Notable New Books
Maximum Sail Power: The Complete Guide to Sails, Sail Technology and Performance
By Brian Hancock
Brian Hancock, a South African sailor who has been around the world on fast sailboats numerous times in the last two decades, lives on the edge. He has written about his offbeat adventures in sailing magazines and self-published books, describing harrowing tales of survival and high-seas drama in a voice of gentle humor. He is also a skilled sailmaker, although not the kind to surround himself with beeswax, a leather palm and steel sewing needles, and acres of cotton or Dacron cloth in a musty loft in a sleepy New England town, rather the kind who experiments with all the latest fabrics and adhesives and is hired to design suits of sails for the most advanced sailboats in existence.