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Short fiction in a sailing milieu. . . In these stories, characters undergo change amidst the drama of sailing, natural forces and human influence. Themes of tradition, romance and mystery, the lure of faraway and the quest for adventure are woven throughout. The illustrations, drawn in a wood-cut style, are evocative. Although intended for sailors, the general reader will enjoy and gain insight from many of the pieces. Among the contributors are established nautical writers Dan Spurr, Michael Badham, Richard Morris Dey and Marian Blue. Contributor profiles and a glossary are included.
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The editor, John Ellsworth, holds a U.S. Coast Guard master's license and a doctorate degree in communication arts. His work has appeared in SAIL, Boating, Small Boat Journal, and Our Navy magazines, as well in the books The Best of Sail Navigation (SAIL Books, 1982) and The North University Cruising Course (North Sails, 1990). He has also reviewed books for The New York Times, McGraw-Hill, and Harcourt Brace. A former quartermaster for the U.S. Navy, Ellsworth worked as an editor for Pan American Airways, a delivery skipper, and a sailing instructor. For three summers in the early 1980s, he taught sailing as an island skipper for Sail Caribbean Voyages. Ellsworth has been teaching communication arts at Nassau Community College since 1979, although his fondness for the water, writing, and photography is leading him to new ventures.
Before turning to full-time freelancing, the illustrator, Barry Rockwell, was an art director for several advertising agencies and illustrated comic books. He has created jacket art for Doubleday Books and illustrated for Newsday, a Long Island newspaper. He is known for his humorous American portraits, several of which have won awards. He recently illustrated How the Leopard Got His Spots, a new interpretation by Raintree/Steck Vaughn Publishing (1998). Rockwell has been sailing all his life. Among his ventures are eight or nine charters in the West Indies.From the Back Cover:
All of the gem-like stories gathered in this snappy sampler glint with how the water tugs at us. The material is fresh with voices that know how to grab an ear. My favorites, A Daughter of the Tradewind, Foggy Foggy Don'ts, Wreck of the Juniper, Aground, and Flo, spark of flashes of how we were, are, and might yet be. I more than enjoyed this book. --Robby Robinson, co-author of Night and Fog and Get Ahead of Your Boat, a former editor of SAIL, and a teacher of nautical science and sea literature at Tabor Academy.
Satisfying tales told with passion by those who've bonded with the sea. These adventures reflect the wondrous tapestry of life both ashore and afloat. Love the delightful surprise endings. When I got to the end, I wanted more. --Sharon Hamric, columnist for The Wichita Eagle and author of Like the Devil: The Kansas Tornadoes of April 26, 1991.
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Book Description Eighth Moon Pr, U.S.A., 1994. Soft cover. Condition: New. 1st Edition. New. First. (First Edition 1994 stated and number line starts with 1.) Could be gifted. No marks, writing or bookplate. Not a remainder or ex-library. Seller Inventory # 003138
Book Description Eighth Moon Pr, 1994. Condition: New. Barry Rockwell (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0964285304