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Our Favorite Sailing Stories

Get sucked into one of these tales of adventure, obsession, bravery, discovery, and tragedy at sea.

Take a break from working on your boat and check out one these loved narratives about life at sea.


The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
By Dava Sobel

The dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest and of one man’s forty-year obsession to find a solution to the thorniest scientific dilemma of the day–“the longitude problem.”

Into the Raging Sea

Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro
By Rachel Slade

Hurricane Joaquin swallowed the container ship El Faro whole, resulting in the worst American shipping disaster in thirty-five years.

Maiden Voyage

By Tania Aebi

What begins as the sheer desire for adventure turns into a spiritual quest as a young woman comes to terms with her family, her dreams, and her first love.

Alone Together

Sailing Solo to Hawaii and Beyond
By Christian Williams

In a new world of soaring seabirds, violent storms and majestic emptiness, a 71 year old discovered answers to questions he had never asked about who we are, why we sail, and the universal fear of being alone.

The Long Way

By Bernard Moitessier

Bernard Moitessier’s own incredible story of his participation in the first Golden Globe Race, a solo, non-stop circumnavigation.


Sailing the Pacific in Search of Surf and Self
By Liz Clark

In 2006, Liz Clark decided to follow the path that surfing, sailing and love of the ocean had presented to her. Embarking on an adventure that most only dream of taking, she set sail from Santa Barbara, solo, headed to the South Pacific.

An Embarrassment of Mangoes

By Ann Vanderhoof

a delicious chronicle of leaving the type-A lifestyle behind – and discovering the seductive secrets of life in the Caribbean.

A Voyage for Madmen

By Peter Nichols

In 1968, nine sailors set off on the most daring race ever held: to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe nonstop. Ten months later, only one of the nine men would cross the finish line.

Brave or Stupid

By Tracey Christiansen, Yanne Larsson, Calle Andersson

an everyman tale about a middle-aged, seasick electrician with no money who suddenly and for no reason decides to sail around the world.

For more books—albeit less entertaining and more educational—check out the list of Our Favorite Maintenance Books.

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