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Sailing, Yachts and Yarns is a selection of Tom Cunliffe’s funniest, wisest and most thought-provoking writing from the pages of Yachting Monthly. Tom’s love of language and sense of humour shine through as he recalls the wealth of sinners and saints he has met on docksides from Southampton to South America, Greenwich to Greenland and Newtown to New York. He has a gift for capturing the magic of sail and finding pearls of practical wisdom in the most unlikely nautical adventures. Sailing, Yachts and Yarns is a lively miscellany of a wit, wisdom and wonder.

It will make you laugh and make you think – and make you want to cast off to enjoy the delights of life afloat.

©2012 Tom Cunliffe (P)2012 Audible Ltd

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Bliss

This book is a sailing gem. I couldn't stop listening, and I was swept from outright laughs to just letting the nautical language and wealth of anecdotes wash over me. Beautifully delivered by Tom Cunliffe, thank you.

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  • Jimmy R. Stewart
  • 19-02-2015

A jolly good collection!

Here here, God save the queen!
Highly recommended.
A grand collection of Tom's opinions, of which I agree on every one.

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  • Carl Craighead
  • 08-08-2017

Charming and Entertaining

Loved every story! Tom Cunliffe does a perfect job of narrating his own written word.

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  • Eric Zander
  • 16-04-2021

Tom is Brilliant!

Listen to it and you will love it. That's what I did and you don't need to make it any more complicated than that.

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  • Timothy Roberts
  • 24-02-2021

Enchanting, thank you Mr. Cunliffe!

What a delight! The entire 'read' was superb. All other priorities were jettisoned over the side while I drank deeply from the vast array of 'single malts' so salubriously served by the author's inimitable life-long wealth of wit, humour, and unmistakable salty wisdom. From the first book I read from Mr. Cunliffe I have had a profound respect for the author and this has been the sticky-toffee pudding with cream and icecream to finish it off. It is my sincere hope that Mr. Cunliffe will be my RYA Yachtmaster Examiner in the not too distant future. Thank you sir!

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  • Craig the Bokashi Maker
  • 23-07-2020

Fun

Good listen for any sailor. Great humor and lists of useful info on the sidelines.

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  • DLBland
  • 25-01-2020

Excellent!

There may be no finer narrator than Tomy Cunliff certainly is maritime interests! This is the best you're going to enjoy of a lifetime of a real seaman !

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  • John F.
  • 29-12-2019

Tom tells a great story, with some useful info.

I'm not a seaman or sailor, yet I'm drawn to this writer.
still land locked.

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  • SB28
  • 11-09-2019

A joy to listen

How this hasn’t been marked five stars by anyone who listened to mate than 2 sentences, sailor or not is beyond me.

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  • escapewheel
  • 21-05-2019

That was fun.

A nice entertaining diversion from bumper to bumper traffic.
I need a proper boat..

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  • Cef Cristi
  • 01-04-2019

Really enjoyed this book

Tom has a way with words and I found his reading very entertaining. his stories were very enjoyable. Before I know it, the book was over all too soon!

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  • Slowhand
  • 10-10-2020

Not that interesting

An opinionated author whose book contains too many clichés and too much predictable, unoriginal humour. A rather dull read.

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  • Mr. W. Jones
  • 24-10-2019

This is a party political broadcast for UKIP...

.. Or is that the Brexit party. I suffered through the strange accusation that "Bureaucrats in Brussels" are somehow doing a bad thing in making sure you can't be ripped off with badly designed product, only to turn off as he immediately launched into a tirade against "Blame culture" and accuses British younger generations of suing everyone for everything. Obviously he can't back up these assertions, just drops them as "facts" and gets onto his next rant. It's a shame, because, he had a lot of charisma and if he could take off the rose tints for a few hours and just tell stories without telling his listener that everything was so much better in his day because (insert latest Daily Mail lie here), then this would be a fantastic book.

If you voted UKIP or Brexit and want a nice comfortable book telling you how you're great, you the salt of the earth who has never even seen an avocado are superior in every way (please, behold the master race) then you will love this. Even if you have no interest in sailing. If on the other hand, you know that the Sailing Frenchman singularly proves that life is just as good now, and sailors are just as skilled and adventurous as grandpa's generation, give this one a miss, it might make you vomit.

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  • Adrian Moss (Binkle)
  • 23-07-2020

brilliamt

exciting and v interesting. fast pace. educational. ell worth a listen for all yachts people and travellers

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  • Public Profi
  • 28-09-2019

Informative and fun sea tales

A string of magazine articles published as a book but none the worse for this and makes for easy listening for the armchair sailor.

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  • clivep
  • 10-06-2021

East Listening

nice easy listen of a string of antidotes and thoughts. I enjoy his writing when reading the pilot details going in to port

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  • Robert Charles Weston
  • 23-03-2021

A mixed bag

I enjoy many of Tom’s stories and he has a wealth of experience, however I find two parts quite wearying. The first is his unending campaign against increasing instrumentation, where he blames it for errors that were human in origin. This features heavily in many of his articles and although I take his point that we should not rely overly on electronics, it would be great to have some stories of how useful they can be as well.

However, the part of this which actually annoyed me was the article where he essentially says that because the tides have not changed level and it’s still cold in winter, global warming does not exist. I’m more than a little concerned that such an influential figure in the yachting world can actually still hold these views in the face of overwhelming scientific evidence...

Other than that, some good yarns here but many to be taken with a pinch of salt!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-12-2020

Brilliant listening

Nectar on the ears, easy listening with story’s to relate to. Took me only three days to get through this.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-10-2020

Great delivery of a fruitful life at sea

I don't normally write reviews but this audible book made me laugh and also question some pre conceptions I may have picked up about the requirement placed on modern cruising folk.

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  • James
  • 20-08-2020

Fellow admirer of all things Sea related.

Mr Cunliffe’s ability to share his tales on and off the water is fantastic, I enjoyed every minute and urge others to do the same.

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  • Simon Jayne
  • 22-06-2020

Stories to while away the dark hours!

Some curmudgeon’s earlier review stated Mr Cunliffe is no narrator! I’m sorry but these yarns could not have been told by any other voice. Indeed he is better than many of the so called professional narrators that grace the audible line up. The stories themselves are full of good humour even when grumbling about the health and safety brigade. They range from blocked heads to the folly of relying too much on technology. A great listen for any sailor or landlubber.
If you find your self holed up in port with a hooligan blowing wild out side and your Tilly lamp is too dim to read by, do yourself a favour, pour yourself a gentleman’s measure sit back and listen to Tom. He’ll while away the hours until ‘Sailing By’ heralds the late shipping forecast and no doubt a better outlook for the morning.
Wonderful stuff!

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