Category Archives: Book Reviews

First Jules Verne Record of 79 Days

Around the World of Cam Lewis The record for sailing around the world non-stop has now been reduced to a stunning 45 days in 2012, and it’s getting hard to remember that just 20 years ago, a multihull voyage to … Continue reading

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Book Review: Going the Distance with George Thomas

How a RAAM Rider Overcame Huge Obstacles America has succeeded in exporting its entertainment culture all over the world, but hasn’t been nearly as successful with its home-grown sports. Basketball is popular in Italy, baseball in Japan, football in Canada, … Continue reading

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1996: Sailing Back In Time by Maria Coffey

Cruising the B.C. Coast with the Farrells on China Cloud  by P.M. In a literary market awash with regional memoirs and local biographies, Maria Coffey has produced a work so unique it overflows these categories. Ostensibly, it is about “yachting,” … Continue reading

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2011: The Nomadic Nautical Life of Allen and Sharie Farrell

Introduction: Allen Farrell spent 69 years building over 40 wooden boats on the coast of British Columbia, Canada. With his wife Sharie, he lived for almost 50 years aboard many of their handmade vessels or homesteading on the coast, continually … Continue reading

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1941: Tango–last American windjammer to round the Horn

“Tango Around the Horn” by Larry Barber (book for sale $14 p.p.) The first American settlers on the west coast arrived on the Columbia River in 1811 by sailing ship. They came via the toughest sea route in the world–westabout … Continue reading

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The Yellow Jersey–book review by Peter Marsh

A Saddlebag’s worth of  Cycling, Success and Sex Back at the height of summer, I re-told the story of Tommy Simpson, the Englishman who died trying to capture the yellow jersey in the Tour de France. Now I’ve met another … Continue reading

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Everest ’96 Produces an Avalanche of Books

A satirical view of the Everest Cult           by Peter Marsh So you think Everest is getting crowded? You should have seen the book-signing line when David Breashears came to Portland! The man who shot the IMAX Everest film was on … Continue reading

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