Bering Sea Strong is a tale of adventure and self-discovery. The story portrays a young woman on a solo journey, pushed to the edge of the earth and further from the weight of family — marked by divorce, death, disability, and depression — and a life she desires on land.
Locked at sea for ninety days as the lone female trying to tuck in tight alongside twenty-five rough-and-tumble commercial fishermen in Alaska, Laura Hartema offers a rare glimpse into the intertwining worlds of a fisheries observer and the crew she works beside. She graphically illustrates the challenges of daily life and relationships in a way few have seen before. Her story provides an unprecedented portrait of the bizarre and entertaining human dynamics aboard an at-sea catcher-processor vessel, where men battle dangerous working conditions, loneliness, and boredom while rivaling for the attention of the only woman.
Between trough and crest, Laura ponders the trauma and tragedies of her Midwest childhood as her capabilities and resilience are regularly tested. She is often left deciding when to "blow it off"; and when to "blow a gasket." In the end, the tumultuous Bering Sea is where she finds the strength to overcome the wounds of her past, embrace life's uncertainty, and steam ahead into the unchartered waters of her future. Bering Sea Strong demonstrates one woman's determination to overcome obstacles in pursuit of a satisfying career and a better life.
About the Author
Laura Hartema was born and raised in Chicagoland and earned a Bachelor of Science in biology from College of the Ozarks in Branson, Missouri. The challenging work and adventures depicted in Bering Sea Strong led to Hartema’s present career as an ecologist focusing on stream and wetland restoration. Her passion for her work and love for nature spills into her community, where she leads volunteers in stream enhancement efforts. She encourages others to seek inspiration, beauty, and humor in her blog, Love This Day (www.LauraHartema.com). Hartema resides in the Seattle area and spends much of her time outdoors embracing Puget Sound and the Cascade and Olympic mountains.
Title: Bering Sea Strong: How I Found Solid Ground on Open Ocean
Author: Laura Hartema
Published: March 13, 2018
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By Tom Cunliffe
Tom Cunliffe is one of the world's greatest champions of traditional sailing boats, and is considered the guru of gaff rig sailors. Having worked these beautiful boats all his life, his knowledge is second to none.
In Hand, Reef & Steer — winner of the Best Book of the Sea Award — Tom explains the different sailing characteristics of classic craft and shares his knowledge of the special skills required to handle them. He describes how to manage heavy loads using tackles rather than winches and reveals the mysteries of making the boat work for you rather than fighting with her gear. He shares step by step advice on setting up the rig; sail handling skills (hoisting, setting and reefing) heavy and light air sailing; manouevring a long-keel boat; losing way, scandalizing and steering with sails, topsails, watersails, single-luff spinnakers and fisherman staysails; and much, much more.
And for this new edition Tom had added new material on modern gaffers, replicas and a whole new section on sailing aspirational large gaffers. Hand, Reef & Steer, with its wonderful watercolour drawings and atmospheric photos, will delight all who love the unique character and grace of classic craft.
"Superb" — Cruising
"A delightful book" — WoodenBoat
Title: Hand, Reef and Steer: Traditional Sailing Skills for Classic Boats, 2nd Edition
Author: Tom Cunliffe
Publisher: Adlard Coles Nautical
Published: July 19, 2016
Edition: 2nd Edition
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Ports and Passes is the most complete reference guide for tide and current information along our beautiful coastline. The book is easy to use and includes the majority of the primary and secondary tide and current data stations. The guide is adjusted for daylight savings time, a convenience over the Canadian Government publications. It includes tide and current prediction table coverage for the coastal area from Olympia, WA to Prince Rupert BC. Ports and Passes also includes information on local knowledge and other information useful to the cruising mariner.
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The most comprehensive tide and current resource for Puget Sound, Strait of Juan de Fuca, Hood Canal, and the San Juan Islands. Exclusive page-a-day format provides all tide and current predictions needed each day on a single page. Official NOAA tidal data is pre-corrected for Daylight Saving Time. Easy-to-read graphs provide continuous tide readouts not just the highs and lows. 24 locations virtually eliminate correction tables. Sunrise and set times, moon phases, plus more. Published annually since 1992, this trusted pocket-size Almanac is spiral bound to lay flat when open.