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Working Sail - A Life in Wooden Boats

By Boat Builder Luke Powell

A beautiful, large format (240 x 256 mms) volume of 240 pages, casebound and jacketed, illustrated throughout with over 300 photographs, diagrams and plans.

Over 230 pages full of photographs, historic and modern, paintings, line drawings and the story of boat builder Luke Powell as he creates 8 new wooden pilot cutters, intertwinned with the remarkable history of pilot cutters in the Isles of Scilly and West Country.
"Over the last 20 years Luke Powell has almost single-handedly pioneered a revival in the building of traditional pilot cutters in Great Britain. A book celebrating his influence on boat building is long overdue." Dovecote Press 2012
Price £30 plus postage

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The Lure of Antarctica

Classic Sailing’s director Debbie Purser sailed on th
e same epic 5500 mile voyage as professional photographer Thijs Heslenfeld when he was preparing images for this unusual view of Antarctica, South Georgia and the wild Southern Ocean.  The view is as seen and experienced from a 1912 three masted sailing ship Bark Europa. If you want to find out even more about the places the ship typically visits and life on board then ring Debbie at Classic Sailing and she can tell you from first hand experience.

Bark Europa: Square Rigger Amongst the Ice

What he captured was more than a ‘coffee table’ book of full page images of a pristine wilderness. His book Coldillustrates the reality of an adventure that you can still experience as working ships crew (22 day Antarctic adventure sailing expeditions in 2009 and 2010 from Classic Sailing) – on a vessel that puts you in touch with the achievements of polar explorers like Shackleton - in a wilderness setting that will mark you emotionally for life. Get close to the real Antarctica.

BOOK REVIEW – Wanderlust Magazine

“Anyone who has been to Antarctica always says how hard it is to describe its mysticism and harsh beauty to others….I’ve seen more than my fair share of 
(admittedly beautiful) books filled with posing penguins and cracked ice sheets. This book has those too, but Dutch photographer Thijs Heslenfeld has succeeded where I feel others have failed.

Cold the Book  - Sold Out


Sextant: A Voyage Guided by the Stars and the Men Who Mapped the World's Oceans


Straight from the author: "all about the history of celestial navigation, exploration and cartography, and full of exciting seagoing stories!"

In the tradition of Dava Sobel's ‘Longitude’ comes sailing expert David Barrie's compelling and dramatic tale of invention and discovery – an eloquent elegy to one of the most important navigational instruments ever created, and the daring mariners who used it to explore, conquer, and map the world.


View the book and buy it online through Amazon here. 




RYA logbooks, handbooks, and recommended books for sale on line hereRYA PUBLICATIONS - Home Learning topics from weather to navigation

We offer the full range of RYA publications that you can order and buy on line from our shop. Many book titles will be perfect for pre course swot up before you sail. Others will help you cement your knowledge gained on our ships. Dont forget we also have distance learning RYA theory courses which you can buy on line - with access to a tutor. 

BUY RYA BOOKS & TRAINING PUBLICATIONS Enter the on line library and buy.....


Antarctic Peninsula Map for SaleMAPS - Chart your voyage

If you are visiting Antarctica or South Georgia and you want to chart the ships progress on your own British Antarctic Survey Chart then we these two areas covered and the whole Weddell and Scotia Sea.

Obviously we hope you are sailing on tall ships Europa, Oosterschelde or Lord Nelson, but we don't mind if you buy one for your granny when she sets 'sail' to the Great White Continent on a cruise ship.                    BUY CHARTS - see map coverage, details and prices.....


Photo from 'Cold' - 240 page Book with English text by Dutch Photographer Thjis Helsenfeld

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