To sail a boat is a magical, and sometimes mystical, experience. The sailor is free from the cares of life on land, entirely absorbed in the enterprise of moving a craft across the water. For the uninitiated, though, this is madness. Whatever reason can there be for willingly putting yourself at the mercy of nature's unpredictable forces, winds, waves and weather? In this captivating book, Matt Vance takes you inside the mind of the sailor, from the first scary moment of handling a boat solo to the exhilaration of sailing across oceans and discovering new worlds. His stories and those of his fellow madmen will captivate sailors young and old - and if you're a landlubber you may just find yourself yearning for the blue horizon.
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The Ginger Series
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Matt Vance is a New Zealand-based writer, artist and filmmaker specialising in quirky tales from the South Pacific, Southern Ocean and Antarctica. His stories and photographs have appeared in NZ Listener, Sunday Star-Times and Wilderness magazine. Matt has travelled extensively throughout the Pacific and has an immodest enthusiasm for his family, an old yacht named Siward and a motley collection of eccentric friends.
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How to Sail a Boat: Ginger Series Vol 13
To be on the sea is something magical. It is to be under fleeting illusion of being free and beyond the reach of the land with its attendant frustrations and pettiness. Under sail you are immediately confronted with a simple set of rules that require you to observe intently and engage your entire being in the enterprise of moving across the ocean.
Despite the enormity of this effort the sailor has little effect on the sea. The wake of a yacht is quickly zipped up behind leaving no trace of your passing. The same cannot be said of the sea's effect on the sailor. It subtly unzips you, pulling out the stuffing that has lay buried by life on the land. How to Sail a Boat is an examination of some of that stuffing, revealing things about the sailor only the sea might know.
ISBN: 9781877551857 Author: Vance Matt
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