into perspective.

    The voyages comprise adventures in the Xora, Tilikum (Friend) and Sea Queen. The first, in the Xora, was from Victoria B.C. to Cocos Island in search of the treasure purported to be buried there. Then on to Calloa in Peru a ten thousand mile voyage in a boat of ten tons.

    The second, in the Tilikum, an Indian canoe dug out a solid piece of wood and decked by Voss. Weighing only one and a half tons Voss crossed the Pacific, visiting New Zealand and Australia, the New Hebrides and through the Torres Strait to the Indian Ocean. Round the Cape of Good Hope, up to the Azores before reaching London.

    The third, in the yawl Sea Queen, only 28 feet but incredibly seaworthy. Voss recorded surviving a full somersault in a terrific gale.

    Between the monumental voyage in the Tilikum and his adventures in the Sea Queen Voss spent five years in charge of sealing vessels in the North Pacific and Behring Sea.

    Voyages of Voss – special Maritime history

    $20.00

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  • Where the Ocean Meets the Sky [Single handed Transatlantic Crossing] – Crispin Latymer.

    Where the Ocean Meets the Sky [Single handed Transatlantic Crossing] – Crispin Latymer.

    Published by Adlard Coles in 2009 a 216 page softcover nicely illustrated from original photographs.

    At 50 many of us wish to do something adventurous … Crispin Latymer was a seasoned coastal yachtsmen. To cross the Atlantic alone was the challenge he put upon himself … and what an adventure. Pirates off the coast of Africa before he turned westward for his Ocean run … only to meet Storm Delta …. And entertaining adventurous story.

    Hit the 50? … try your hand at something challenging!

    $20.00

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  • 500 Days – Around the World On a Twelve Foot Yacht – Serge Testa – Signed First Privately Published

    500 Days – Around the World On a Twelve Foot Yacht – Serge Testa – Signed First Privately Published

    A pretty rare softcover privately published by the adventurer in Aspley a suburb of Brisbane in 1988.

    216 pages, illustrated from original photographs and sketches (including maps) by the author. A little turned at the corners and the very odd mark, otherwise very good condition.

    Whilst some records show the smallest boat to circumnavigate was Kuczynski in May 2018 in a 21 foot vessel … we cannot understand that claim as the Serge Testa’s “Acrohc” was 40% smaller at 12 feet.

    Surely cannot really be beaten – 12 foot around the World.

    $25.00

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  • Blown Away [Six Years Sailing in the Pacific] – Herb Payson

    Blown Away [Six Years Sailing in the Pacific] – Herb Payson

    A new edition softcover published by Sheridan House in 1995, 252 pages, in super condition.

    Herb and Nancy Payson give up the nightclubs of Los Angeles and in a 36 foot ketch spend the next six years plus with their family in the Pacific. Adventure ensues, and not without some difficulties. They tried to settle down afterwards in Maine but not for long before they were back permanently under sail. An easy going narrative live and in the moment.

    Payson’s in the Pacific leading a perfect sailing life …

    $25.00

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  • A Voyage for Madmen [Golden Globe Race] – Peter Nicholls

    A Voyage for Madmen [Golden Globe Race] – Peter Nicholls

    First edition softcover published by Harper in 2001. 301 pages plus list of “sources and permissions”, nicely illustrated from original photographs. A very good copy.

    This is the story of the infamous Golden Globe Race when nine individuals competed to complete the fastest single handed race around the world. The outcome was not good bar for one. Some were novices or near so at the time and would go on to become masters of the craft.

    The individuals were John Ridgway, Chay Blyth, Robin Knox-Johnston, Bernard Moitessier, Loick Gourgeron, Bill King, Nigel Tetley, Alex Carozzo and Donald Crowhurst. The book brilliantly takes one through the adventures, disasters and accomplishments of each.

    Nine good men at the helm – alone

    $25.00

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  • Pacific Odyssey [Three Years in the Pacific] – Gwenda Cornell – 1985

    Pacific Odyssey [Three Years in the Pacific] – Gwenda Cornell – 1985

    Published by Adlard Coles, London in 1985 a first edition soft cover. 218 pages, double page map and black and white illustrations.

    A super Pacific voyage taking in Easter Islands, Samoa, the birth of Tuvalu and the nose flute playing in Tonga. Three years in all were spent in the Pacific in what would be a six year round the world adventure.

    A sailing adventure to die for and a well written narrative.

    $25.00

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