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Confluence - Beyond The River With Siseko Ntondini (Paperback): Piers Cruikshanks Confluence - Beyond The River With Siseko Ntondini (Paperback)
Piers Cruikshanks 3
R275 R236 Discovery Miles 2 360 Save R39 (14%) In stock

Confluence tells the uplifting non-fiction story of the Duzi canoe marathon partnership of Piers Cruickshanks, a seasoned paddler who had won multiple gold medals in the Duzi, with Siseko Ntondini, a paddler who had come up through the ranks of the Soweto Canoe Club, whose dream was to win a gold medal in the Duzi.

The two men agree to paddle together and start training towards their gold-medal goal, but in order to get to even the start line, they need to overcome cultural and physical challenges to create a winning combination.

Timed to be released at the same time as Beyond The River, a movie based loosely on their story, this is a book that will have wide-ranging, feel-good appeal.

The Code - The Power Of "I Will" (Paperback): Shaun Tomson, Patrick Moser The Code - The Power Of "I Will" (Paperback)
Shaun Tomson, Patrick Moser 1
R145 R125 Discovery Miles 1 250 Save R20 (14%) Within 4 - 8 working days

The twelve stories in this book, taken from Shaun Tomson's own life experiences in and out of the surfing world, offer the simple message "I will" as a model to face life's challenges and help you achieve your goals. All you need is to be encouraged to find your voice and commit yourself to positive values. The stories resonate with positivity and hope for the future, and are infused with the belief that even in the darkest time, light shines ahead to show you the way forward.

Shaun Tomson's impossibly handsome visage has long ago been carved deeply into the pantheon of surfing's elite. He need do nothing more than continue to surf Rincon well and make a few aloha-shirted public appearances now and then to stride off gloriously into surfing immortality. But in recent years, at least partially brought on by the devastating loss of his teenaged son Mathew, Tomson has waded into the world of inspirational writing and speaking, endeavoring to pass on the lessons he's learned from a life extraordinarily well-lived.

These stories will inspire you to believe in yourself and to believe in the power that each and every one of us has to shape our lives through the power of “I Will.”

Dive Sites Of South Africa & Mozambique (Paperback, 2nd): Fiona McIntosh Dive Sites Of South Africa & Mozambique (Paperback, 2nd)
Fiona McIntosh 1
R285 R245 Discovery Miles 2 450 Save R40 (14%) In stock

This guide offers spectacular and diverse diving in South Africa and Mozambique.

Dive with sharks, squid and sardines, exploring cold-water kelp forests, pristine tropical reefs and poignant shipwrecks. This guide features 180 of the best dives, with first-hand descriptions and site maps. Key dive information and contact details and a comprehensive marine species identification guide.

Book chapters include

  • Cape Peninsula and False Bay
  • Southern Cape Coast – Gansbaai & the Garden Route
  • Port Elizabeth, Port Alfred & East London
  • South Coast – Aliwal Shoal, Landers & Protea Banks
  • Durban & North Coast
  • Sodwana Bay
  • Northern Maputaland – Mabibi & Kosi Bay
  • Southern Mozambique
  • The Manta Coast
  • Vilanculos & the Bazaruto Archipelago
  • Nampula – Nacala Bay, Baixo do Pinda, Memba Bay and Ilha de Mozambique
  • Northern Mozambique – Pemba & the Quirmbas Archipelago
  • Inland dive sites
  • Marine species Identification Guide
  • Contacts

This guide will give you the information you need to be a responsible diver. Learn to care for the marine environment as well diving culture and gear you would need. This book is a must-have for any diving enthusiast.

From Whiskey To Water (Paperback): Sam Cowen From Whiskey To Water (Paperback)
Sam Cowen 1
R240 R222 Discovery Miles 2 220 Save R18 (7%) In stock

"My name is Samantha and Iím an alcoholic. At the time of writing, Iíve been sober for 13 years, 11 months and 16 days. And yes I still count. I promised I would never speak about it publicly until my children understood what that meant, that mommy was an alcoholic. I think they may have understood long before I did."

