sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Book Review: Sailing a Serious Ocean
Book Review: Sailing a Serious Ocean


'Sailing - a Serious Ocean'    .

Sailing – A Serious Ocean by John Kretschmer: Sailboats, storms, stories, and lessons leaned from 30 years at sea.
John Kretschmer is a seriously experienced sailor having logged more than 300,000 offshore sailing miles and brings every minute of his time afloat in his latest book, Sailing – A Serious Ocean.


Sailing - a serious ocean cover -  .. .  
He is also an accomplished author having written a number of books: Flirting with Mermaids, At the Mercy of the Sea, Cape Horn to Starboard, The Used Boat Notebook, and is a regular contributor to yachting magazines.

Sailing – A Serious Ocean is a bit of ramble on his experiences at sea – he covers storms & rogue waves, his views on boat design, seamanship and how to live on board through narrations of his adventures. Within these stories, he uses separate boxes to highlight related information and techniques. The result is an attractive mix of entertainment and education on bluewater sailing, something that will keep the attention of any potential cruiser.

Kretschmer is one of the old school of blue water sailors and firmly believes in strong solid boats with semi long keels, a fact that stands out in the chapters covering the boats he has sailed on, including his current boat, Quetzal, a Kauffman 47. His bias is towards North American and some UK designs and unfortunately only lightly covers the innovative French influence that has dominated sailboat production and bluewater racing in the last 10-20 years. There is some mention of catamarans but is not extensive nor well considered.

He talks extensively about passage making, primarily using his numerous trips across the Atlantic, talking about weather, navigation, safety, life onboard including managing watches and sleep patterns. His stories include incidents and emergencies that highlight the need to careful preparation of both equipment and crew.

There is no doubt on Kretschmer’s skill as a seaman as he lists and describes the top 10 storms that he has experienced. He details his strategies for dealing with storms including whether to heave to, lie a hull, forereach or run off depending on the conditions. He covers the boat design attributes, sails and techniques for storms. He also list a number of related storm related literature from Roth, Moitissier, Dashew, the Pardeys and others.

There is a sobering man overboard message during a passage from the Virgin Islands to Florida: a pleasant day in trade winds conditions quickly turns into a nightmare as one of the crew carelessly falls in and her recovery is much more complicated than expected, something that Kretschmer says he will remember the rest of his life.

Sailing – A Serious Ocean, is a great book for anyone considering or interested in blue water sailing. If it is not available at your local marine book store you can find it on Amazon by clicking here


by Doug Cuming

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=117241

2:37 AM Tue 3 Dec 2013GMT


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


Related News Stories:

03 Dec 2013  Book Review: Sailing - a Serious Ocean
26 Nov 2013  Book Review: Self-sufficient Sailor, by Lin and Larry Pardey
26 Nov 2013  Book Review: Self-sufficient Sailor, by Lin and Larry Pardey
27 Aug 2013  New Zealand bound? or there now? Brand new guide available
12 Aug 2013  Southeast Asia Pilot - don't go there without it
07 Aug 2013  Book of the Week: Trade Winds Foodie
27 Jul 2013  Boat Books' Guide to Cruising Guides
05 Jun 2013  Review: Why do so many Kiwis own a boat but never go to sea?
03 Jun 2013  Book of the Week: 'Perfect Passage Planning' by Alistair Buchan
03 Jun 2013  Book of the Week: 'Perfect Passage Planning' by Alistair Buchan
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World



































Audi Melges 20 U.S. Nationals - Oleander takes early lead by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,






2014 Detroit Cup - Sam Gilmour leads by Dobbs Davis, Detroit, Michigan








Audi Hamilton Island Race Week: Riding the AC45 - VIDEO by Crosbie Lorimer, Hamilton Island










America's Cup: Five Challengers sign-on for 35th Match by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,


Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad talks Time and Money (Part II) *Feature by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,






Cork OCR - Sail Canada Senior Nationals wrap up
J/111 World Championships - British Teams take early lead on day 1
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Jellyfish stings British Soldier
International Cadet World Championship – Day 4 at Weymouth, England
Nanjing Youth Olympic Games - Light wind plagues Lake Jinniu
2014 Formula Kite World Championships - Bridges strike back on day 2
AWT Quatro Desert Showdown at Punta San Carlos
SAP 505 World Championship - Holt and Woelfel on top
2014 IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championship - Day 2
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week; MC38s Lindeman Island Race VIDEO
2014 Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Championship - Ready to rock
IFDS Worlds - Wind delays, but racing continues in Halifax
IFDS World Championships - Day 2 images by Jude Robertson
MS Cup - Three days until the start
America's Cup: Rod Davis - Time for a change after ten years with team *Feature
ISAF seeking hosting bids for Nations Cup
Laser 4.7 Youth Worlds - Luvisetto and Alexadr Boite victorious +Video
IFDS World Championships - Action shots by Tim Wilkes
Maxi yacht rendezvous this September in Sardinia
World Yacht Racing Forum 2014: 'Growing the business of Yacht Racing'
Clipper Race: 2015-16 edition of world's longest ocean race 70% full   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland - Swish smash 5th World Record   
Leaderboards take shape at the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games 2014   
IFDS Worlds - Hot competition on first day of racing   
Challenging Conditions - CORK OCR   
IFDS World Championship - Day 1 for the US Sailing Team   
2014 Melges 20 World Championship - Countdown begins   
2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games - Day 3   
America's Cup: Team NZ wish Davis well with new team *Feature   
Fisher's View: Sailing perfection at Hamilton Island- Day 3   
Roble and Wilson still number one match racers in the U.S.   
2014 Formula Kite World Championship Day 1   
IFDS World Championship - Day 1 images by Jude Robertson   
Volvo Ocean Race: Forget the f-word - Team SCA profiled   
52 Super Series - Fleet grows, 2015 dates revealed   
420 and 470 Junior Europeans - Teams from 9 nations on the podium   
IFDS Worlds - Former president presented with ISAF awards medal   
Nanjing Youth Olympic Games - Improvements aplenty in Byte CII fleets   
America's Cup: New Zealand loses top coach to Artemis Racing   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 CEO Knut Frostad talks (Part I) *Feature   


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  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-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.
XLXL WAS US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT