2006-12-07 / About Town

Island writer tells how to survive a storm at sea

If you are looking for a great Christmas present for that sailor on your gift list, Roger Marshall's latest book might be the answer.

"Rough Weather Seamanship for Sail and Power," recently published by McGraw-Hill, is filled with practical information on coping with heavy weather for both the coastal cruiser and the offshore boater.

Marshall, who has lived in Jamestown for 26 years and is a gardening and boating columnist for the Jamestown Press, presents the information in a logical style, starting with the basics: understanding weather and the waves it creates.

Then Marshall, a naval architect, discusses how to select the proper boat and choose the right equipment to improve your odds of surviving a storm at sea. He outlines what to do before heavy weather arrives and tactics for handling the vessel in extreme conditions. There is more to be done than just battening the hatches.

He details how to keep your crew safe, and then addresses damage control and what to do when you need help at sea.

He also shares advice on how to protect your boat from stormy seas while it is moored or dockside.

A native of England, Marshall is the U.S. editor of the Yacht Report, the leading super-yacht magazine. He is also the editor of Boat Builder magazine, and currently serves as president of Boating Writers International. He has written 11 books on marine topics.

Marshall worked for more than five years as a yacht designer at Sparkman & Stephens before opening his own office in Jamestown. His latest design is a 24-foot production bass boat for Avid Yachts.

A veteran sailor, Marshall was involved with Courageous American Cup challenge from 1983 to 1987. He has sailed in five Fastnets and 11 Bermuda races, and the Admiral's Cup.

He and his wife Mary have two sons, David and Michael. Marshall says he can usually be found at East Ferry Deli on most days at 6 a.m. when he is not traveling the globe.

He is currently at work on a book about greenhouses.

- Jeff McDonough

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