From Whiskey To Water is the no-holds-barred memoir by one of South Africaís most loved radio talk show hosts, Sam Cowen. Having kept her alcohol addiction well away from the public eye for over 14 years, in this tell-all tale, Sam finds the courage to talk about her struggle with her addiction to whiskey, food and finally to a passion that saved her life Ė marathon swimming. Told in her characteristically hilarious dead-pan style, this is one of the bravest books youíll read this year.

"So this is a book on how I stopped drinking? No, itís not. Itís how I stopped drinking, started eating, became clinically severely obese, stopped eating (everything that wasnít nailed down) and swam my way to freedom. No, itís not. Itís actually about addiction and learning and sadness and anxiety and love and drive. Itís about channelling the unchangeable into the miraculous. Itís about dragons and learning how to put them to sleep when you canít slay them. Itís about being my own Daenarys."

Diving In Mozambique (Paperback): Robynn Hofmeyr, Ross Hofmeyr Diving In Mozambique (Paperback)
Robynn Hofmeyr, Ross Hofmeyr
R180 R155 Discovery Miles 1 550 Save R25 (14%) In stock

The ideal diving trip planner.

The first guide to dives and diving in Mozambique that describes the best dive centres and resorts in the region and that details the following key information:

  • facilities and equipment available
  • size of dive groups
  • length of dives
  • who leads the dives
  • distance to the launch site
  • the best time of year for diving
  • what there is to see
  • what health and safety precautions to take
2018 Calendar of Wooden Boats (Calendar): Benjamin Mendlowitz 2018 Calendar of Wooden Boats (Calendar)
Benjamin Mendlowitz
R303 R237 Discovery Miles 2 370 Save R66 (22%) Within 7 - 11 working days
A Year in the Wilderness - Bearing Witness in the Boundary Waters (Hardcover): Dave Freeman, Amy Freeman A Year in the Wilderness - Bearing Witness in the Boundary Waters (Hardcover)
Dave Freeman, Amy Freeman
R597 R482 Discovery Miles 4 820 Save R115 (19%) Within 7 - 15 working days

From adventurers and educators Amy and Dave Freeman, a passionate and beautifully illustrated account of a year in the Boundary Waters. The Boundary Waters--with over twelve hundred miles of canoe routes--is one of our national treasures, yet their existence has been consistently threatened. When the Freemans learned of copper nickel mining in the area's watershed, they decided to take action. They would speak on behalf of the Boundary Waters. And they would do it by spending a year in the wilderness. This book tells the story of that year in northern Minnesota. In visceral, immediate language and gorgeous photos, the Freemans show us the value of wilderness and why we must protect it. We hear loons whistling softly under a moonrise. We taste lobster mushrooms cooked over a fire. We watch a pine marten stalking a hare through winter's first snowfall. We linger, reverently, at the edges of a silent lake after other campers have gone home. With the magic--and urgent message behind it--that have brought an international audience to the Freemans' cause, A Year in the Wilderness is a rousing cry of witness activism and a stunning tribute to this special region.

Four Mums in a Boat - Friends Who Rowed 3000 Miles, Broke a World Record and Learnt a Lot About Life Along the Way (Paperback):... Four Mums in a Boat - Friends Who Rowed 3000 Miles, Broke a World Record and Learnt a Lot About Life Along the Way (Paperback)
Janette Benaddi, Helen Butters, Niki Doeg, Frances Davies 1
R342 R272 Discovery Miles 2 720 Save R70 (20%) Within 8 - 15 working days

A Sunday Times BestsellerThe incredible true story of four ordinary working mums from Yorkshire who took on an extraordinary challenge and broke a world record along the way.Janette, Frances, Helen and Niki, though all from Yorkshire, were four very different women, all juggling full time jobs alongside being mothers to each of their 2 children. They could never be described as athletes, but they were determined to be busy and the local Saturday morning rowing club was the perfect place to go to have a laugh and a gossip, get the blood pumping in the open air, and feel invigorated.Brought together by their love of rowing, they quickly became firm friends, and it wasn't long before they cooked up a crazy idea over a few glasses of wine: together, they were going to do something that fewer people than had gone into space or climbed Everest had succeeded in doing. They were going to cross 3,000 miles of treacherous ocean in the toughest row in the world, The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.Yes, they had children and husbands that they would be leaving behind for two months, yes they had businesses to run, mortgages to pay, responsibilities. And there was that little thing of them all being in their 40s and 50s.But two years of planning, preparation, fundraising, training and difficult conversations later, and they found themselves standing on the edge of the San Sebastian harbour in the Canary Islands, petrified, exhilarated and ready to head up the race of their lives.This is the story of how four friends together had the audacity to go on a wild, terrifying and beautiful adventure, not to escape life, but for life not to escape them.

