Author(s): Vanessa Bird
Most yachtsmen dream about cruising to an exotic destination; this is the book that will turn dreamers into planners. 24 classic cruises are fully mapped, measured and costed, showing how they are perfectly possible whatever your skill level. From weekend cruises around the British Isles to a voyage to Antarctica, and from Greek island cruises to an escape to the Virgin Islands, this book explores where to go, why, how to get there and what to expect en route. The book breaks down each cruise into important considerations, such as what type of boat is needed, what level of skill or qualifications are required, whether it is a suitable journey to undertake with a young family, what possible dangers might influence any decision (from extreme weather to the threat of piracy), and most obviously, cost. Covering popular, exotic cruising destinations such as Thailand and the Virgin Islands, as well as unexpected, almost secret routes along the US Intracoastal Waterway and French canals, as well as proper adventures (including both Atlantic and Pacific crossings), this inspirational may be the starting point for the voyage of a lifetime.
In this book 24 classic cruises (around the south of France, Greece, Caribbean islands, Thailand and more) are fully mapped, measured and costed to enable cruisers to plan and achieve their dream cruises.
Vanessa Bird has been sailing since the age of 10. She has written for Classic Boat and Yachting Monthly and was associate producer/researcher for a 15-part documentary series on traditional boats for the Discovery Channel in 2003. Out of the office, Vanessa sails a 1933 Scottish lugger out of Chichester Harbour, with her boatbuilder partner Nick Gates and two small children, Freddie and Daisy.
Introduction NORTHERN EUROPE Voyage 1 Scotland, The Western Isles Voyage 2 Norway, The Lofoten and Vesteralen Islands Voyage 3 Sweden, The Stockholm Archipelago Voyage 4 Finland, The Aland Archipelago and Helsinki Voyage 5 England, The Scilly Isles SOUTHERN EUROPE Voyage 6 France, The Inland Waterways Voyage 7 France, The Cote d'Azur Voyage 8 Spain, The Northwest Coast Voyage 9 Italy, Sicily and its Islands Voyage 10 Croatia, The Dalmation Coast Voyage 11 Greece. The Ionian Islands Voyage 12 Turkey. The Aegean Coast THE ATLANTIC Voyage 13 The Atlantic Ocean, Transatlantic Crossing NORTH AMERICA Voyage 14 The Caribbean, St Vincent and the Grenadines Voyage 15 The Caribbean, The British Virgin Islands Voyage 16 Mexico, The Sea of Cortez Voyage 17 United States, The San Juan Islands Voyage 18 United States, The Intracoastal Waterway Voyage 19 Canada, Lake Huron SOUTH-EAST ASIA Voyage 20 Thailand, Phuket and Phang Nga Bay THE INDIAN OCEAN Voyage 21 The Indian Ocean, The Seychelles AUSTRALASIA Voyage 22 New Zealand. Auckland and the Bay of Islands Voyage 23 Australia, The Whitsunday Islands THE PACIFIC Voyage 24 The Pacific Ocean, The Cook Islands IF YOU WANT A CHALLENGE Resources Further reading Index Acknowledgements