World Cruising Handbook can best be described as a nautical tourist guide. Here you will find all you need to know about the most popular cruising destinations around the world, from Australia to Antigua, Turkey to Tahiti. Or, if you prefer sailing off the beaten track, read about lonely Tristan de Cunha in the South Atlantic or the remote islands of the North Pacific Ocean. If on the other hand you're just dreaming of travelling, the colourful introduction to each country will give you a taste of what it's like to help you make up your mind where to go, while the more practical sections will tell you what to expect on arrival. Realising how much time sailors spend clearing in and out of port and how bureaucracy and restrictions can mar an otherwise pleasurable cruise, Jimmy Cornell gives this information special attention. World Cruising Handbook is the companion volume to World Cruising Routes - essential references for anyone planning a voyage anywhere in the world.
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Jimmy Cornell is the acknowledged authority on ocean cruising. In over 30 years on the water, he has sailed more than 150,000 miles in all the oceans of the world, including several circumnavigations and voyages to the Antarctica. He founded the cruising rally concept and his transatlantic and round the world rallies have enabled thousands of sailors to fulfil their dream of blue water sailing. His other books include World Cruising Routes and A Passion for the Sea, both published by Adlard Coles Nautical.From Booklist:
This is the kind of book librarians should know about, even if they do not purchase it for their libraries. Aimed primarily at the yachting and cruising community, it gives precise information on ports of entry, regulations, fees, visa or passport requirements, docking and repair facilities, and other items of interest to sailors. The coverage is the entire world, including the U.S.
Preliminary pages cover three topics: formalities, health precautions, and communications, this last dealing with ship-to-shore radio, the use of satellites for long-distance communication, and search-and-rescue operations. The remainder of the book is divided into 12 chapters, parceling out the world in maritime rather than political divisions, such as the North Pacific Islands, or the North Indian Ocean and Red Sea.
Interesting and sometimes important facts are provided for each of the nearly 200 countries or groups of islands. A paragraph summarizes the locale's present condition--rocky, fertile, forested, sparsely or thickly populated, and so on--as well as its history and present political situation, with occasional warnings, as in the case of Libya, that yachts are unwelcome. There is also a box of "Practical Information," which includes currency, business and banking hours, public holidays, local electric current, and addresses of U.S. and other diplomatic representatives in the principal city.
While some of this information about countries of the world may be found elsewhere, it is handy to have it all in one volume alongside information specifically for sailors. In communities on the eastern, southern, and western coasts where boating is common, this book ought to be in public libraries.
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