Tom Cunliffe has crossed many oceans. If blue water cruising is your game, this is the book for you. Part 1 covers celestial navigation - fixing your position by sextant. This is an interesting and elegant method of knowing where you are - and may save your life some day. Even in this electronic age, it is a skill every skipper should possess. Part 2 looks at the world's weather systems and how to use them to your advantage. Hurricanes and typhoons are analysed - with the emphasis on avoiding them! But if a trade wind squall strikes or an approaching hurricane looks like slipping by your strategic defences, Cunliffe is on hand with remedial advice. Part 3 explains what you actually do out at sea. It covers gathering information, making plans, what to take, how to run watch systems, and the delight of making long passages. Paperback. 96 pages. July 2006.