I Found My Tribe (Hardcover): Ruth Fitzmaurice I Found My Tribe (Hardcover)
Ruth Fitzmaurice 1
R336 R266 Discovery Miles 2 660 Save R70 (21%) Within 8 - 15 working days

'One of the year's most arresting, humbling and acute memoirs. It is a catch-in-the-throat, life-affirming work that you want to gulp down in one and recommend to all your friends. Fitzmaurice tells her story in sparkling prose that is as sinewy as her new sea-strengthened body, and as admirable and boundless as her spirit' Sunday Times Ruth's tribe are her lively children and her filmmaker husband, Simon, who has Motor Neurone Disease and can only communicate with his eyes. Ruth's other `tribe' are the friends who gather at the cove in Greystones, Co. Wicklow, and regularly throw themselves into the freezing cold water, just for kicks. `The Tragic Wives' Swimming Club', as they jokingly call themselves, meet to cope with the extreme challenges life puts in their way, not to mention the monster waves rolling over the horizon. Swimming is just one of the daily coping strategies as Ruth fights to preserve the strong but now silent connection with her husband. As she tells the story of their marriage, via diagnosis to their current precarious situation, Ruth also charts her passion for sea swimming - culminating in a midnight swim under the full moon on her wedding anniversary. An invocation to all of us to love as hard as we can, and live even harder, I Found My Tribe is an urgent and uplifting letter to a husband, family, friends, the natural world and the brightness of life.

East Coast Rivers Cruising Companion - A Yachtsman's Pilot and Cruising Guide to the Waters from Lowestoft to Ramsgate... East Coast Rivers Cruising Companion - A Yachtsman's Pilot and Cruising Guide to the Waters from Lowestoft to Ramsgate (Hardcover)
Janet Harber
R802 R645 Discovery Miles 6 450 Save R157 (20%) Within 7 - 11 working days

Well established as 'the East Coast yachtsman's bible', this 20th edition of Jan Harber's classic cruising companion marks the book's 60th anniversary. Dating back to 1956 when Jack Coote, Jan's father, produced the first black and white edition, East Coast Rivers, now extending from Lowestoft to Ramsgate, continues to cover the rivers, curlew-haunted creeks and intricate shoals and swatchways of the Thames Estuary and surrounding rivers. Comprehensive pilotage and nautical information based on years of local knowledge is complemented by port information and local maritime history, helping cruising sailors to make the most of their visit to the East Coast. The text is illustrated throughout with updated charts and photographs, including spectacular aerial shots of a number of the rivers and entrances that make up this cherished cruising ground. Not only a pilot guide, this is the memoir of a family's history; exploring, capturing and celebrating this extraordinary sailing area.

Sailing Boat Manual (Hardcover): Dennis Watts Sailing Boat Manual (Hardcover)
Dennis Watts 2
R461 Discovery Miles 4 610 Within 8 - 15 working days

The dream of owning, maintaining and sailing your own boat without great expense can easily be achieved by following the information in the "Sailing boat manual". Written to cut through confusing nautical language, it gives anyone new to sailing the confidence and knowledge to buy and enjoy a sailing dinghy or small sail cruiser. Packed with well-illustrated practical information and handy tips for both new and existing boat owners, this manual covers the routine maintenance, repairs and improvement of a sailing boat for those with good basic DIY skills and has further information for the jobs best left to the experts. There are also useful sections on buying, moorings and safe sailing techniques.

