Cruising books and guides

In preparation of our departure date for our world cruise at the beginning of January 2015, I have been buying some cruising books and guides. We plan to briefly stop over at St. Helena Island for a few days, check out my long deceased buddy Napoleon and then to proceed to Brazil. This is a vast country with a huge coastline and as yet, I'm not sure where we will be headed. Hopefully once we read the guidebooks we will know where to go. One thing is for sure though, there is no way in hell that we are going to miss the carnival in Rio de Janeiro! It will certainly be quite a spectacle to see me swinging my fat arse and bulging stomach around. Hell, if those oiled dancers in their fancy costumes can do it, so will I! But will be a story for another time.

But back to the books. I ordered these 5 books from at a total cost of ZAR4400 (£220 UK). Damn, the South African currency is now worth shit and getting worse by the day! Cry

The author, a Frenchman, sailed his 47-footer, Izarra, across the Atlantic, with the intention of spending just a short while in Brazil ­ and simply stayed on, and on, for several years, sailing from port to port, anchorage to anchorage, and island to island, gathering experience and knowledge. So, he knows the Brazilian coast better than most, all 3000 plus miles of it, and he does for that part of the world what the likes of Rod Heikell have done for the Mediterranean or Caribbean, with their well-researched, comprehensive guides. His format is similar to other books of the guide nature, leading off with general information, which includes a history of Brazil, its geography, flora and fauna, language, religion, health, safety, cuisine, customs and formalities.

Then he divides the country into states, providing interesting information on each place, and vital practical advice on navigation, and how to make your stay as enjoyable and hassle-free as possible. It is the first guide I have seen devoted exclusively to Brazil, and it will no doubt be well received in South Africa, whose maritime ties with the South American country go back a long way. It is the perfect book for anyone thinking of doing the Rio race, or going cruising on the other side of the Atlantic. And if you are still undecided about taking the plunge, the superb colour pics in this publication will surely give you a decisive 'shove'.
  Long established as the bible for long-distance cruisers and a bestseller for more than 25 years, World Cruising Routes is the indispensable planning guide to nearly 1,000 sailing routes covering all the oceans of the world from the tropical South Seas to the high latitudes of the Arctic and Antarctic, geared specifically to the needs of cruising sailors. It contains information on the winds, currents, regional and seasonal weather, as well as suggestions about optimum times for individual routes.

The 7th edition assesses the effects of global warming on cruising routes and provides over 6,000 waypoints to assist skippers in planning individual routes. It is the perfect one-stop reference for planning a cruise anywhere in the world. 'The most important book for long-distance voyagers to come along in decades.' Cruising World
  Jimmy Cornell is the undisputed authority on long distance voyaging. In his new book, he helps the would-be voyager plan their trip step by step. Aimed at those seriously contemplating an extended cruise (and those dreaming about the possibility), this book will give an idea of what is involved in developing the right strategy. Amongst many other aspects, Jimmy looks at:

- World weather systems
- Strategies for sailing long or short circuits in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans
- The pros and cons of different routes at different times of year (taking into account weather, timings, wind directions and strengths, likelihood of fog, icebergs, gales, etc)
- The pros and cons, attractions and dangers of different routes (such as the problem of piracy)
- Practicalities (repair facilities, common gear breakage on extended voyages, places to leave the boat to fly home if necessary, health considerations, provisioning for a long trip, personal safety measures, and much more)
- Jimmy's top ten list of common things that ruin a voyage

Written from an international point of view, Jimmy Cornell's World Voyage Planner can help sailors from any country going to any other to achieve a safe and enjoyable cruise.
  'What Jimmy Cornell doesn't know about cruising isn't worth knowing' - Yachting World. One of the most influential cruising yachtsmen writing today, Jimmy Cornell has sailed over 200,000 miles on all the oceans of the world, including three circumnavigations and voyages to the Arctic and Antarctic. His successful guide to sailing around the world, World Cruising Routes, has helped many aspirational voyagers turn their dreams into reality and follow in his footsteps. This substantial new handbook profiles every cruising destination in the world and is intended as a partner to Cornell's bestselling World Cruising Routes.

Every destination is detailed comprehensively, with information on cruising attractions, history, culture, climate(including average monthly temperatures and rainfall, plus tropical storm seasons), local laws, regulations and formalities, facilities available, plus public holidays and events, emergency telephone numbers, and much more. Lavishly illustrated throughout, it is not only a must-have onboard reference work for long distance sailors, but will undoubtedly inspire the adventurous to sail where they have never sailed before.
  Cornell's Ocean Atlas is an atlas of 129 up-to-date pilot charts aimed at sailors planning offshore voyages. The charts in Cornell's Ocean Atlas are based on the most recent weather data gathered by meteorological satellites over the last twenty years. This new data highlights the changes that have occurred in weather conditions throughout the world as opposed to the pilot charts that are still in circulation but have not been updated for many years. Sixty monthly pilot charts of all oceans for the world show wind speed and direction, current speed and direction, approximate extent of the Intertropical Convergence Zone, the most common tracks of tropical storms, and the mean location of high pressure cells for each hemisphere.

Sixty-nine detailed charts of the most commonly sailed transoceanic routes make it easier for cruising sailors to plan a route that takes best advantage of the prevailing weather conditions at that time of year. Sidebars with tactical suggestions have been added to the months when most passages are undertaken. The comments and tips on tactics, as well as weather overviews for each ocean, were contributed by meteorologists and routers specializing in those oceanic areas.
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