Skipper Jake’s Bunkside Reading

March 1, 2021

Here’s a selection of some of Skipper Jake’s bunk side reading that will support you through your Yachtmaster, Dayskipper and Essential Navigation courses. They should all be available from major booksellers. Reading about sailing is so important for anyone starting out on an adventure on the water. It helps build experience and confidence as well as entertaining.

I’ll update our selection every so often, and hope that I give you some inspiration to learn from other’s experience. It has worked well for me!

THE BEST OF SAIL TRIM

This is an anthology of some of the best articles from the authoritative SAIL magazine in USA. Written by leading experts in the yacht design and racing fields it is a treasure trove of what we need to know to get the best out of our power source – our sails.

CRUISING UNDER SAIL by Eric Hiscock

Eric and Susan Hiscock were some of the earliest world cruising sailors. There are several books on their boats which are a treasure trove of hints and tips. The Yarmouth IOW lifeboat is named after them, and their books give a masterclass in voyaging far.

HEAVY WEATHER SAILING

Originally written some years ago by Adlard Coles, this new edition recently updated and edited by racing Yachtsman Peter Bruce. No serous yachtsman should miss this book. Helps build up experience and awareness. An essential read.

SAILING ALONE AROUND THE WORLD by Joshua Slocum.

In 1898 he started a 3 year voyage in a small boat, and was the first person to sail alone around the world. This is inspirational stuff, all done in an age before any GPS or weather forecasts. Amazing.

VOYAGES OF A SIMPLE SAILOR by Roger D Taylor.

After a disastrous voyage in a large sailing ship, Roger decided only to go ocean sailing on his own, in a small vessel. Shows what can be done with minimal resources.


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