Part 3 — The Nautical Reader, a Sailing Book List

Ros Hodgekiss
Aug 9 · 1 min read

This is a running log of the sailing books I’ve read — and those I’ve lined up for the future. I’ll keep this “nautical book club” updated as I progress.

For the Kindle users out there, I’ve provided Project Gutenberg links, wherever possible. For everything else, please consider using the Amazon referral links below. Hopefully these help you pass many a happy day at sea.


History and adventure

Read

The Log from the Sea of Cortez” — John Steinbeck (Amazon)

Sailing Alone Around the World” — Joshua Slocum (Project Gutenberg)

The Last Grain Race” — Eric Newby (Amazon)

The Sea Wolf” — Jack London (Project Gutenberg)

Adrift: Seventy-Six Days Lost at Sea” — Steven Callahan (Amazon)

Two Years Before the Mast” — Richard Henry Dana (Project Gutenberg)

The Old Man and the Sea” — Ernest Hemingway (Project Gutenberg)

Unread

The Diary of Samuel Pepys” — Samuel Pepys (Amazon)

The Piazza Tales” — Benito Cereno — Herman Melville (Project Gutenberg)

Billy Budd, Sailor” — Herman Melville (Public Domain)

Moby Dick” — Herman Melville (Project Gutenberg)

Looking for a Ship” — John McPhee (Amazon)

A Voyage for Madmen” — Peter Nichols (Amazon)

Instruction and advice

Read

Fastnet, Force 10” — John Rousmaniere (Amazon)

Unread, or partially read

Winning in One-Designs” — Dave Perry (Amazon)

Chapman Piloting and Seamanship” — Chapman (Amazon)

Adlard Coles’ Heavy Weather Sailing” — Peter Bruce (Amazon)

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At Close Quarters: Stories from sailing and the sea.

Sailing essays, reading lists and salty tales.

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