Small Boats, Big Ocean

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Rid­ing the Wild Ocean: Around Cape Cod in a Small Sloop and Other Ad­ven­tures be­gins as the au­thor and a friend nav­i­gate Mas­sachusetts’ treach­er­ous Stone Horse Shoal in a blow, and ends with an al­most the­atri­cal broach in Block Is­land Sound— all in sail­boats less than 20 feet in length. The book is a life­long ac­count of Paul S. Krantz Jr.’s ad­ven­tures from Cape Cod to Florida’s Dry Tor­tu­gas. It’s in­tended to be a man­ual for sailors plan­ning an open-ocean voy­age in a small ves­sel, and it in­cludes how-to’s about equip­ping a boat for ad­verse weather, sail­ing dur­ing day and night, and gain­ing con­fi­dence in a va­ri­ety of sea con­di­tions. Trop­i­cal Storm Hanna makes an ap­pear­ance dur­ing a race to Province­town, Mas­sachusetts. And in an­other chap­ter Pol­lock Bar and Chatham Rip near Chatham, Mas­sachusetts, also make the au­thor’s life very dif­fi­cult. ($22, The His­tory Press)

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