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Watersports Books

  • More Power

    Hugh Matheson

    Product Code: MREP
    Hardback
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    Jurgen Grobler, one of Britain's most esteemed sporting coaches and the mastermind behind many Olympic rowing successes, has remained largely out of the spotlight throughout his life.

    This biography, written by Olympic medallist Hugh Matheson and rowing historian Christopher Dodd, looks at the ways in which he has inspired Britain's rowing teams so so many Gold medals.

    Grobler has worked with athletes including Sir Steve Redgrave, Sir Matthew Pinsent and James Cracknell over the years and won Gold in a range of boat classes. This book looks over his career - from his early years in the German Democratic Republic to the fall of the Berlin Wall and then a move to Britain in pursuit of rowing greatness.
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  • A World of My Own

    Robin Knox-Johnston

    Product Code: CDBIR
    Paperback
    On Friday 14 June 1968 Suhaili, a tiny ketch, slipped almost unnoticed out of Falmouth harbour steered by the solitary figure at her helm, Robin Knox-Johnston. Ten and a half months later Suhaili, paintwork peeling and rust streaked, her once white sails weathered and brown, her self-steering gone, her tiller arm jury rigged to the rudder head, came romping joyously back to Falmouth to a fantastic reception for Robin, who had become the first man to sail round the world non-stop single-handed. By every standard it was an incredible adventure, perhaps the last great uncomputerised journey left to man. Every hazard, every temptation to abandon the astounding voyage came Robin's way, from polluted water tanks, smashed cabin top and collapsed boom to lost self-steering gear and sheered off tiller, and all before the tiny ketch had fought her way to Cape Horn, the point of no return, the fearsome test of any seaman's nerve and determination. A World of My Own is Robin's gripping, uninhibited, moving account of one of the greatest sea adventures of our time. An instant bestseller, it is now reissued for a new generation of readers to be enthralled and inspired.
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  • Fifty Places to Surf Before You Die

    Chris Santella

    Product Code: BWIYZ
    Hardback
    Fifty Places to Surf Before You Die is a beautifully illustrated guide to the most thrilling surfing destinations in the world. Covering quintessential beaches, including: Oahu's North Shore; Australia's Gold Coast; and of course, Malibu, California, the book also invites you to discover such unexpected gems as the Amazon and the Gulf of Alaska. From the frigid waters off Iceland's Reykjanes Peninsula to Nazare, Portugal, where in 2013 Garrett McNamara broke a world record for surfing the tallest wave (78 feet!), Fifty Places to Surf takes readers on a wide-roving adventure, divulging the details that make each venue unique-and plenty of tips for those who aspire to surf there. Featuring interviews with seasoned surfing experts such as pro surfer Joel Parkinson and Billabong executive Shannan North, Fifty Places to Surf Before You Die is an essential travel companion for surfers of all levels who are looking to catch that perfect wave.
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  • Navigation Companion Second edition

    Tim Davison

    Product Code: BUPTA
    Paperback
    A compact, handy summary of the key things you need to know about navigation at sea: the perfect quick reference guide to keep onboard. The book covers all the navigation essentials: charts, compass, tides, standard and secondary ports, dead reckoning, estimated position, course to steer, lights, GPS, waypoints and buoyage in a highly illustrated format making it easy to understand at a glance - ideal for those moments when you need an answer, and you need it fast! Splash-proof and spiral bound, this little companion stands up to frequent use and serves as a great aide-memoire.
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  • Swimming Science

    Dr. John G. Mullen

    Product Code: BMGPI
    Hardback
    Just one hundredth of a second separates elite swimmers from the podium, but what are the physical forces at work behind these tiny margins, and how can an understanding of them be used to improve your own technique in the pool? Swimming Science investigates, with each chapter focussing on a different area. From swimming technology, physiology, and psychology to hydrodynamics, the key principles of swimming science are addressed, with the content organised around a series of questions. What creates the drag in the water? How have swim suits evolved? Which muscles generate propulsion? How much force do elite swimmers use? Each question is investigated using up-to-date science and explanatory info-graphics.
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  • Emergency Navigation

