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Fifty Places to Sail Before You Die: Sailing Experts Share the World's Greatest Destinations [Hardcover]

Chris Santella
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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1 May 2007
Mankind has plied the waves of the ocean since the dawn of recorded time, seeking sustenance, riches and adventure. "Fifty Places To Sail Before You Die" maps out some of the world's great sailing venues, as shared by both champion racers and celebrated adventurers. Venues range from clubby New England ports like Newport to the hair-raising passage around Cape Horn to idyllic island retreats like Mopelia. In addition to colourful descriptions of the sailing spots and anecdotes from some of the world's greatest sailors, "Fifty Places To Sail Before You Die" will include brilliant photographs and enough information to help would-be sailors chart their own adventure in these areas.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori & Chang Inc; First Edition edition (1 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584795670
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584795674
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Santella is a freelance writer and marketing consultant based in Portland, Oregon. A passionate fly fisher and eager (if largely incompetent) golfer, he writes frequently on these topics...as well as many others. After nearly 20 years working in advertising and marketing management, Chris now makes (most) of his living as a writer. He is the author of eight books including the best selling 'Fifty Places to...' series.

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About the Author

Chris Santella is a freelance journalist and the author of Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die, Fifty Places to Play Golf Before You Die and Fifty Favorite Fly-Fishing Tales. He lives in Portland with his wife and two daughters.

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for sailors 24 July 2008
Format:Hardcover
A very disappointing purchase, I was expecting much more information on the 'places' and less about the boats and contributors life histories. Chris Santella (the author) admits that his experience of sailing is limited to a season of sailing lessons in 1975 thus he enrols the advice of several professional sailors for information. Hence this is a mish-mash of racing locations & partial auto-biographies alongside what looks like stock photography. If you know nothing about sailing and want a nautical book as a coffee table paperweight then this is for you. Otherwise avoid.
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105 of 107 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Coffee Table Sailing 5 Sep 2007
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought this book hoping it would provide coffee table inspiration about where I could one day sail in the world. I expected there would be informative pictures and descriptive narrative about the scenery and what to expect from sailing in each area. I was very disappointed. Some of the accounts given by interviewees lived up to my expectations but many others seemed to just rant on about their own sailing careers or refer to the names of places as though the reader would already know them intimately. The pictures were uninspiring too and there wasn't always a picture for each place visited. Many of the pictures were essentially of yachts rather than the scenery in which they were sailing. If you are into yacht racing and sailing clubs this might be the book for you, but as an account for potential visiting cruisers this book may be one to leave on the shelf.
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid - cheap & cynical formula volume 14 Oct 2008
By Dunedin
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Bought this on impulse (to top up to free postage!) without reading reviews. A mistake.

All you need to know is:
1) The author's previous books were Fifty Places to .... Play Golf / Go Birding / Fly Fish etc .... before you die
2) The USA based research is so exhaustive that the British Virgin Islands and South Georgia Islands are listed under UK, but Scotland is not (meanwhile each USA state is treated as a nation)
3) Different rent a contributer provides each section - so the author probably never even visited the locations
4) Pictures are few and mostly could be anywhere
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing 10 Nov 2008
Format:Hardcover
I got this for Christmas and I was very disappointed. There appears to be no correlation between the titles of the chapters and the descriptions. Apparently the Inner Hebrides are in the Firth of Clyde. I felt like the author had found a formula 50 places before you die - find a few people to interview. I was expecting to find the best places - not just some places to sail.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Missed opportunity 26 April 2009
By Dorothy
Format:Hardcover
This could have been a great book. But I am not sure who its audience is. For sailors it misses the mark - the author has several book all called 50 X before you die - but he is not a sailor. So it has a forumalic quality. It doesn't have the photos to be a real coffee table book for non sailors. The idea is great but the execution poor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars unfulfilled potential 15 Sep 2011
Format:Hardcover
what could have been a great coffee table volume OR a real insight into the best places to sail delivered neither in equally dissapointing measure.

Whole sections without supporting photography and no real detail in the text leads to me to question why this book exists at all?

Utter waste of paper and your money. Avoid.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sailing 2 April 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The title says it all, this will at least awake the interest in one or the other location that are within the budget of an everyday sailor.
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