OVER THE TOP

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The First Lone Yachtsman to Sail Vertically Around The World

by Adrian Flanagan

Published in hardback by Weidenfeld & Nicolson on 6th November 2008, at £16.99

In May 2008, Adrian Flanagan made history when he completed the first ever single-handed ‘vertical’ circumnavigation of the world. Over The Top tells the story of this remarkable voyage.

In 1975, when Adrian Flanagan was 15, he read Sir Francis Chichester’s account of his record-breaking circumnavigation and a dream began to form. 30 years later, on 28th October 2005, Adrian set sail from England on his quest to voyage vertically around the earth by the most difficult route imaginable, via Cape Horn and the icebound waters of the Russian Arctic.

The challenges would test the limits of his endurance. Only a handful of solo sailors had ever rounded Cape Horn against the prevailing winds. The Russian government had never allowed a single-handed yachtsman to enter their territorial waters.

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Treachery, Commander Kydd

B1535

For those already familiar with the fictional characters of Kydd and Renzi, this new instalment in their unfolding story requires no review beyond the comment that this is another absorbing tale that is equal to the earlier books and advances the story with a convincingly descriptive account of the two heroes as they accept new challenges.

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Shipbuster, Mosquito Mk XVIII Tse-tse An Operational History

B1536

The publisher is establishing a fine list of historic aviation titles. This title is an A4 sized softback edition that contains first class photographs and coloured drawings. It is really two stories, one of the Molins gun and the other of one of the least known Mosquito marks.

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North Brittany and Channel Islands Cruising Companion, second edition

B1537

A high standard of accuracy has been achieved and no skipper intending to sail the coast of North Brittany and to explore the Channel Islands can afford to be without a copy. There is an update service to which the reader can subscribe when buying the guide.

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BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT: ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF BRITISH NAVAL AVIATION

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“One Hundred Years of British Naval Aviation”
Nighthawk Publishing, Available November 2008,
eBook, £9.99, ISBN 1-84280-118-X

The British Government has selected 2009 as the Official Centenary of the Fleet Air Arm. This is an arbitrary date that can be justified on the basis that the Naval Estimates for 1909 included funds for the construction of the ill-fated HM Airship No 1 “Mayfly”.

The real story of British naval aviation starts with papers written by the colourful Admiral Cochrane while still a Napoleonic War frigate captain. Later, RN observers during the American Civil War experienced balloon flight. By the close of the Nineteenth Century naval gunnery officers were regularly using Army balloons as observation platforms, spotting for naval guns landed in South Africa.

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NEW BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT: VHF AFLOAT *NEW EDITION!*

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How to obtain your radio license and operate a VHF radio set on your yacht or motorboat

The successful guide to VHF radio is now fully updated containing all the latest relevant updates including the latest technology developments and VHF protocols.

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