    David Burch

    Product Code: BIXTC
    Paperback
    Find Your Way at Sea, No Matter What "Inherently interesting and fun to read ...provides the clearest understanding of general navigation principles we've seen yet."--BoatU.S. "Thorough and authoritative."--Sea Kayaker "A definitive work of instant appeal to seamen of all levels of experience."--The Navigation Foundation Every sailor knows that instruments can fail. Things get wet, break, fall overboard. Whether you're safe on your boat or drifting in a life raft, let David Burch show you how to find your way no matter what navigational equipment you have. Often relying on common materials like a small stick, a plastic bottle, even a pair of sunglasses, Burch explains how to make use of all available means--from the ancient skills of Polynesian navigators to the contrails of airliners overhead--to calculate speed, direction, latitude, and longitude and to perform all aspects of piloting and dead reckoning. Learn how to Steer by sun, stars, wind, and swells Estimate current and leeway Improvise your own knotmeter or plumb-bob sextant Find the sun in a fogbank Estimate latitude with a plate and a knotted string And more vital information
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  • Swimming

    Roger Deakin

    Product Code: BCVTK
    Paperback
    Is there anything quite so exhilarating as swimming in wild water? This is Roger Deakin's swimming tour of Britain, a frog's-eye view of the country's best bathing holes - the rivers, rock pools, lakes, ponds lochs and sea that define this watery island. Charming, funny, inspiring, an assertion of the native swimmer's right to roam, a celebration of the magic of water - this book will indeed make you want to strip off and leap in. Selected from the book Waterlog by Roger Deakin VINTAGE MINIS: GREAT MINDS. BIG IDEAS. LITTLE BOOKS. Also in the Vintage Minis series: Eating by Nigella Lawson Liberty by Virginia Woolf Summer by Laurie Lee Desire by Haruki Murakami.
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  • The Canals of Britain

    Stuart Fisher

    Product Code: AWNYV
    Paperback
    Canals of Britain is a comprehensive and absorbing survey of the canal network of the British Isles - the first of its kind. It provides a fascinating insight into the linked up waterways as well as the isolated cuts and quiet waters which may not be fully navigable by larger craft. Infinitely varied, it passes picturesque open countryside, wild moorland, coastal harbours, historic industrial buildings, modern city centres, canalside public houses and abundant wildlife. Stuart Fisher looks at every aspect of the canals - their construction, rich history, stunning scenery, heritage, incredible engineering, impressive architecture and even their associated folklore, wildlife and art. Enticing photographs give a flavour of each place and places of interest close to the canals are included. For those who are keen to explore that little bit further, taking smaller boats to points beyond which others usually turn back, there is information on little-known parts of the system, offering a new insight into this country's unique, surprising and beautiful canal network. Attractive, inspiring and foremost a practical guide, this has proved very popular with canal enthusiasts and boaters wanting to get the most out of Britain's canals. This third edition has been revised to reflect the ever-changing landscape of Britain's canals, and includes many new colour photographs to help bring it to life.
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  • Mindfulness and Surfing

    Sam Bleakley

    Product Code: AYWDL
    Hardback
    Mindfulness and Surfing casts a fresh perspective on this popular sport, and explores how riding the waves can be the ultimate meditation. Engaging author Sam Bleakley takes us on a soulful journey across the tideline of his personal and philosophical travels. Through lunar cycles and river surfing to the Taoism of nature, he reveals an acute awareness of what the oceans can tell us about our place in the natural world. Meditating on one of nature' s greatest elements - its salty swells, flow and peaks - he shares life lessons in mindfulness that will be relished by surfer and non-surfer alike.
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  • The Ribbons are for Fearlessness

    Catrina Davies

    Product Code: BAZOV
    Paperback
    'Fearlessness has got nothing to do with being unafraid. It's about doing things anyway, getting on with it, living, whether you're afraid or not...Courage is about being who you are with your whole heart.' Fuzzy-haired, neurotic, cello-playing Catrina is devastated when lover, Jack, leaves her to go surfing on the other side of the world. Trapped in a dead-end job and torn by his departure, Catrina dreams of running away. But how do you run away when you're flat broke? Luckily, her friend Andrew comes up with a plan: they'll get an old van, turn it into a camper and busk their way from Norway to Portugal, via the midnight sun. When Andrew is killed in a tragic accident Catrina decides to go it alone, with disastrous consequences. Until her experiences on the road gradually teach her the real meaning of love, courage and above all else, the importance of following her dreams.
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  • Waterproof Notebook

