Recommended Sailing / Yachting Books

Fifty Places to Sail Before You Die: Sailing Experts Share the World’s Greatest Destinations by Chris Santella
This is the third instalment of this successful guide. In this edition Santella assembles a crew of the world’s greatest championship racers and professional adventurers and persuades them to disclose their favorite destinations around the globe.
The Annapolis Book of Seamanship by John Rousmaniere and Mark Smith
Somewhat of a sailor’s bible, with comprehensive details about the simplest to the most advanced skills and latest electronics.
The Greatest Sailing Stories Ever Told: Twenty-Seven Unforgettable Stories by Christopher Caswell
Stories of adrenaline, tears, laughter and adventure including Ernest Shackleton’s account of his daring journeys.
Sailing Fundamentals by Gary Jobson
An excellent guide for novice sailors ready to get their feet wet. This comprehensive manual helps beginners learn basic sailing and coastal cruising with step-by-step instructions for everything from hoisting the sail to docking.
Storm Tactics Handbook: Modern Methods of Heaving-To for Survival in Extreme Conditions by Lin Pardey and Larry Pardey
Modern methods of heaving-to for survival in extreme conditions.
Sailing into the Abyss: A True Story of Extreme Heroism on the High Seas by William Benedetto
Gripping stories of disasters at sea.
The Yachting Gourmet by Mary Maskal
A good recipe book to leave in the galley for the next slave with easy, quick meal ideas.
Australian Sailing Magazine
Australia’s leading sailing magazine that aims to help readers become more proficient and enjoy their sailing through instructional and practical articles.

Useful Sailing / Yachting Websites

ABC of Sailing (
Articles covering all aspects of sailing from beginner to expert level, sailing events and a sail shop. Plus a community sharing pictures and knowledge.
Go Sailing (
Useful information on getting started in sailing. Contains notes on the parts of a boat, sail, tacking and all the rules and knots.
ISAF is the governing body for the sport of sailing. This website provides information on world standings plus plenty of information for novices like assisting the disabled in the water and how to run a regatta.
Sailing Ahead (
Practical advice for your next trip, gear reviews, weather conditions, the theory of sailing or guidelines for buying, maintaining or refurbishing a boat. A little bit of everything.
Sailriders (
Sailing, windsurfing and kite surfing advice.
US Sailing (
The national governing body of sailing in the US with practical info on where to sail and learn.
Getting Started in Yacht Racing (
The how-to’s of getting started in yacht racing.
Sailing World Magazine (
Contains information on sailboat racing, equipment, tactics and techniques.