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West Country Cruising Companion: A Yachtsman's Pilot and Cruising Guide to Ports and Harbours from Portland Bill to Padstow (Cruising Companions) Hardcover – 2 May 2014

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Fernhurst Books Ltd.; 8th Revised edition edition (2 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1909911089
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909911086
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.2 x 30.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Written in a relaxed, easy style, it combines a wealth of pilotage information with historical detail and expert local knowledge. The colour photography, including many invaluable coastal, aerial and approach shots, brings it all vividly to life. Mark looks at planning, tactics and waypoints, and includes his own in-depth appraisals of approaches, harbours and anchorages from Bridport to Padstow, including the Isles of Scilly. This first-class tome will be essential reading for anyone heading west, under sail or power. It will also add hugely to your enjoyment of this fascinating cruising ground." (Yachting Monthly, Jun 2014) 'For those familiar with this classic pilot book its qualities have grown with each successive edition and this 8th edition is no exception. Comprehensive, simple to navigate, beautifully illustrated and bursting with useful information. Port plans are detailed and crisp, their utility enhanced by approach and aerial photographs. Everything is here to plan a cruise and stay safe in this sometimes unforgiving area on the edge of the Atlantic. I can find no fault with this volume and would find it inexplicable if other than a local skipper undertook any significant West Country cruise without one on board.' (Paul Fletcher-Tomenius, Cruising Association); 'The latest edition of West Country Cruising Companion continues the valuable role of being both an excellent pilot guide to some of the very finest cruising grounds around our coast and also providing that local knowledge of the many attractions ashore, the pubs and restaurants that make this such a wonderful place to sail. Mark Fishwick's encyclopaedic knowledge of the area will find favour to those new to the West Country and also those already familiar with its charms. It should find a place on any boat bound for the south west.' (Little Ship Club). 'This eighth edition of the West Country Cruising Companion has clearly been a labour of love accumulated over the last 25 years and what a gem it is. It is a must for all those cruising the south coast between Portland Bill and Padstow, whether experienced or not. There are many fascinating little places covered in great detail, which I've missed in the past, but now do not intend to in the future. The coverage of the Isles of Scilly is excellent and easy to follow.' (Royal Cruising Club)

About the Author

Born in Exeter and bought up on the River Exe, Mark Fishwick began sailing at an early age and soon ventured further to explore the rivers, creeks and harbours of the West country in his parent's 18ft 6 in Alacrity sloop vallette. He moved to Cornwall in 1973 soon after buying his present boat, the 34ft 1910 gaff yawl Temptress, and since then has enjoyed a varied nautical life encompassing commercial fishing, charter skippering in the West Indies, yacht delivery, boatyard work, writing, photography and just occasionally sailing for fun! He has now returned to his roots and lives within sight of the River Exe, close to Lympstone.


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