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5.0 out of 5 stars Sailing
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Not for sailors
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...
Published on 24 July 2008 by Max Griffon


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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
This review is from: Fifty Places to Sail Before You Die: Sailing Experts Share the World's Greatest Destinations (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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2.0 out of 5 stars Coffee Table Sailing, 5 Sep 2007
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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
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This review is from: Fifty Places to Sail Before You Die: Sailing Experts Share the World's Greatest Destinations (Hardcover)
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
This review is from: Fifty Places to Sail Before You Die: Sailing Experts Share the World's Greatest Destinations (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
This review is from: Fifty Places to Sail Before You Die: Sailing Experts Share the World's Greatest Destinations (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
This review is from: Fifty Places to Sail Before You Die: Sailing Experts Share the World's Greatest Destinations (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
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Places to sail, 15 Mar 2013
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What a lovely book and full of interesting information for a sailor really good value and I will enjoy using this book
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars novel, 7 Dec 2013
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excellent and unusual gift for my partner who is sailing mad... trouble is he's now planning loads of sailing trips!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good presents, 21 July 2010
This review is from: Fifty Places to Sail Before You Die: Sailing Experts Share the World's Greatest Destinations (Hardcover)
This is a good present for the man who has everything, including a sailing boat.
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