THE CRUIS­ING ALMANAC 2019

Yachting Monthly - - BOOK CLUB -

Im­ray

The CA Almanac does what it says on the la­bel. It cov­ers the coast of North West Europe from Ber­gen to Gi­bral­tar; the Bri­tish Isles, and in­cludes a few tempt­ing pages that might en­cour­age ex­plo­ration of the grow­ing net­work of Euro­pean in­land water­ways. Ex­tra­ne­ous in­for­ma­tion is kept to a min­i­mum; there is no ad­ver­tis­ing (ex­cept for Im­ray’s linked pub­li­ca­tions) and tide ta­bles are in a user-friendly sep­a­rate vol­ume. The graph­ics are ex­cel­lent – though dim-eyed read­ers might want to com­ment on the ti­dal stream chartlets. At the heart of this almanac is the hu­man voice: the con­trib­u­tors for each area who ex­plain why one might want to visit a lo­ca­tion and what might be a good route on­wards. Ex­pe­ri­enced, es­sen­tial guid­ance.

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