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Yarns (World of Cruising) Paperback – 31 May 2000

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Adlard Coles Nautical; New edition edition (31 May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071365791X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713657913
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.3 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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"In the realm of seagoing adventure tales no modern writer can match Tristan Jones."

"The characters and capers, including a Sherlock Holmes-style mystery, pour deliciously from the pen of this legendary adventurer." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Well, it did say that 'on the tin', I suppose. Good easy reading, a mixture of fact and fiction (some with nice little twists). Also incidents which had to be left out of some of his other books due to space. His indomitable spirit never ceases to amaze me (do I come from the same species?) but he also reveals his truly human side with its weakness. Yes, I would recommend this!
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Good easy read light hearted yarns
Good for the sailor or just light reading
Good overall reading
Will look at more books
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars My favorite author 15 Jun. 2013
By Eric Gates - Published on Amazon.com
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Like the way he tells the story, always keeps me interested. He has written many books and I have read most of them
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5.0 out of 5 stars He Is Now A Legend 8 Aug. 2006
By Gary E. Albers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Not surprisingly, I learned about Tristan Jones' writing pretty early in my career as a cruising sailor. I even read a couple of his books, many years ago. I believe they were his stories about _Ice_ and _The Incredible Voyage_.

After reading them, I made a vow never to read any more Tristan Jones. My reason? There were enough of what I considered to be serious exaggerations in his "fact-tellings" for me to be able to trust anything else he wrote. What was really true (and, therefore, useful knowledge for a novice cruising skipper) and what was not, I could not decipher. I was looking for a practical cruising mentor, not a story-teller.

Since then, I've cruised 50,000 nautical miles over eleven years. I'm now confident enough in my "cruising skills" to appreciate the storyteller in Tristan Jones. And what a superb story-teller he was. This book is a delightful collection of (exactly as the title indicates) YARNS. Seafaring yarns: real life adventures (or quasi-reasonable recollections of the same) worth their weight in gold.

Tristan Jones is long gone now. Only his stories survive. More to the point, the "style" of sailboat cruising about which he writes is a rapidly disappearing phenomenon. Try finding a sextant or reduction tables on any modern yacht, or a lead line, let alone someone who knows how to use them. They've gone the way of sliderules; replaced by the GPS, small-boat radars, electronic depth sounders, laptop computers with charting software, refrigeration, solar panels, over-sized auxillary engines, . . . the list goes on and on. "Cruising" has rapidly metamorphized into a hi-tech adventure, with the bulk of the fleet more interested in staying close to shore and a marina than venturing out upon the world's vast open seas.

The adventures of the "old time cruisers," the ilk of Tristan Jones, Hal Roth, the Smeetons and Pardeys, are rapidly becoming cultural treasures. Their experiences are unlikely to be repeated in the future. But, like good folk music, they will be remembered from generation to generation. Among seafarers, they are already legends.

In the case of Tristan Jones, there may be no better place to start than this book of YARNS.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Born Storyteller 18 Aug. 2014
By Charles Bookman - Published on Amazon.com
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There has never been another sailor like Tristan Jones and there never will be again. Born on a sailing ship in the South Atlantic, Jones entered the maritime trade in the 1930’s in his teens. He sailed in the Royal Navy during the Second World War. Drifting about in the postwar years, he found a career of sorts delivering yachts. During the 1960’s (and a little before and a little after), Jones embarked on a series of “Firsts” that boggle the imagination.Jones is perhaps best known for “The Incredible Voyage”, in which he sailed his vessel at the lowest elevation on the planet (the Dead Sea), then sailed around Africa and up the Amazon to Peru, where he sailed his vessel on the highest navigable body of water on the planet, Lake Titicaca. I am an unabashed Jones fan and thus lap this stuff up. “Yarns” is a good introduction to his life and work, though if you are going to read just one Jones book, “The Incredible Voyage” about his lowest/highest quest is by far his most popular. Read more at http://bookmanreader.blogspot.com/
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