Four Mums in a Boat - Friends Who Rowed 3000 Miles, Broke a World Record and Learnt a Lot About Life Along the Way (Hardcover):... Four Mums in a Boat - Friends Who Rowed 3000 Miles, Broke a World Record and Learnt a Lot About Life Along the Way (Hardcover)
Janette Benaddi, Helen Butters, Niki Doeg, Frances Davies 1
R391 R309 Discovery Miles 3 090 Save R82 (21%) Within 8 - 15 working days

A Sunday Times BestsellerThe incredible true story of four ordinary working mums from Yorkshire who took on an extraordinary challenge and broke a world record along the way.Janette, Frances, Helen and Niki, though all from Yorkshire, were four very different women, all juggling full time jobs alongside being mothers to each of their 2 children. They could never be described as athletes, but they were determined to be busy and the local Saturday morning rowing club was the perfect place to go to have a laugh and a gossip, get the blood pumping in the open air, and feel invigorated.Brought together by their love of rowing, they quickly became firm friends, and it wasn't long before they cooked up a crazy idea over a few glasses of wine: together, they were going to do something that fewer people than had gone into space or climbed Everest had succeeded in doing. They were going to cross 3,000 miles of treacherous ocean in the toughest row in the world, The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.Yes, they had children and husbands that they would be leaving behind for two months, yes they had businesses to run, mortgages to pay, responsibilities. And there was that little thing of them all being in their 40s and 50s.But two years of planning, preparation, fundraising, training and difficult conversations later, and they found themselves standing on the edge of the San Sebastian harbour in the Canary Islands, petrified, exhilarated and ready to head up the race of their lives.This is the story of how four friends together had the audacity to go on a wild, terrifying and beautiful adventure, not to escape life, but for life not to escape them.

Unsinkable - The History of Boston Whaler (Hardcover): Matthew D. Plunkett Unsinkable - The History of Boston Whaler (Hardcover)
Matthew D. Plunkett; Contributions by Clint Fisher Crowell
R593 R478 Discovery Miles 4 780 Save R115 (19%) Within 7 - 15 working days
Dare to Do - Taking on the planet by bike and boat (Paperback): Sarah Outen Dare to Do - Taking on the planet by bike and boat (Paperback)
Sarah Outen 1
R247 R195 Discovery Miles 1 950 Save R52 (21%) Within 8 - 15 working days

SHORTLISTED FOR THE EDWARD STANFORD ADVENTURE TRAVEL BOOK OF THE YEAROn 1 April 2011, rower and adventurer Sarah Outen set off in her kayak from Tower Bridge for France. Her aim was simple: to circle the globe entirely under her own steam - cycling, kayaking and rowing across Europe, Asia, the Pacific, North America, the Atlantic and eventually home. A year later, Sarah was plucked from the Pacific ocean amid tropical storm Mawar, her boat broken, her spirit even more so. But that wasn't the end. Despite ill health and depression, giving up was not an option. So Sarah set off once more to finish what she had started, becoming the first woman to row solo from Japan to Alaska, as well as the first woman to row the mid-Pacific from West to East. She kayaked the treacherous Aleutian chain and cycled North America, before setting out on the Atlantic, despite the risk of another row-ending storm...Dare to Do is more than an adventure story. It is a story of the kindness of strangers and the spirit of travel; a story of the raw power of nature, of finding love in unexpected places, and of discovering your inner strength. It is about trying and failing, and trying again, and about how, even when all seems lost, you can find yourself.

Swimming - Vintage Minis (Paperback): Roger Deakin Swimming - Vintage Minis (Paperback)
Roger Deakin
R79 R62 Discovery Miles 620 Save R17 (22%) Within 8 - 15 working days

Is there anything quite so exhilarating as swimming in wild water? This is a joyful swimming tour of Britain, a frog's-eye view of the country's best bathing holes - the rivers, rock pools, lakes, ponds, lochs and sea that define a watery island. Charming, funny, inspiring, an assertion of the native swimmer's right to roam, a celebration of the magic of water - this book will indeed make you want to strip off and leap in. Selected from the book Waterlog by Roger Deakin. VINTAGE MINIS: GREAT MINDS. BIG IDEAS. LITTLE BOOKS. A series of short books by the world's greatest writers on the experiences that make us human. Also in the Vintage Minis series: Eating by Nigella Lawson; Liberty by Virginia Woolf; Summer by Laurie Lee; and, Desire by Haruki Murakami.

