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East Coast 
Reeds Maritime  Mediterranean 
Meteorology   Almanac  
by Maurice Cornish and 
2009 – 2010
By Janet Harber
Elaine Ives
Edited by Rod Heikell 
and Lucinda Michell
This is the 19th edition of this classic
guide to some of the most interesting and
occasionally challenging sailing in the UK.
The original was written by Jack Coote in
1956; his daughter Janet has taken over
the helm and has, with Wiley produced
a lovely guide. Conforming to the style of
other Wiley guides and brought back to A4
format has made the guide much clearer,
straightforward and simpler to follow. Whilst this book is written primarily for This wonderful book is essential if sailing in
serving and trainee deck officers and the Mediterranean. It has two sections; the
The guide covers Lowestoft magnificent those pursuing a professional maritime first covers all the background information one
to Ramsgate and the rivers in between career this is a very solid study or maritime needs; weather, regulations, documentation,
including the River Thames as far inland meteorology. Written by professionals for safety and distress, radio and satellite services,
as Tower Bridge. Each river and port is professionals it is detailed but not over lights, routes and tides. The book then moves
described with loving detail with each key complicated. The style is businesslike but into detailed harbour information which has
anchorage, marina and possible berth yachtsmen have not been ignored and this been fully revised by personal experience
described. There is plenty of local detail and book would suit those preparing for ocean and the input of many cruising sailors. There
suggestions on where to visit and what to voyaging being fairly detailed and taking a are more harbour plans than in the previous
see. The detail is excellent. global view of weather. edition and more overview plans of the larger
islands have also been added. The Almanac
The book has some excellent aerial The questions at the end of each chapter is supported by an on-line supplement
photographs, taken by the author’s brother help to reinforce knowledge and the which will be published at the end of 2009.
in law, that bring the area to life as well illustrations assist rather than confuse as Mediterranean Cruising Handbook is a really
as abundant views from the cockpit. The some meteorological publications do to the important companion and a great general
chartlets are excellent. layman. There are some references to useful handbook for the Mediterranean.
websites and a great glossary of terms that
The guide should encourage exploration will help the reader explore this key area in Priced at £32.00.
of this fascinating area parts of which more detail. Published by Imray Laurie, Norie and Wilson –
have changed little in over fifty years. It is
a beautiful area to cruise, particularly in a Priced at £27.00 ISBN 9781 8462 3083 1
multihull where shallow draught opens up Published by Adlard Coles Nautical:
access to all sorts of interesting spots and
a stable platform when dried out in the mud ISBN 978 14081 12069
allows a normal life on board. The area
has big tides, fast moving water, moving
sandbanks, shallow water and lots of mud.
It is also full of birdlife, natural phenomena,
stunning scenery, history and lovely people.
All these books are available through our shop at
The east Coast is a great area to cruise and
this book you essential guide!
Priced at £24.99.
In our June issue we will preview some Great Reads for the summer!
Published by Wiley Nautical – www.
ISBN 9780 4709 9092 6
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