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Outward Leg Hardcover – 1 May 1986

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Hearst Marine Books; First Edition, First Reprint edition (1 May 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688043089
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688043087
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,947,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Few yachtsmen are unfamiliar with the name Tristan Jones. Having published 16 books on his world voyages, Outward Leg follows the late (sailor) on a voyage from San Diego to London. Jones was an old-style adventurer: a maritime free-thinker with a stainless steel backbone. His quirky sense of humor, honest (and oddly timeless) prose style is spliced with the kind of mad-yet-accurate insight which comes when a man spends too much time alone. Try this one on for size: There are no people on the face of the earth so adept at transforming a dream into a reality as Americans... No people anywhere are so capable of absorbing a dream so thoroughly that it becomes a part of them, and they champion it, devote an amazing amount of energy to it and transform it and, if you are not every careful, destroy it. Yachts & Yachting After having his leg amputated and spending seven years ashore, Tristan Jones decided to return to sea. In October 1983, Jones and his only crew member, Wally Rediske, set out from San Diego in OUTWARD LEG, a 36-foot trimaran, intending to circumnavigate the world from west to east by sail. Sailing Inland & Offshore --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Having read all his earlier books, I most thorougly enjoyed this typical TristanJones-book. He is getting more and more "grumpy" and "self-centered", allways right, allways know the best. Understandably - as he struggles with his lack of feet and knowledge that his life is going downhill. But with irony, wit and his usual simple sailormans approach to the universal "unsolvable" questions. The books is highly recommended, - but do not start with this one as it is the "swan-song" of a great adventurer. Begin with the classics, - his first books will live forever even if the author has left us.
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Tristan has again written a good book. Not as exciting as some but still a must ofr all tristan fans. we miss you Tristan
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HASH(0x91e415ac) out of 5 stars Classics Tristan Jones 17 Aug. 2000
By Chris Anderson - Published on
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I read Outward Leg several years ago and it inspired me to read just about all of his other books. His no nonsense, slighly irreverent style appeals to me as well as the fact that he has a great sense of humanity. A good book and a good read.
HASH(0x92053bdc) out of 5 stars One of my favorite sailing authors of all time 23 Oct. 2015
By Michael Chambers - Published on
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One of my favorite sailing authors of all time. This book is every bit as good as the rest of them.
HASH(0x91e23b1c) out of 5 stars Five Stars 16 Jun. 2016
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Lovely book, could't stop reading... really interesting
HASH(0x91e9e258) out of 5 stars Five Stars 18 May 2015
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By Isabel Brown - Published on
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According to Jones, sailing is very uncomfortable and challenging, at least in open sea, ..noisy etc. He had a trimaran and said a monohull would be worse.
I absolutely hate how sailors write with no thought for the lay reader, I want to learn and his vocabulary is foreign at times, when talking about boat details. That is so stupid to me! Why can't each writer define within the text each term, instead of forcing novices to skim over it. There are not only sailors in the world! Why limit your readership so much! At least have a glossory for all those terms! He just lost me and that defeats learning.
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