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Racing and Chasing

Racing and Chasing

October 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Perhaps you followed the great America’s Cup races in 2013, in which Team USA overcame a massive deficit in points to snatch victory from Team New Zealand. I did as well, but if Team USA captain Jimmy Spithill sat next to me in a launch, I wouldn’t have recognized him, as speed racing on open […]

A Speck in the Sea

A Speck in the Sea

June 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

A few Julys back, John Aldridge fell off the back of his lobster boat 40 miles south of Montauk. He later calculated that it took him just 17 seconds to become “a speck in the sea.” The time was 3:30 am and the water temperature was 72 degrees. There were five-foot swells remaining from a […]

Thrills Aboard Sloop Anne B

Thrills Aboard Sloop Anne B

January 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

When Maggie receives permission to board Hersh’s anchored sailboat, she’s partially undressed and he’s almost completely adrift. Shrouded in mystery, Maggie’s arrival soon invites danger and intrigue aboard — situations that excite skipper Hersh and reignite his days as an intelligence agent. In Anne Bonny’s Wake, Dick Elam creates a tale of trickery and deception […]

Seeing into the Seas

Seeing into the Seas

November 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

  We are all caught up in what happens in this world, and yet in truth, we know so little about a large part of our planet — the seas. They occupy about 71 percent of the earth and at least that same measurement of its mysteries. Who occupies the oceans and what happens beyond […]

Let’s Get Lost

Let’s Get Lost

September 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. Ages ago, I had a tee shirt that proclaimed, I never get lost because everybody tells me where to go. I’m not really sure what statement teenage me hoped to make, but if I had that tee today, author George Michelsen Foy would likely say that people telling me where to go were stunting […]

Water Makes Us Better

Water Makes Us Better

June 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

.   Like a siren’s call, the book Blue Mind by Wallace J. Nichols drew on my deep passion for water. Certainly, I would love to learn about how we are all connected to the sea and learn the latest science demonstrating the benefits we get from our proximity to the water! Nichols compiles research […]

Voyage through Loss

Voyage through Loss

May 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. As Paul Heiney recalls his eventful voyage from England to the infamous Cape Horn in his book One Wild Song, he is simultaneously navigating a new life without his son. The author’s son, Nicholas, creates a deafening silence after his suicide at age 23. This burns in the narrator’s mind throughout the book; he […]

Fortitude, Courage, and Strength at Sea

Fortitude, Courage, and Strength at Sea

April 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. When Herman Melville’s classic 1851 novel Moby-Dick comes to mind, do you wonder what might have inspired him to write the tale? If so, Owen Chase’s memoir is a must read, especially in its newest version, Wreck of the Whale Ship Essex: The Complete Illustrated Edition: The Extraordinary and Distressing Memoir That Inspired Herman […]

Dream Cruising Destinations

Dream Cruising Destinations

February 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

. Do you long to boat in places far from your home port? The places you fantasize about may actually exist; the book Dream Cruising Destinations by Vanessa Bird is a solid guide to reaching and enjoying exotic locales. From locations in the United States to private islands across the seas, this book has it […]

Murder on Land and Sea

Murder on Land and Sea

December 29, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Dying for a good book? Like tales where there’s a past tense character? Coast to Coast, Murder from Sea to Shining Sea is a book for you. It’s a killer collection of stories, edited by Andrew McAleer & Paul D. Marks, featuring a dozen talented writers. Set all across the U.S.A., the casts of characters are […]

Boys in the Boat:  On Abandonment and Togetherness

Boys in the Boat: On Abandonment and Togetherness

June 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

.             I confess: I don’t like business trips because I have to sleep in hotel rooms.  Something about being alone makes me…well, lonely.  But until I read Daniel James Brown’s terrific book, The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin […]

Growing Up as the World Ends

Growing Up as the World Ends

February 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Whether you’re a voracious reader or someone who only has time to squeeze an occasional book into a busy schedule, I’d recommend that Flotilla by Dan Haight be on your reading list. It is an exciting young adventure story that kept me engaged right from the start. Actually, the book’s beginning left me no choice […]

Pointing Towards Port Starbird

Pointing Towards Port Starbird

November 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Tell me a book is a boat-filled adventure, a mystery, or a romantic tale, and I’ll start reading. Find me a good story that combines all three, plus a dog, and I’ll be recommending the book to others. Port Starbird by Garrett Dennis is the first of what the author promises will be the “Storm Ketchum […]

High Stakes Escapades at Sea

High Stakes Escapades at Sea

October 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

. To some, boating is an exciting activity all by itself. Add in drugs, guns, explosions, and money, and it becomes the adventure of a lifetime. In Troubled Sea, a novel by Jinx Schwartz, a couple cruising through Mexico’s Sea of Cortez on their 42-foot boat encounter troubles that force them to endure a journey […]

Swim, Why We Love the Water

Swim, Why We Love the Water

August 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

. Imagine a love so deep that you would swim from Europe to Asia every night just to be with the object of your adoration.  Envision floating in silky sensuality as your muscles relax and your mind soars.  If you’re intrigued by the story and seeking the sensation, dive into Lynn Sherr’s book, Swim, to […]

Fire Island by John J. Stevens

Fire Island by John J. Stevens

April 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

To have it all, to lose it, and then find a way to get it all back again is tough. In Fire Island, a novel by John J. Stevens, a ship captain loses a leg, his son, and his ship in a matter of minutes. As compelling a story as that sounds, this novel set in 1857 New York is so much more than one captain’s saga.

JONES BEACH Book Review

JONES BEACH Book Review

July 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

If you enjoy photography books, along with nostalgia and a few good laughs, this is a book you are sure to enjoy.

Harbor Voices Book Review

November 1, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Harbor Voices Book Review
Beth Kutcher

Oheka Castle: A Monument to Survival

September 1, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Oheka Castle: A Book Review
Effie Speyer