News Home Video Gallery Newsletters Cruising Int Photo Gallery
Sail-World.com : Book of the Week: The Atlantic Crossing Guide, sixth edition
Book of the Week: The Atlantic Crossing Guide, sixth edition

'The Atlantic Crossing Guide - which is the best way to go, when is the best time and a hundred other questions answered'    .

Crossing the Atlantic - it is rumoured to be rough, unpredictable, and there are few places to stop along the way, certainly none around the half-way mark. So choosing the best route, the right time and learning a hundred other tricks can make the difference between a hard slog, or worse, and a fantastic adventure. Enter the Atlantic Cruising Guide, sixth Edition.

The Atlantic Crossing Guide, 6th Edition, by Jane Russell -  .. .  
Now in its sixth edition, by Jane Russell, for the RCC Pilotage Foundation, it is here reviewed by the Ocean Cruising Club:

First published in 1983, its aim is to be the standard reference for anyone planning an Atlantic passage. This edition is a beautiful book packed with sound advice built, as the author readily acknowledges, on the five, fine previous editions.

I am most familiar with the fourth edition, having used it during a North Atlantic Circuit in 2005/06. It was one of the last books I bought before we left. I’d bought books on preparing the boat, maintenance, seamanship and the specific places I planned to go – why buy a book that covered all these subjects but in rather less detail? As it turned out, it was one of the ones I was most glad to have aboard. The quality of the hard-won experience of the present and previous authors becomes more and more obvious the further you go.

Our trip was fairly tightly planned. We were sure we only wanted to spend a year onboard and our preference was to get back to the UK in time for the children to meet up with their friends again before the summer holidays. Nevertheless our plans for after the Caribbean were very broad-brush, and it was then that The Atlantic Crossing Guide became our main reference. As well as helping us into and out of Bermuda and the Azores, it was reassuring to know that, if we had to divert at any stage, the Guide would lead us to at least one port of refuge.

The new edition is brighter and shinier, with colour photographs spread throughout and – a big improvement on the fourth edition – colour chartlets. The chapter on boats and gear takes account of most of the latest innovations. There are more references to the needs of children aboard. The pilotage advice generally appears up-to-date, despite one or two lapses, and the areas with which I am familiar are well-covered.

However it’s a little strange to find pages devoted to Gibraltar, La Linea and Ceuta (all very close together), but no mention of either Lagos nor Vilamoura, despite their large marinas and excellent boatyards/repair facilities. In fact the only mainland Portuguese harbour covered is Cascais, at the entrance to Lisbon. The Cape Verdes, which I believe will become an increasingly common feature of tradewind crossings, are dealt with enthusiastically and in more detail than I’ve seen elsewhere. We’re led as far west as Panama and as far south as Senegal, while higher latitude passages are
also addressed, though not in great detail. Web links and guides to further reading are particularly strong in this edition.

There are a lot of pages dealing with the East Coast of the US and the Intracoastal Waterway. They don’t quite have the poetic touch of Eric Hiscock, but they are enticing and appear thorough. If they encourage more Americans and Canadians to head east for a while that would be no bad thing.

The thought that (almost) no one would ever go to all the places mentioned before their particular edition goes out-of-date is true but not the point. As well as providing some reserve for the unplanned diversion, the Guide is a great stimulus to the imagination. As we toiled back from Bermuda I would regularly turn its pages planning our next (maybe) voyage.

Jimmy Cornell’s World Cruising Routes is, I guess, the ultimate in bedside dream-fodder. But The Atlantic Crossing Guide, at least for those who prefer to take it one ocean at a time, has the added advantage of telling you not only how to get somewhere but what you’ll find when you do. A fine tradition continues.

About the Ocean Cruising Club:
The Ocean Cruising Club is an international club for cruisers, and the distinctive blue and yellow burgee with a stylized Flying Fish is a welcome and respected sight in any anchorage. Founded in 1954 by the late Humphrey Barton, the Club known affectionately as the OCC exists to promote long-distance cruising in all its forms. It has no premises, regarding the oceans of the world as its clubhouse. However, it enjoys visitors' rights with a number of major clubs world-wide.

Membership is about what the applicant has done, rather than who he or she is. The sole qualification for membership is the completion of a continuous ocean passage of at least 1000 nautical miles, measured along the rhumb line, in a vessel under 70 feet, and is open to anyone aboard, either skipper or certified as competent by the skipper. For more information go to their website.


by OCC/Sail-World Cruising

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=106291

11:16 PM Mon 4 Feb 2013GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


Related News Stories:

15 Jan 2013  'Sailing Close to the Wind' - following Phoenicia around Africa
30 Dec 2012  Book of the Week: 'Round About the Earth'
29 Dec 2012  Four Fish: Not really about fishing
16 Dec 2012  Book of the Week: The Art and Science of Yacht Design
21 Nov 2012  Book of the Week: Eileen Ramsay Queen of Yachting Photography
28 Oct 2012  Book of the Week: The Last Viking, by Stephen Brown
29 Sep 2012  Book Review: The Voyage of the Cormorant
15 Sep 2012  Classic Asymmetric Sail Mistakes - And How to Avoid Them
09 Sep 2012  Book Review: 'Outfitting the Offshore Cruising Sailboat'
09 Sep 2012  Book Review: 'Outfitting the Offshore Cruising Sailboat'
MORE STORIES ...






Cruising USA



'Sailing Adventures in Paradise' by Vincent Bossley by Noonsite Reviewer/Sail-World,










Springtime Greening: Boaters Tips for Earth Day by BoatUS Foundation/Sail-World Cruising,








How sailors really do have a voice in the future of our oceans by Sandra Whitehouse, Sailors for the Sea,


Message-in-a-bottle record - 102 years by AFP/Sail-World Cruising,








Canadian solo sailor rescued north of Auckland by Sail-World Cruising round-up,




















Free online fuel spill course - how much do you know? by BoatUS Foundation/Sail-World Cruising,












Life-shattering event sends 'rookie' couple sailing the world by Asia News Network/Sail-World Cruising,




Sail Norway and Russia this summer - your own boat, or charter
Sunshine4kids' 'Fleet of Hope' sets off again
3,200-year-old boat found in Croatian waters
Product of the Week: the LineGrabber
Mediterranean Mooring - How to moor stern-to to a dock or quay
Canadian storm bomb threat - sailors advised: get off the water!
Sailing family condemmed for taking 3-year-old on circumnavigation
New contract-free plan for satellite communicator on your smart phone
Yacht of the Week: The Dashew creation: no sails, but eco-friendly
No laughing! Sailing mistakes I don't want to make
Destination: From Moscow Sea to the White Sea
Land sailors of India on adventure across the Rann
A Paint App to (almost) replace your marine store assistant
Volunteer Canadian rescue team homeless - any offers?
Hilary Lister and Nashwa Al Kindi set a new trans-ocean record
How to anchor and 'never utter a word'
Non-pyrotechnic flares for my boat - Can I or can't I?
Health benefits of sailing
Cruising in the Maldives - some nuts and bolts
ISAF Guide to Offshore Personal Safety for Racing and Cruising
Halyard Tension - a video   
Winchrite - for lazy days or extra muscle-power   
Researcher examines 'current leaks' that may change the way you sail   
Paris off to attempt to circumnavigate the world again   
Need a tow from that helicopter? - watch the video and don't laugh   
Certain oil spill products shown to be ineffective and toxic + Video   
The Constrictor: a powerful 'Queen' of sailing knots!   
Boat painting - simple but best tips   
'It's never just one thing' - Swedish sailors rescued   
Cruising Club of America celebrates outstanding sailors of 2013   
Book of the Week: From the Galley of...   
Two brave women to sail India to Oman across Arabian Sea   
Rhode Island's Classic Yacht Symposium - Registration opens   
Bad Karma as roving American cruising sailor fined in New Zealand   
Another rescue for second-time unlucky solo sailor   
New York to San Fran record attempt - Maserati reaches the Horn   
Finally the book:HMS Bounty, Disaster and Survival in Superstorm Sandy   
Yachts impounded in Mexico - the agony goes on...   
Students achieve robot boat Atlantic Crossing - but not as planned   
Endurance Award for cruising sailors, new worldwide award for 2014   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
X6XL NEW Cru USA