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New book about cetaceans in European waters

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I don't know about you, but I get really excited every time I have an encounter with a wild animal and for some reason, whales, dolphins, porpoises, and seals make for the most magical encounters. I've been fortunate enough to have crossed the Atlantic several times and had ideal conditions for viewing cetaceans. I've written often about our encounters but I didn't have a good visual reference for identifying who I was meeting out there with any certainty. A stunning new user-enabling reference book is about to be released that will change all that for anyone sailing in European waters. My review of the book, Europe's Sea Mammals, follows. I can't wait to head back out to sea with this on board.


Europe's Sea Mammals
Including the Azores, Madeira, the Canary Islands and Cape Verde A field guide to the whales, dolphins, porpoises and seals
by Robert Still, Hugh Harrop, Tim Stenton, and Luis Dias Princeton University Press, Paperback,
June 2019, $24.95, £20.00 I…

Aleria is up for sale

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They say that the best day for boat owners is the day they buy their boat and the day they sell it. For me, it was the day we set sail across an ocean on her. Now I say, "Parting is such sweet sorrow, let us part 'till it be morrow."

This will be a bittersweet moment for us. Aleria has been such a big part of our lives for so many years. She's taken good care of us on our Atlantic crossings and many other voyages. But we haven't been crossing oceans and we've had to pass by many inlets with shallower waters where she just wouldn't fit. So the time has come to trade down and let Aleria pass on to someone who plans to do some distances. I shouldn't be sad, but I know I will be. I will also be happy to go boat hunting again. 

Aleria Bowman 57 Cutter Rigged Ketch The ideal ocean cruising yacht EU VAT cleared
Part 1 Registry Ireland, Reg Number 404492
£220,000

Currently lying Bouzas, Vigo, Spain (05-2019)
Scheduled to be back in Ireland 08-2019, visiting Britt…