LETTERS seems that in just the last two years, we're quickly upping the ante on catastrophe. David — Touché! ⇑⇓ SOLICITING SAILING INFO I've been trying to find information about circumnavigations leaving from the West Coast, going south, and then either east or west around the Capes. Would you have a book or two to recommend? Philippe Jamotte Richmond Philippe — What a wonderful question. We certainly have a few recommendations, though don't know of any "leaving from the West Coast" specific reads. There's Jimmy Cornell's World Cruising Routes and 200,000 Miles — A Life of Adventure. There's also Hal Roth's Two Against Cape Horn or After 50,000 Miles. But if we're talking about sailing and circumnavigation books, then Joshua Slocum's Sailing Alone Around the World is a must-read. There are some slightly archaic technical aspects in that book, but the story of Slocum's travels is fantastic, and remains a great read for sailors and non-sailors alike. Don't forget about Robin Knox-Johnston's A World of My Own, describing his adventures on his way to becoming the first person to sail alone, nonstop, around the world. And while we're talking about the Golden Globe, we have to mention Bernard Moitessier's The Long Way. Dedicated Latitude readers might think that we talk about Moitessier and the most famous of his five books in nearly every issue. Well, recently, that's been true! We think this speaks to Moitessier's considerable and lingering influence on both the culture and technical aspects of bluewater sailing. While it's a compelling narrative, The Long Way is also full of diagrams and nitty-gritty details that almost any sailor may find useful. These are just a few reads, and they're all worthy of your time — sailing or no. But, in the end, nothing beats time on the water.
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⇑⇓ A HA-HA CREW STORY I did the Baja Ha-Ha in 2011 aboard Rancho Relaxo, a 1971 Islander 30. The crew party was in Alameda that year, and I met a young guy named Adam Katz.
Paul Ingram and Adam Katz at Bahia Muertos. "I'm the older guy," Paul said.
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