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Have You Checked Out the BYC Library?

Have you been upstairs at BYC lately? With four cartons of books recently donated anonymously, the library has probably expanded from when you last took a peek. They required some shelf space expansion and reorganization of some categories to handle the overflow.

The new additions include several books in the maritime disaster category, so now there’s a whole shelf of the “What could Possibly go Wrong?” sea story genre, most of them true.

Fortunately, donated book collections always include a healthy dose of books we already have, so there are some nice additions to the “25-cent Library Duplicates” shelf in the downstairs lobby.

These include some classics, such as:

Sailing Alone Around the World, by Joshua Slocum. The first known solo circumnavigation, 1895-1898. Belongs on every sailor’s bookshelf. (But remember, he was getting paid by the word...)

The Strange Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst. An analysis of a one-way trip around the world that never left the South Atlantic. Crowhurst has a posthumous cult following and figures prominently in most nautical trivia competitions.

Heavy Weather Sailing, by Adlard Coles. A classic on the subject, and a lot of it is still good advice. It belongs on your bookshelf.

There are a few more duplicate books by the elites of long-distance cruising and racing up for grabs: Francis Chichester, Eric Hiscock, Lin and Larry Pardey. Plus Steven Callahan’s modern liferaft survival story, Adrift. I read this one just before sailing in the Singlehanded Transpac, and it was full of good info that informed what safety and survival gear I brought (like more fish hooks!)

Also of interest is a Bowditch for Yachtsmen: Piloting, a subset of the American Practical Navigator. Coastal piloting, pre-GPS, is actually a lot more complex than celestial, in my humble opinion. This is a very thorough treatment.

We also have three copies of Latitude Hooks and Azimuth Rings to unload, a book of instructions for building your own modern and ancient navigation instruments. Learn how a backstaff works. (I ordered one copy from Amazon but they sent me five...)

More contributions to the library are always welcome. If we already have a copy, it will keep the downstairs duplicates shelf well stocked.

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