SHAKE­DOWN CRUISE

SAIL - - Cruising Undersail -

Nigel Calder Ad­lard Coles, $25 Few sail­ing writ­ers are as knowl­edge­able or as ad­ven­tur­ous as Nigel Calder, SAIL’s long­time technical guru. Never afraid to stick his boat’s bow where oth­ers fear to ven­ture, Calder has earned his stripes as a cruis­ing guide au­thor as well as a sys­tems ex­pert. If you’re ever lucky enough to spend cock­tail hour with him, you’ll hear some tales that beg­gar be­lief—but they’ll all be true. Shake­down Cruise is a sort of pot­ted au­to­bi­og­ra­phy in which the au­thor of the Boa­towner’s Me­chan­i­cal and Elec­tri­cal Hand­book re­lates the sto­ries of his ear­li­est cruis­ing ad­ven­tures and mis­ad­ven­tures. From be­ing run down by a freighter in the North Sea to close en­coun­ters with sand­banks of all kinds, this col­lec­tion of anec­dotes and sage ad­vice is an en­gag­ing and ed­u­ca­tional read.— PN

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