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STOKES, Francis. The Mooneshine Logs. (Dobbs Ferry, NY) : Sheridan House, (1994). First Edition. Pp (8),1-222,(2). Illustrated. 8vo, red cloth, glt lettering to spine.
Reflections of a New Jersey-born singlehanded ocean racer, recalling epic contests such as the 1976 OSTAR race and the 1982-83 BOC Challenge.
"The Moonestone Logs is a wonderfully moving and insightful account of Francis Stokes' modest beginnings on ocen racing to his later triumphs sailing his beloved Mooneshine. He tells of his first transatlantic crossing in 1970 when he sailed Crazy Jane from Barnegat Bay, New Jersey, to Plymouth, England. During the next fifteen years, Francis Stokes participated as a singlehander in many of the major ocean races of the time.
He entered the OSTAR 1976 race with Mooneshine, a Valiant 40. "Easy sailing through the night broug us into Plymouth the next morning. At 2 days this has remained my fastest crossing, but we were quickly put in our place by Walter Green, who had just crossed in his small multihull in 16 days. There beside us was Cap 33, a 53-foot trimaran resembling a great orange spider. An even larger trimaran arrived from California, sailed by a delivery crew. Mooneshine had come to race against these? What had I done?"
More races followed: seveal Bermuda: One-Two races and then the OSTAR in 1890, which became known as the "American Challenge", with 19 American Boats, and unusual American presence among the winners.
Then in 1982-1983 Stokes participated in the first BOC Challenge, the singlehanded round-the-world race. "Thus I harbord certain anti-social impulses and was prey to dreams, whikle fortune was bringing people and events together to form what became known as the BOC Challenge." Stokes describes in detail the various legs of the ice, the first run from Newport to Cape Town, South Africa, keeping in radio contact with his competitors; after Cape Town, the Indian Ocean and a daring rescue of Tony Lush, who had to abandon his damaged boat, Lady Pepperell and kept Stokes company for the next 4500 miles to Sydney, Australia. Atter Sydney came the Tasman Sea, the Roaring Forties, and on to Cape -lorn. "I turned northeast toward Cape Horn, thinking to gain the lee of Tierra del Fuego and losing hope of sighting anything. Surprise was total when the mists suddenly parted in late afternoon to reveal a high, dark island. I was five miles due south and close enougn to see details of the rock." Rio de Janeiro and the last leg back to Newport followed.
The Mooneshine Logs provides a rare insight into a remarkable sailor and events of an important time in offshore racing. Ocean racers will love it, but there is much here for cruisers and armchair sailors as well. Stokes' comments on the current singlehanding scene and the nature of solo sailing are especially valuable." (from the dj).
1. Crazy Jane.
2. Mooneshine, the first voyage.
3. Mooneshine, the Atlantic 1976.
4. OSTAR 1976.
5. Bermuda 1977.
6. Bermuda 1979.
7. The American Challenge 1980.
8. BOC challenge.
9. To Cape Town.
10. Indian Ocean.
12. Cape Horn.
13. North to Rio de Janeiro.
14. Rio and Newport.
Epilogue: full circle.
Very good in unclipped dustjacket. 20.00
Title: The Mooneshine Logs. First Edition in dustjacket
Publisher: Sheridan House, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., 1994, ISBN:0924486678: 1994
ISBN Number: 0924486678
ISBN Number 13: 9780924486678
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