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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Imray,Laurie,Norie & Wilson Ltd (1 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 085288916X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0852889169
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 3 x 29.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 429,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Rainsbury is a photographer and writer with a passion for sailing and the sea. An Ocean Yachtmaster with over 25 years sailing experience, David is also an RYA Shorebased Instructor. Aboard his previous yacht Piper, a Contessa 26, he sailed the entire coastlines of Britain, Ireland and Western Europe from Bergen to the Loire. Now with Kate, a Vancouver 274 designed for short handed ocean sailing, he has already sailed as far south as Portugal, making two single-handed Biscay crossings, a total distance in the last ten years of over 30,000 miles, mostly single-handed. Trained to meet the demanding standards of the photographic studio he has taken his skills outside to capture images of yachts and boats, seascapes and sailors. He writes about his adventures in the yachting press and his photographs illustrate pilot books and magazine articles and are used to sell the products he tests and relies on at sea.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Übergeekian on 23 Dec 2009
Format: Hardcover
To leaf through it looks pretty good. Loads of aerial photographs and chartlets, nice clear layout. However, once you start reading in earnest it becomes infuriating. The chartlets are dropped in more or less at random, and are only roughly near the pages they refer to. "Milford Haven to Fishguard" appears twice, on pages 4 and 20 and more detailed chartlets of this area are scattered around in no clear order.

Coverage is extremely odd. The passage around St David's head is covered in exhaustive detail and the further north you go the sketchier the detail is. It seems to be more of a guide to "Some Marinas I have Visited" than anything else. Why no Ravenglass? Why no Carnlough? What other places have been left out? Why on earth discuss two possible anchorages (just about the only anchorages mentioned) on Skomer in great detail and then miss out entire ports?

The organisation of the whole book is peculiar too. It starts from Milford Haven and works its way up the east side to the North Channel. Then instead of coming down (or going up) the west side it starts at Howth, works up to Rathlin and then starts again at the bottom and works up from Carnsore to Dublin. As a result the two best marinas for Dublin, Howth and Dun Laoghaire, are fifty pages apart, and Dublin Bay is similarly split in two.

As I haven't used the book in anger I cannot comment on the accuracy of the contents. However, there are far too many places where the author says "I have no information about ..." That's not how it works: when you are taking thirty pounds from people for a pilot book you have to find out. It's called research, and that may involve more than looking through your own log books for the last few years.

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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RobertWT on 27 July 2012
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I was delighted by the contente, particulatly the small charts (enough to get a good idea about a port or estuary) and particularly the photographs.
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0 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Christian Rogers on 9 Feb 2013
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the irish sea pilot is clear, accurate, practical and essential..clear, accurate, practical and essential..clear, accurate, practical and essential..clear, accurate, practical and essential..clear, accurate, practical and essential..clear, accurate, practical and essential..clear, accurate, practical and essential..clear, accurate, practical and essential
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