The Dinghy Cruising Companion
Last year Roger Barnes published a book about dinghy cruising, named as The Dinghy Cruising Companion. Many consider it as a classic right from the beginning. The book covers practically all fields of dighy cruising well-informed and accurate way.
When the author was younger, he sailed dinghies, but as he became older and wealthier, he decided to move on to bigger sailing boats. He sailed a six-ton cutter for many years and her sea-worthiness was superior to that of dinghies. However, eventually he sold her, to make a return to dinghy sailing. The author noticed covering more nautical miles in the dinghy than in the yacht. Nowadays he is a president of Dinghy Cruising Association in United Kingdom and is an author of several articles in the recognized Classic Boat magazine.
Roger Barnes draws attention to the unfortunate modern trend, which makes dinghy designs to focus on racing primaririly. Even the latest developments of Wayfarer class have not avoided this trend completely. The author himself is a friend of cruising sailing and that can be seen well through the whole book. His own boat is a design of French naval architect [Francois Vivier], a wooden