    Wiley

    Product Code: AHQBY
    Paperback
    Suitable for most writing tools. For multiple use, a pencil and rubber are recommended.
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  • Imray

    David Edwards-May

    Product Code: CCQBE
    Paperback
    First published in the 1950s under the editorship of EE Benest and later Konrad Nussbaum, the Imray map of the French inland waterway system has always been regarded as the essential reference for planning a visit to France by boat. It is now superseded by this completely recompiled and redrawn edition by David Edwards-May, the leading authority on World canals and waterways. The new cartography includes improved detail and presents essential information concerning distances and dimensions with a greater clarity than on previous editions. The map continues to cover the Low Countries and the western part of Germany and now also includes large scale insets of the Paris region and northeast France. The scale remains at 1:1 500 000
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  • Imray Chart Y39

    Imray

    Product Code: CCPXA
    Other
    Salterns Marina (1:10 000) Moriconium Quay & Lake Yard Marina (1:3000) Continuation of Studland Bay (1:20 000) Poole Harbour West (1:20 000)
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  • The Diver's Tale

    Nick Lyon

    Product Code: CCOZE
    Paperback
    Britain is an island nation so, unsurprisingly, scuba diving is a popular British pastime enjoyed by some 50,000 keen participants and just as many of the armchair variety. A carefully-structured programme of training ensures that the British diver is well--prepared for the challenging conditions which may be encountered beneath our seas. Or does it? How many trainee divers were taught about the perils of high-speed testicular trauma during descent? Or the dangers of having sex in a tent with a deaf person? Why bacon should be in your first aid kit. How to build a space shuttle using salvaged ammunition? Or why the name Valerie is so very special? During a 40 year plus odyssey through the strange and exotic world of British diving, Nick Lyon and his disparate collection of buddies have answered all these questions from personal experience, and many more besides. It may not be pretty, it may not be painless but to those in the know, it's real British diving. This is not a diving manual - quite the opposite. How not to do it, why not to do it, when not to do it and who not to do it with. Amusing, frequently embarrassing, often unpleasant and occasionally tragic, the book plunges into the world of the real British diver!
  • Monkeying Around at Sea

    Angela Coe

    Product Code: CCNMM
    Paperback
    Monkeying Around at Sea follows Angela Coe's two-year voyage from Singapore to Spain in a Ferro cement boat named Sandpiper. Travelling alongside her husband, Bobby, a monkey called Pixie and her cat, Bob-tail, Angela embarks on an incredible adventure with no previous experience of sailing. Disasters start from day one when, still at anchor, Pixie goes overboard and is thought to be lost. Bobby, the Captain, ends up in a hospital with a dislocated shoulder and when they finally set sail, they end up on a sandbank. Their aim is to sail to England, but their plan to go around the cape soon becomes a perilous quest to brave the Red Sea... While tragedies occur almost daily as they battle with life at sea, living aboard Sandpiper also has its lighter moments. Pixie keeps them on their toes and every new port brings fascinating places and people.
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  • Imray Chart M46

    Imray

    Product Code: CCMET
    Other
    Plans included: Approaches to Ponza (1:10 000) Approaches to Porto d'Ischia (1:10 000) Approaches to Sorrento (1:30 000) Approaches to Marina Grande (Capri) (1:25 000)
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  • Children of the Tide

    Nik Zanella

    Product Code: CCJIM
    Paperback
    This is the radical journey of an Italian surf punk studying Chinese in the late 1980s, fuelling surf adventures in the 1990s through work as a Mandarin interpreter., running Surf News magazine in the 2000s, tackling the Silver Dragon river bore in 2007, and then moving the so-called 'Peoples Republic of Empty Waves' to explore the virgin breaks and the surf development of China. Along the way, Nik discovers an untold history of wave riding in dynastic culture. How do the breathing techniques of Daoism, the flow of calligraphy and the pragmatic values of Confucianism relate to the art of wave riding? Strangely, and quite brilliantly, this happens in the oldest continuous civilisation in the world over 1200 years ago.
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  • Imray Chart E4

