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Happy Hooking - The Art of Anchoring

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<p>Paperback.</p> <p><em>Happy Hooking - the Art of Anchoring</em> rolled off the presses and onto the stands at the Southampton Boat Show in theUK.  Despite the economic conditions, 111,017 visitors attended the show over the 10 days keen to experience activities on and off the water. During the show CaptainsAlex Blackwell andDaria Blackwell delivered anchoring seminars to weekend crowds as part of the Authors Live series at the Sea Theatre.  They also signed books at the remarkable Kelvin Hughes exhibit. </p> <p>“We were very pleased with the turnout at our anchoring seminars.” noted Alex. “The continued high level of interest in anchoring underscores its importance to boaters.” He continued, “Stopping the boat safely by anchoring is probably the most important thing a boater needs to know for their safety and enjoyment. Besides, get five boaters in a room and ask about anchors, and you are bound to start a lively discussion (otherwise described as a ‘heated debate’).”</p> <p>“Anchoring is absolutely a spectator sport,” adds Daria. “As soon as a boat enters the anchorage, the binoculars come out and everyone is watching to see how well the newcomer performs! But seriously, there are so many new anchor designs and ancillary pieces of gear that are technologically sophisticated, and they are tested in ever increasing numbers of independent studies that compare the various designs. What we try to do is help people sift through theinformation so they can better understand how to apply it to their own boating needs.”</p> <p>“It is also important to understand what the best techniques are for deploying the new gear.  We try to impart an understanding through photos and drawings that clearly illustrate the differences and applications for each method,” explains Alex. “We also share plenty of stories through which we and our friends have learned in our many thousands of miles of ocean travels. We are firm believers that one can learn from others people’s ‘experiences’.”</p> <p>“We were so pleased with the positive reviews of and reader response to our first edition that we felt we had to update the information to include the rapidly increasing number of anchor designs and independent reviews on the market.  They clearly demonstrate that many new anchors are technologically advanced and deliver superior performance to some of the older designs. This is important for boaters to understand. We were particularly pleased with readers’ comments about how much they actually enjoyed <span style="text-decoration: underline;">reading</span> the book. We purposefully did not make it a technical tome but rather tried to create an entertaining read,” conclude the Blackwells</p> <p>The second expanded edition of <em>Happy Hooking - the Art of Anchoring</em> features:</p> <ul> <li>More gear</li> <li>More photos</li> <li>More illustrations</li> <li>More independent reviews</li> <li>Experience from both sides of theAtlantic</li> <li>Personal anecdotes based on thousands of miles of sailing and countless times anchoring</li> </ul> <p><em> </em></p> <p><span style="font-size: 1.5em;">About the Authors</span></p> <p>Daria and Alex Blackwellare lifelong sailors and passionate cruisers. They have completed three Atlantic crossings and have spent years cruising the coasts of the Americasand Europe, as well as the Bahamas, the Caribbean islands, and the Atlantic islands, most recently double-handing on their vintage Bowman 57-foot ketch, <em>Aleria</em>. Alex holds a USCG Master’s license with sailing and towing endorsements.  Daria holds a USCG OUPV Captain’s license. The Blackwells are members of the Ocean Cruising Club, Irish Cruising Club, Seven Seas Cruising Association, American Yacht Club, and Mayo Sailing Club. They are also the organizers of the SSCA cruising station forIreland.</p> <p>Daria and Alex have been published in <em>Practical Boat Owner, Classic Boat</em>, <em>Cruising World,</em> <em>Latitudes & Attitudes Seafaring, Offshore</em>, <em>Windcheck</em>, , and elsewhere.  For many years, they wrote much of the content for www.AmericanYC.com for which they also served as the webmasters. They also created and manage www.CoastalBoating.net, the boaters’ resource for places to go and things to know about boating on both Atlantic shores. As founders of Sail4Kids Make a Memory Cruise, the Blackwells were recognized with prestigious awards by both American Yacht Club and the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Racing Sailors.  Alex’s first book, <em>Oyster Delight by Jonathan Mite</em>, is a tribute to his lifelong interest in oysters, having launched an oyster hatchery inIreland after being awarded a Master’s degree in Fisheries Biology. </p> <p>Alex and Daria conduct live seminars on anchoring at boat shows and boating clubs. They also conduct online seminars (webinars) for Seven Seas University (SSCA) and have created an online anchoring course for NauticEd. They balance their time onshore with blue water adventures;ClewBayin the magical west ofIrelandis their current base. </p>

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SKU 9780981517100
Weight 0.0000
Author Blackwell, Capt Alex, Blackwell, Capt Daria
Format Paperback
Condition Brand New
Barcode 9780981517100
Description Paperback.