From the title and cover of this book, you might assume it to be a light-hearted, anecdotal account of adventures and misadventures in a variety of sailing locations. Not so. This is a serious sailing book by a very serious sailor who spends his time amongst the shifting sands and drying rivers of the Thames Estuary. Lots of wisdom and sound advice if you sail there or somewhere akin to it, or indeed, if you're just starting out in a small boat of your own, and reckon Hiscock's "Cruising under sail" is a bit OTT for an eighteen-footer, but like Hiscock's book, you don't buy this one for laughs.
The several cruises Stock describes are rich in technicalities such as state of tide, weather, time, etc.,etc., but if writers truly want to involve readers in their travels, they need to paint a picture with the prose or provide a decent map that details, at the very least, everything referred to in the text. Well in this case, I reckon the author mislaid his brushes, and the map is worse than useless. It was only when I hit on the idea of using Google Earth along with the book, that the whole thing came alive.
A much more appropriate title for this publication would be "How to sail an awful lot of miles on the Thames Estuary in a small boat with no engine".