    Imray

    Product Code: CCIDE
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    Plans included: Porto Novo (Ilha de Santo Antao) (1:10 000) Mindelo (Porto Grande) (Ilha de Sao Vicente) (1:20 000) Ilha de Santa Luzia (1:not known) Porto de Tarrafal (Ilha de Sao Nicolau) (1:8500) Porto da Preguica (Ilha de Sao Nicolau) (1:8500) Baia da Palmeira (Ilha do Sal) (1:15 000) Porto de Sal-Rei (Ilha da Boavista) (1:30 000) Porto da Praia (Ilha de Santiago) (1:22 000) Cavaleiros (Ilha do Fogo) (1:10 000) Porto da Furna (Ilha Brava) (1:10 000)
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  • Sailing with the Admiral

    Martin O'Scannall

    Product Code: CCHZA
    Paperback
    Martin O'Scannall loves the old, the eccentric, the offbeat - the quirky if you like; the wandering off into byways, the exploration of half-forgotten snippets of history. And Galicia, his home for the past decade or more, is ideal territory for indulging that taste. Galicia is a time warp: rain-swept, isolated, savage and gentle by turns, as far a cry from the blazing Costas as it is possible to imagine. This book is a conversation with the past, conducted in a very old, engineless gaff cutter, armed with the Admiralty Pilot, a gallant crew, and a sense of the ridiculous. We encounter, but in unexpected ways, the likes of Drake, Nelson, the ill-fated HMS Serpent, Celtic myth and legend, and the reminiscences of those who have gone before, all interspersed with the business of managing an old yacht in the old way: Walker log, paper charts and all. Beginning, as he says it has to be, with the dreaded storm at sea.
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  • Imray Chart C36

    Imray

    Product Code: CCHDR
    Other
    Plans included: Baie de Lampaul (Ouessant) (1:30 000) Port du Conquet (1:20 000) Port de Brest & Marina du Moulin Blanc (1:30 000) Marina du Moulin Blanc (1:9000) L'Elorn - Continuation to Landerneau (1:80 000) Port de Camaret-sur-Mer (1:12 500) Port de Morgat (1:15 000) Port de Douarnenez (1:15 000) On this edition the chart specification has been improved to show coloured light flashes. Depths have been updated from the latest available surveys. There has been general updating throughout.
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  • Imray Chart G25

    Imray

    Product Code: CCGMR
    Other
    Plans included: Ormos Skiathou (Nisos Skiathos) (1:50 000) Stenon Alonnisou (1:50 000) Linaria (Nisos Skiros) (1:75 000) Continuation of Maliakos Kolpos (1:190 000) Nisoi Likhades (1:50 000) On this edition the chart specification has been improved to show coloured light flashes. A new plan showing the passage around Nisoi Likhades is included. There has been general updating throughout.
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  • Imray Chart Y45

    Imray

    Product Code: CCGMO
    Other
    Reverse side: Plymouth to Saltash and Saint Germans (1:20 000) Plans included: Mayflower Marina (1:5000) King Point & Millbay Marinas (1:10 000) Sutton Harbour and Queen Anne's Battery Marina (1:7500) Plymouth Yacht Haven (1:5000) Continuation of River Yealm (1:20 000) First edition. Part of the small format Y series (A2 size), this is double-sided sheet replicates coverage of Plymouth (sheets 2400.13 & 14) from the 2400 West Country Chart Pack
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  • Imray Chart M24

    Imray

    Product Code: CCGML
    Other
    Chart scale 1:220 000 Plans included: Novigrad (1:15 000) Porec (1:15 000) Rovinj (1:15 000) Brijuni Otoci to Pula (1:85 000) Veruda to Medulin Bay (1:85 000) Approaches to Punat (1:20 000) Approaches to Mali Losinj (1:40 000) Otok Ilovik Channel (1:20 000) On this edition the chart specification has been improved to show coloured light flashes. The latest depth surveys have been included where available. Harbour developments at Punat are included. Brand new harbour plans of Novigrad and Porec are included for the first time. There has been general updating throughout.
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  • Imray Chart Y47

    Imray

    Product Code: CCGMA
    Other
    Plans included: Mylor Yacht Harbour (1:10 000) Falmouth Marina (1:5000) Falmouth Inner Harbour (1:10 000) First edition. Part of the small format Y series (A2 size), this replicates sheet 2400.12 from the 2400 West Country Chart Pack
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