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Sailing, Yachts and Yarns

Narrated by: Tom Cunliffe
Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
Categories: Sport, Other
4 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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  • 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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  • Joseph M. Lenyi
  • 08-10-2018

Great Sailing Stories

A great book of sailing stories and yarns - An easy and informative listen to anyone infested in sailing

Joe - Lower Ship Harbour - Nova Scotia

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  • Tim Edwards
  • 06-11-2017

great compilation narrated by the author himself.

loved it Tom did a wonderful job his accent is fabulous really added to the wonderful writing

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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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  • bailey
  • 28-03-2017

He's a bit of a crumudgeon and it shows

While I love sailing and tales of the sea, the author's sour view and poor narration left me wanting to chuck this one into the sea. Not my favorite.

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  • John P. Oleary
  • 16-03-2017

A little irrelevant.

This is a story put on by a rather opinionated english reporter. Some of his information is good, but most of it was disappointing. Things like - you don't need a life-jacket while in the water, while talking about how much difficulty most skippers have coming back for a man-overboard.

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  • Roy
  • 15-06-2016

Nice turn of phrase

Very interesting information delivered with typically dry English humour. Fires up the adventuring spirit. Sounds like his wife is quite the capable adventurer in her own right.

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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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  • 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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  • Richard Armstrong
  • 19-07-2019

Brilliant

Absolutely enthralling. A real gem. Packed with the author's knowledge, character and sense of humour.

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  • Fred Crawley
  • 23-05-2019

Great yarns from this fantastic sailor and author

As a sailor myself this book is both fascinating, informative and educational. I will no doubt read it again and again

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  • Mr P
  • 19-04-2019

Ahoy!

loved it, more than once. full of humour and wonderfully narrated. just the thing for long nights at anchor.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-01-2019

laugh out loud observations

easy to listen to, witty, dry but usually on the mark commentary on a wide variety of topics. Good food for thought, honestly delivered.

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  • T. Griffith
  • 15-08-2018

Perfect for a novice like me.

I could listen to this three times and learn more each time. Tom Cunliffe has a lovely down to earth voice, perfect intonation.

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  • RONPZ
  • 17-05-2018

Tom is not a narrator

Good stories but would be better with someone else telling the stories other than the author

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  • james smith
  • 07-05-2018

Facination

A very entertaining and informative collection of stories of a facinating sailing career. Well done.

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  • Conyermud
  • 13-12-2017

Enjoyable

Excellent stuff, all the chapters were great listening, Cunliffe has an excellent voice for the narration, it works very well. I'm going to leave it for a few weeks then listen to the entire shebang again.