John Rousmaniere The Annapolis Book of Seamanship, my instructional book (named for one of the great centers of sailing), is right up there. I’ve put more than 10 years of my life into that book in all its editions, the fourth of which was recently published by Simon & Schuster. The challenge is to be thorough, technically accurate, clear, and also personable, all at once. I have a brilliant collaborator in Mark Smith, who did the illustrations and design. It also has helped that I have been quite active in the safety-at-sea training movement that arose after the 1979 Fastnet Race storm, in which I sailed and about which I wrote
another of my favorites, Fastnet, Force 10. I spoke at the first post-Fastnet safety seminar, at the Naval Academy in January 1980. All those safety seminars that I moderated and spoke at across the country kept me in touch with the needs and fears of average sailors.
At Historic Linchester Mill
You describe your life as a bluewater sailor as “avoiding complacency.” Can you tell me more about that? As a writer, you are known for documenting some of the most well-known yachts and sailing races, as well as promoting safety at sea. Were you advising sailors of the Chesapeake Bay on some of the most important lessons you have learned, what would they be? I suppose that the most important lesson for any sailor is “Never
Tandem Antiques has relocated to Preston, MD. (12 Miles from Easton)
Come visit us and tour the 17 acres & Historic Linchester Mill Museum Thurs.-Sat. 10-5 pm & Sun. 11-4 pm 3395 Linchester Rd. Preston 410-829-3559 www.tandemantiqueseaston.com 46
Tidewater Times June 2017