John Vigor knows a thing or two about sailing. He’s been at it for decades in sailboats of all kinds—racing (he’s a national champion), cruising (he has tens of thousands of miles of blue-water crossings), and generally messing about (there is no place he’d rather be).
John Vigor knows a thing or two about writing as well. A journalist by trade, he was a reporter, columnist, and editor, and he’s written more than a few best-selling books about sailing.
Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Started Sailing is a gift, a blessing for sailors of all stripes, a condensation of all he has learned over the years. Aimed at sailboat owners of all kinds, this reference book contains 200 entries packed with solid practical advice and valuable tips. Each entry is categorized alphabetically and prefaced by an arresting statement, such as "People always lie about how fast their boats are." The reference format offers readers the opportunity to open the book at any page and browse endlessly. A comprehensive appendix covers some 50 technical topics.
Here’s a small taste, but look inside for the full banquet:
John Vigor emigrated to South Africa from England with his family at age thirteen. A journalist by trade and a sailor by vocation, he is author of twelve boating books and scores of articles in boating magazines on three continents. His newspaper career spanned forty years in America, England, and South Africa. In 1987 John sailed from Durban to the United States on his 30-foot sloop with his wife and their youngest son. The story of that stressful six-month voyage is recounted in his acclaimed book, Small Boat to Freedom. He is now an American citizen living in Bellingham, Washington.
...it is always interesting and very readable.
Filled with practical advice, this book is a winner.
Vigor, who's written for several boating magazines, has brought his experience and sense of humor to bear on the less than ideal experiences of sailing—and he's even alphabetized them...It's fun to page through and you just might learn a thing or two.
This book is easy to read. It imparts some very valuable information in a fun package.
This is a great reference book for those just entering the world of sailing, and entertaining.