Some good books there, thanksSailing the Dream: McGrady
500 Days; Serge Testa
My Old Man and the Sea: Hays & Hays
Sailing Promise: Alayne Main
The First Voyage of the Joshua: Moitessier
Sailing to the Reefs: Moitessier
Three Years in a 12-Foot Boat: Stephen Ladd
Maiden Voyage: Tania Aebi
Alone Against the Atlantic: Gerry Spiess
Tinkerbelle: Robert Manry
Cruising as a Way of Life: Tom Colvin
Sea Gypsy: Tangvald
Gipsy Moth Circles the World: Chichester
I received my gift of that book from a friend. He landed at D Day and was injured during operation Goodwood. Lost part of his foot and one eye in a Sherman. Owned a Nicholson 42 or 41 and was that sort of old fashioned Gentleman who we have sort of lost for ever. I used to sail with him...happy days. My most valuable book apart form the Bible.Poetry;
Other Men's Flowers, a compendium of his favourites, most of which he knew by heart - by Gen. Sir Archie Wavell.
If only one item comes into the liferaft with me after the grab-bag it'll be this.
I would second your inclusion of Eric Newby's, The Last Grain Race. It's such an evocative and compelling account of the last days of commercial sail. There's a particular passage where he describes how he was initiated into the ships crew. The climbing of the rigging to reach the Royal Yard Arm and then shinning up the Royal Mast to reach the cap at the top. The ships mate bellowing from down below. A cracking read.The Voyage of the Cap Pilar; Adrian Seligman. How - on a whim - he buys and teaches himself to sail & voyage a full sized square rigger.
No Stars to Guide, Seligman. A WW2 novel (but is it?) of smuggling a coastal tanker out of the Dardanelles and geting it to Egypt. A particular delight to anyone who knows the Turkish and esp. the Carian coast & Marmaris area well and almost too realistic not to be at least semi true.
War In The Islands; Seligman again. Compendium of true covert operations supporting the Greeks in sailing caiques in the Dodecanese in WW2. Real life swashbuckling stuff.
The Last Great Grain Race; Eric Newby
The Cruise of the Kate; E E Middleton. A mid-Victorian solo round Britain voyage.
The Master Mariner; Nicholas Monserrat. His Masterpiece; seldom has the life of a sailor been described with such accuracy and detail, all wrapped up in a most imaginative and unusual format. There are few better Sea books than this.
And of course Tristam Jones wrote a number of beautifully written tales though sadly some seem to like criticising him for publishing faction that they had imagined was biographical.