A Genius at His Trade (Paperback): Stan Grayson A Genius at His Trade (Paperback)
Stan Grayson
R590 R434 Discovery Miles 4 340 Save R156 (26%) Within 7 - 11 working days
One Breath - Freediving, Death, and the Quest to Shatter Human Limits (Paperback): Adam Skolnick One Breath - Freediving, Death, and the Quest to Shatter Human Limits (Paperback)
Adam Skolnick 1
R227 R181 Discovery Miles 1 810 Save R46 (20%) Within 8 - 15 working days

One Breath is a gripping and powerful exploration of the strange and fascinating sport of freediving, and of the tragic, untimely death of America's greatest freediver Competitive freediving-a sport built on diving as deep as possible on a single breath-tests the limits of human ability in the most hostile environment on earth. The unique and eclectic breed of individuals who freedive at the highest level regularly dive hundreds of feet below the ocean's surface, reaching such depths that their organs compress, light disappears, and one mistake could kill them. Even among freedivers, few have ever gone as deep as Nicholas Mevoli. A handsome young American with an unmatched talent for the sport, Nick was among freediving's brightest stars. He was also an extraordinary individual, one who rebelled against the vapid and commoditized society around him by relentlessly questing for something more meaningful and authentic, whatever the risks. So when Nick Mevoli arrived at Vertical Blue in 2013, the world's premier freediving competition, he was widely expected to challenge records and continue his meteoric rise to stardom. Instead, before the end of that fateful competition Nick Mevoli had died, a victim of the sport that had made him a star, and the very future of free diving was called into question. With unparalleled access and masterfully crafted prose, One Breath tells his unforgettable story, and of the sport which shaped and ultimately destroyed him.

Surfing with Sartre - An Aquatic Inquiry Into a Life of Meaning (Hardcover): Aaron James Surfing with Sartre - An Aquatic Inquiry Into a Life of Meaning (Hardcover)
Aaron James
R481 R361 Discovery Miles 3 610 Save R120 (25%) Within 7 - 11 working days
The Baltic Sea and Approaches (Hardcover, New edition): RCC Pilotage Foundation The Baltic Sea and Approaches (Hardcover, New edition)
RCC Pilotage Foundation
R1,034 R912 Discovery Miles 9 120 Save R122 (12%) Within 7 - 11 working days

This 4th edition has been produced by a team from the Royal Cruising Club and contains substantial changes. Apart from the routine updating of the text and plans - many newly drawn for this edition - and the addition of new photos, there are also some major changes. In particular coverage of Finland has been reorganized, and reflecting the fast pace of change since the last edition, the Baltic States and Poland sections have been improved significantly. The nine countries bordering the Baltic Sea offer an immense variety of cruising grounds, people and cultures. There are thousands of harbours and innumerable anchorages, and it would take an entire bookshelf, to cover them all in detail. The information contained in this book is therefore selective. It has been chosen for its value both at the planning stages - preparing the yacht, choosing the most suitable route, timing and communications etc - and again on arrival, when a general overview of each individual country is followed by specific harbour information. Where detailed cruising information is readily available - effectively Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Finland - only selected harbours are covered, chosen, with a few exceptions, as fulfilling certain key needs. Where cruising information is more limited - Poland, Kaliningrad, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Russia - many smaller harbours are also featured in detail. In addition to comprehensive suggestions for further reading (and sources in each country from which they may be ordered) more than 200 websites are listed, again chosen for their relevance both at the planning stages and en route. In order to facilitate the latter, as well as for general communication, details of internet access points are included for most major harbours. Beautiful, secluded anchorages, picturesque canals, bustling marinas, dramatic cities - all await those considering a Baltic cruise.

