The Black Sea Cruising Guide Gets a Good Review

The Black Sea book coverHappy 2013! We’ve been busy in the off-season with various writing projects, including another book, this one about Sierra Leone, edited by David, and contributions to a NatGeo blog on global lake topics written by Lisa.

See our updated Publications page for links to books, blogs, and articles about our sailing adventures aboard Gyatso and other topics of interest to us.

We’re also starting to see reviews of The Black Sea cruising guide and receive feedback from cruising sailors who have used it.

The Ocean Cruising Club published a review of The Black Sea in the latest issue of the Flying Fish journal (2012/2):

The Black Sea is a comprehensive and delightfully readable guide to the ports and anchorages around the shores of the Black Sea, and should have a major impact in attracting cruisers to a region only recently opened to yachting…”

When you go to the effort of writing a cruising guide, it’s always nice to hear feedback from people who have used it for their own voyage:

“Based on the text-only version of your Black Sea cruising guide, we circumnavigated the Black Sea (without visiting Georgia and Russia) from May to July 2012. Our route was Istanbul-Samsun-Yalta-Odessa-Sulina-Burgas…We experienced a great journey and are happy that we have made it against all the skeptical comments we received during the planning. A big thank to you Lisa and David, without your cruising guide we would not have made it!”

–Albert Laux S/Y Ceti Switzerland, 12 September 2012

In 2011, the RCC Pilotage Foundation published a text-only version of the guide that was available for free download until the full guide became available in April 2012. Last summer, we received information about a new marina that opened in Sevastopol, Ukraine and reports from the skippers of several other yachts, including one with a seven-foot draft, about silting in harbors along the Turkish coast from severe winter storms in 2011-12. These and other updates will be included in an online supplement to the guide on the Imray and RCC Pilotage Foundation websites.