10 June 2019

Books About Sailing

It's crazy busy right now for me in the run-up to the publication of the next book in my sailing mystery series, but I wanted to take a break and share some great resources for finding sailing-related books that you might want to check out. Even if you're not a boater yourself, you'll still probably find something you enjoy whether it's a travel memoir, historical fiction, thriller, kids books etc.

Charlotte Kaufman has lists of sailing-related books broken down by age groups. If you aren't familiar with Charlotte and her family's experience losing their boat, Rebel Heart, check out this essay she wrote for HuffPost. Charlotte has written a memoir about this tragic event which I'm looking forward to reading when it's published.

Sailing Book Suggestions for Adults
Sailing Book Suggestions for Tweens & Teens
Sailing Book Suggestions for Children

Check out SisterShip Press for another great list of sailing-related books written by women, including books published by their press. The team behind this organization--Shelley Wright and Jackie Parry--are responsible the relaunch of SisterShip Magazine and the annual Women Who Sail Australia Gathering on the Bay.

SisterShip Book Club

The Boat Galley has a podcast on books for people who are getting ready to cut the dock lines and head off cruising. If you're not familiar with The Boat Galley, it's a wonderful resource about all aspects of boating. And if you don't already have a copy of The Boat Galley Cookbook, that's well worth checking out. I can't imagine cooking on our boat without it.

Best Books for Soon-To-Be Cruisers

The American Sailing Association (ASA) has a list of books about sailing voyages and adventures.

8 Great Sailing Books

If you're looking for books to do some armchair sailing during the off-season or to stock up your floating library Waterborne has you covered.

20 Sailing Books Every Sailor Should Read

Thinking about cruising? Cruising World has a list of books to read to get prepared.

Top 10 Books to Prepare You for Cruising

What have you been reading lately? If you know of any other lists of sailing-related books that you think I should add, leave a comment below with a link to it and I'll check it out.

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  1. I know nothing about sailing. Cruising a lot, but sailing nothing. We see lots of beautiful sailboats when we're cruising.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend, Ellen. ♥

    1. Sailboats do have a certain charm and look pretty out sailing.

  2. Who knew there were so many books about sailing?

    1. Fortunately there are tons so that folks have something to read when at anchor :)

  3. It's amazing how many great books there are about every topic -- it would take lifetime after lifetime to read them all!

    1. That is true - there isn't enough time to read everything.

  4. We both LOVED The Boat Who Wouldn't Float by Farley Mowat. It's about sailing an old wooded boat in 1960's Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. Fun story, gorgeous writing. The descriptions of boat yards and boating life are still surprisingly true today!

    1. That does sound interesting. I'll have to check it out.

  5. The only book I've read about sailing is Red Sails to Capri, a children's book and Newbery Award finalist from 1988.

    I definitely need to look for more books about sailing.


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