The Shell Channel Pilot - South coast of England, the North coast of France and the Channel Islands (Hardcover, 8th New... The Shell Channel Pilot - South coast of England, the North coast of France and the Channel Islands (Hardcover, 8th New edition)
Tom Cunliffe 1
R892 R795 Discovery Miles 7 950 Save R97 (11%) Within 7 - 11 working days

For more than 80 years The Shell Channel Pilot has been the ultimate authority on English Channel navigation and pilotage. Following the pioneering work of the legendary Adlard Coles, the book was passed to Captain John Coote RN in 1982. In his comparatively short, ten-year tenure, John Coote expanded the coverage from the English coast to include northern France. He also applied a characteristic humour to the shoreside aspect of the text which has been enthusiastically adopted by Tom Cunliffe, the present and third compiler of this unique work. Upgraded and updated regularly, this is the 8th edition published by Imray under Cunliffe's hand. `Shell' is more than a harbour guide. It also provides a reassuring hand on the shoulder for Channel navigation, with useful passage notes gleaned from the compiler's personal experience of more than 40 years running the tides and finding the eddies. His frank remarks regarding harbour and recreational facilities have long been relied upon by sailors of all generations and nationalities. While leading to some enlightening secrets, they have been known to cause landlords whose establishments fall short of the required standard to lose the will to live. Working with harbourmasters and a dedicated group of carefully selected yachtsmen and women, Cunliffe has kept this pilot as up to date as is humanly possible. More than being technically sound, which is to be expected from a Yachtmaster Examiner, the book is also a thoroughly enjoyable read.

Extreme Surf (Hardcover, Shows the amazing extremes surfers will go to to find the ultimate wave.): Benjamin Marcus Extreme Surf (Hardcover, Shows the amazing extremes surfers will go to to find the ultimate wave.)
Benjamin Marcus 1
R242 R197 Discovery Miles 1 970 Save R45 (19%) Within 8 - 15 working days

Imagine paddling along, just ahead of a wave that has risen to a monstrous 70 ft - a thousand tons of moving liquid arching over your head whilst you accelerate up to 55 mph, then fly through the arc of rushing water in a race to pull clear before it collapses upon you. 'Extreme surf' is a tribute to the adrenalin rush of catching a big wave. A fascinating journey through the world's most awe-inspiring surfing locations, from Teahupoo, Tahiti to Mavericks, North California, it describes one of the currently most loved, yet dangerous sports. Beginning with a history of the sport's evolution, the book takes us to the most remote, most popular, and most dangerous surfing spots. From the longest, fastest, coldest and warmest waves to the deadliest waters, this book will thrill with its images and text. 'Extreme Surf' is the 4th title in the successful 'Extreme' sport series ('Extreme Golf 04'; 'Extreme Sail 06', 'Extreme Running 07'.) This is mini-edition.

GMDSS - A User's Handbook (Paperback): Denise Brehaut GMDSS - A User's Handbook (Paperback)
Denise Brehaut 1
R436 R380 Discovery Miles 3 800 Save R56 (13%) Within 8 - 15 working days

The Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) - the maritime equivalent to the emergency services number - provides a fast and efficient way of calling for assistance at sea, whatever the size of craft or its location. Denise Brehaut explains the operation of the system as a whole and clearly outlines the procedures required to get help quickly, as well as covering the syllabi of the General Operator's Certificate (GOC), the Long Range Certificate (LRC) and the Restricted Operator's Certificate (ROC). Concise descriptions of channel usage, call signs, types of transmission and equipment allow novices as well as long-time users to thoroughly understand this life-saving communications system. The 6th edition of GMDSS incorporates all the changes to the regulations that came into force in 2009 as well as the 2016 system updates. GMDSS: A User's Handbook has proved an invaluable reference for exam candidates and equipment users alike for almost 20 years - it is the GMDSS bible. The clear and lucid text is supported with illustrations, handy Q&A sections and a quick-reference revision guide for GOC and LRC students. Since it was first published, this book has helped explain the system for anyone using GMDSS and has been excellent pre-course reading for students.

