Sails, Skippers and Sextants: A History of Sailing in 50 Inventors and Innovations by George Drower
'The inventions, the innovations, the stories, the surprises. A combination of history, reference and entertainment - something for every seafarer and many others too.' - Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.
People have been sailing for thousands of years, but we've come some distance from longboats and clippers. How did we arrive here?
In fifty tales of inventors and innovations, Sails, Skippers and Sextants looks at the history of one of our most enjoyable pastimes, from the monarch who pioneered English yachting to the engineer who invented sailboards. The stories are sometimes inspiring, usually amusing and often intriguing - so grab your lifejacket, it's going to be quite an adventure.