There is cool new book out called Fifty Places to Sail Before You Die - Sailing Experts Share the World’s Greatest Destinations. It's the third volume by author Chris Santella on some of our favorite pastimes. His first, Fifty Places to Flyfish Before You Die, was born from a personal passion. It was a great hit and soon spawned Fifty Places to Golf Before You Die which is a must-read and fun checklist of some of the world’s most spectacular golf courses. His next logical subject was sailing.
A little over a year ago the author contacted me about being one of the “sailing experts” by virtue of my then job as the Executive Director of the American Sail Training Association. Of course, I jumped at the opportunity to participate in this really fun and interesting project. Fifty Places to Sail Before You Die is a part coffee table book, part cruising guide. It features recommendations from some of the most famous names in sailing including Gary Jobson, J.J. Isler, Larry Pardey, Thomas Whidden, Jeff Johnstone, Onne Van Der Wal, Herb McCormick and many more. It’s an incredible honor to be included in such a talented crew of contributors.
For me identifying my favorite sailing spot was easy. Buzzards Bay is where I learned to sail as a youth and today I still live a literal stone throw away from this amazing body of water. My story is centered around schooner Tabor Boy. What a surprise!
Next time you are in a bookstore, check it out. Part coffee table book, part cruising guide, it's a fun book to read and it will give you some amazing destinations to dream about and add to your list.