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Tale of the Green Dragon

Tale of the Green Dragon [Kindle Edition]

Jay Irwin

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"Let me tell you a whale of a tale of two old codgers who liked to sail; one was named Jay, the other one Al. Between them they had 150 years of living and over 100 years of sailing."
So begins the tale of the Green Dragon, a true American blue-blooded gaff-rigged schooner on a peregrinate thousand-mile trip from Spruce Head, Maine, to Fells Point, Maryland and the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race. This is no typical summer cruise logbook.Armchair sailors will enjoy the sights and sounds of sailing and insights into local anchorages and good bread and pizza and lobster. The seasoned sailor will relish the local knowledge of unlit markers and blinding shorelights skillfully woven into a context of maritime history abounding with nautical terms and practical techniques for living with and loving old wooden boats.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 181 KB
  • Print Length: 150 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1463654561
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005BYJT1Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Zesty Read! 18 July 2011
By Judith McNally - Published on
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A zesty read, for the landlubber (myself) and seasoned sailor alike! This book opened up an entire new world of sailing for me.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most enjoyable read 29 July 2011
By Aunt Duckie - Published on
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Jay is a true sailor, in every sense. He loves life, friends, and sailing, and it shows in every word. This isn't a life and death action story, it is an enjoyable tale of two friends, sailing up and down the east coast, meeting more friends, both old and new, along the way. It describes life on the boat, and on the shore. It's about the Green Dragon, a beautiful old schooner, and preserving a way of life too quickly disappearing in this disposable world. Jay tells a wonderful tale.

If you want to see more pictures of the Green Dragon, I found some on the American Schooner Association web site.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Listening to a pro 25 July 2011
By Evelyn E. Stewart - Published on
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The one word that covers this book is AUTHENTIC. You don't read so much as listen while Jay tells about sailing a 43.6 foot wooden boat on rivers and bays and the open ocean, about racing, about people and places from Maine to Fells Point (Baltimore). Jay knows what he is talking about, from the first plank in the Green Dragon's mahogany hull to the assorted sails. If you have never sailed and think sailors just sit there and let the wind do all the work, this book will surprise you. If you are a seasoned sailor, sit back with a beer, enjoy the trip and compare memories. There is a lot about friendship here, too. Each chapter ( Way Point) has the words of a different song of the sea, far beyond the standard Glee Club Sea Chanteys. I read this on my Kindle and then bought a copy to see on the shelf, and enjoyed the fine cover photography.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ain't no lies 8 Aug 2011
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My eye has been on this tale since it went to press and I should have been more punctual in adding a review since I am acquainted with the two old codgers and have detailed knowledge of the events Jay has described. I am the schooner Green Dragon. With the assistance of skipper Al I compiled a slide show pertinent to the tale. It's not a talkie, so if you skim over this first you might have a better idea of what you are looking at.

As for me, beginning in 1939, I was built by Chester Spear in Scituate, Massachusetts from plans by Scotty Gannett. It was 1951 before I was launched -- as Lady Millie. By 1962 when I was acquired by Al I had already been renamed Brenda Lee. At the time Al lived on Long Wharf in Boston near the site of the Green Dragon Tavern, "Headquarters of the Revolution", for which I am now named.

The tale begins a couple years back when Jay joined us in Spruce Head, Maine. We sailed about in Maine some, thence to Gloucester, which has been my home for many years. In 2008 my Graymarine gas engine gave way to a new 29 HP Yanmar diesel, now much beloved since I tend to wander between Maine and Norfolk and the crew does not have unlimited time to wait for the right breeze. In September I have had the habit of heading to Baltimore for the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race (GCBSR) which ends up in Portsmouth, Virginia, in mid-October. In this race, in six starts, I have a third, two seconds and three firsts in my class, but nowadays the skipper watches it on the internet, which is just as well, because it sometimes gets a mite arduous for a little boat of my age. When I raced I remained over the winter in Norfolk until early summer. This made for a lot of (mostly) enjoyable back and forth sailing, and Jay has been aboard for several of these trips. There is mention In the tale of a side trip we made to Washington before heading back to New England in June.

I know I must be objective in this review, and that is not easy, for Jay has done more than his share of hard work attending to my maintenance. You name it, he can do it. He is a master at rigging and a terrific all-around mechanic. Woodworking, refinishing, caulking, whatever. Wooden boats like me come in just two categories y'know... (1) those in need of restoration or (2) those in the process of decay, and we value those talents. Not to mention navigation, as in keeping me off the ledges and sandbars during long watches, day and night. He never even complained about my deck leaks. Or about the food Al dished up. And always congenial. Then there was the time he went over the side in icy Maine water to untangle a lobster pot warp from my prop. They just don't make sailors like Jay anymore. So how was the tale? Five stars, easy. Doggone good memory for a 78 year old. He told it just like it was. Has me raring to go back to Fells Point again with those two old codgers.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tale of the Green Dragon 18 Aug 2011
By maryyvonnedil - Published on
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Jay Irwin tells a tale of sailing from Maine to Maryland. For true sailors his narrative will hold their interest because of his details about navigating all the ports and marinas they ventured into and their adventures ashore where they mingled with the locals.

For the novice sailor his technical language is challenging. But I did learn many new terms. I particularly liked his poetic introduction to each short chapter.

Jay Irwin writes from knowledge and experience in a most enjoyable manner. It is a quick read that you can put down and pick up and still follow the tale of the Green Dragon.
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