Off the Deep End - A History of Madness at Sea (Hardcover): Nic Compton Off the Deep End - A History of Madness at Sea (Hardcover)
Nic Compton 1
R385 R317 Discovery Miles 3 170 Save R68 (18%) Within 7 - 11 working days

Confined in a small space for months on end, subject to ship's discipline and living on limited food supplies, many sailors of old lost their minds - and no wonder. Many still do. The result in some instances was bloodthirsty mutinies, such as the whaleboat Sharon whose captain was butchered and fed to the ship's pigs in a crazed attack in the Pacific. Or mob violence, such as the 147 survivors on the raft of the Medusa, who slaughtered each other in a two-week orgy of violence. So serious was the problem that the Royal Navy's own physician claimed sailors were seven times more likely to go mad than the rest of the population. Historic figures such as Christopher Columbus, George Vancouver, Fletcher Christian (leader of the munity of the Bounty) and Robert FitzRoy (founder of the Met Office) have all had their sanity questioned. More recently, sailors in today's round-the-world races often experience disturbing hallucinations, including seeing elephants floating in the sea and strangers taking the helm, or suffer complete psychological breakdown, like Donald Crowhurst. Others become hypnotised by the sea and jump to their deaths. Off the Deep End looks at the sea's physical character, how it confuses our senses and makes rational thought difficult. It explores the long history of madness at sea and how that is echoed in many of today's yacht races. It looks at the often-marginal behaviour of sailors living both figuratively and literally outside society's usual rules. And it also looks at the sea's power to heal, as well as cause, madness.

The Laser Book - Laser Sailing from Start to Finish (Paperback, 6th Revised edition): Tim Davison The Laser Book - Laser Sailing from Start to Finish (Paperback, 6th Revised edition)
Tim Davison
R397 R329 Discovery Miles 3 290 Save R68 (17%) Within 7 - 11 working days

The Laser is the world's most popular adult dinghy and comes with three rigs: Standard (used by men at the Olympic games), Radial (used by women at the Olympic games) and 4.7 (used by young people moving up from the Optimist). But the boat is not restricted to top athletes; its versatility means that it is an ideal boat for beginners and club racers too. Lasers can be found at nearly every sailing club throughout the world. Targeted at the club sailor, The Laser Book covers the techniques and skills needed to succeed in Laser sailing, for those starting out through to those striving to win their Club Championship. Whether you are a youngster moving up to a 4.7 or a club sailor looking to improve your results, expert advice from author Tim Davison, plus contributions from Laser gold medallists, world champions and their coaches, will take your Laser sailing to the next level. Beginning with setting up the boat, Davison takes you through your early sailing experiences and caring for your Laser. Developing your skills on all points of sailing, you will then be introduced to race tuning and racing itself. This is detailed for all three Laser rigs, including the new Mk2 Standard sail. Over 350 photographs show you exactly how it's done and 50 diagrams illustrate key boat parts, the different points of sailing and complex on-the-water scenarios with clarity. Whatever your background, your current level or the extent of your ambition, this book gives you all the tools you need to get out on the water and improve your Laser sailing.

Imperfect Passage - A Sailing Story of Vision, Terror, and Redemption (Paperback): Michael Cosgrove Imperfect Passage - A Sailing Story of Vision, Terror, and Redemption (Paperback)
Michael Cosgrove
R298 R254 Discovery Miles 2 540 Save R44 (15%) Within 7 - 15 working days

Turning sixty isn't the end; it's only the beginning.Michael Cosgrove had a beautiful family, a successful career, and a lovely Southern California home overlooking the Pacific Ocean. At age sixty, he decided to leave all that behind to sail around the world.With the vision of rugged individualism and salty tales to share with his grandchildren, Cosgrove quickly realized that sailing around the world wasn't as easy as he had imagined. From a psychotic crewmate, to sleep deprivation and mental breakdowns, to constant storms and hallucinations, Cosgrove rode the waves, trying to keep his idea of ¬ doing something grand" alive. Alone, and thousands of miles away from everyone he loved, he was forced to ask himself one question: What in God's name am I doing here?In his attempt to avoid the inevitable (growing old, weak, frail), Cosgrove runs amok. He breaks his budget to outfit the boat and then refuses to read the manuals. He enters unfamiliar harbors in the dead of night, hires a violent first mate, and sails headlong into ferocious storms. At the same time, he longs for the simpler days when his four daughters were still children, when his first marriage was still intact, and when his dreams were still within reach. Though driven by scenes of sheer terror, absurd folly, and deep inner searching, the tone is always buoyant and laugh-out-loud funny.Imperfect Passage is the story of one man's perseverance against Father Time and Mother Nature, proving that with enough will, one can indeed conquer the unconquerable.

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