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Looking back and paying it forward

The cover leaves the impression that if you see a shark whilst crouching in the water, you should don a coat, but really, it's a good book.
Something out of the ordinary today, as I once again attempt to acknowledge the fellowship of sailing and the generosity of my fellow sailors by offering (wait for it) a book prize. Not too many blogs bother to hand out goods to their readership, but this is a special case.
These are Ken and Lynn from the well-travelled Silverheels III spotted, unusually for them, in front of a fireplace.
 The Handbook of Survival at Sea, by British author Chris Beeson, came to me courtesy of veteran cruisers (and hashers and boat repair in exotic locationers) Ken and Lynn from the Niagara 35 Silverheels III. Mrs. Alchemy, the Cabin Boy and myself spent at enjoyable evening with them recently here in Toronto as they were back (and shivering) for a vacation from their permanent vacation. They kindly offered me a copy of this helpful volume (along with a part-used tube of caulking which is going on the porch flashing), which had been, in turn, given to them. But they already had a copy. So did I, via the 2010 "Safety at Sea" seminar I attended. But, being part of a thrifty fraternity, I pledged to find this useful book a good home.

So here's the deal: The first person who wants it, gets it, but must come and get it, either from my home or my boat club. Contact me via commenting on this post, and leave a working email. I will reply with my contact info and a time on which we can agree to hand off.

I would suggest this is only practical, the book in question being of a $20 value, to those of my readers in the greater Toronto area, although if you are visiting by boat, that would work, too. Should I get no reply within one week, I will donate The Handbook to my club's Junior Sailing Program, where perhaps it will be of some use in keeping the little Opti and 420 crews undrowned, although they do a pretty good job of that already. Thanks particularly to Ken and Lynn for giving me the idea, and fair winds to you now that you are back in the sufficiently warm tropics!


John C said...

I don't have it...if you think I could use it please bring it tomorrow. However if there is a more worthy candidate please give it to him or her. Thank you.

Rhys said...

Wow, that didn't take long! People are going to suspect a fix...but John, it couldn't go to a nicer skipper. I'll bring it tomorrow.

Thanks to all my readers!

The Ceol Mors said...

I just wish I could pop in to get away from this heat, no book bribe necessary!

Rhys said...

Hi, C. Don't know if you've seen a weather map with the jet stream, but you in Texas and our East and West Coasts are all pretty roasting. It's only the center of the continent down to Ohio or so that has been for the most part cool and often rainy. So I'd be willing to trade some 34C/90F days with you for our 18C/64F ones. I will admit it's cooler to cycle and to work aboard the boat these days, but Toronto rarely calls for a sweater in July. It actually gets as hot here as Chicago or New York City much of July and August. When are you and the family setting off? It must be getting close.