Mariners’ Minutes...Tips and Tidbits from Our Library
Cut and Run . . . (hasty departure)
This expression dates back to the days of square-rigged sailing ships when, on occasion, the urgent need to get under way could be anticipated. In preparation, sails were secured to the yards with light ropeyarn that could be cut to let the canvas fall quickly, thus enabling the ship to sail at once. Figuratively, one cuts and runs when making an unceremonious and hasty departure.
--From When a Loose Cannon Flogs a Dead Horse There's the Devil to Pay/Isil
Relive the excitement of Oracle USA's amazing comeback to defend the America's Cup. Learn how the incredible AC72s foil, how designers and sailors alike learned to sail them, and how the two capsizes--one leading to the loss of sailor Andrew Simpson--combined to make this a Cup like no other.
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Veteran Sailor Tom Lochhaas reveals through riveting stories, the real ways sailors come to grief. The truth will surprise and educate you.
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Nigel Calder has done it again--this update of How to Read a Nautical Chart tells you ALL you need to know to understand and use paper and electronic charts to keep you safe and off the rocks. Full color.
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Captain Robert Beebe's Voyaging Under Power is back, updated by Denis Umstot and now available to help you plan that transatlantic trip or circumnavigation in your powerboat.