The best thing about sailing is the journey. But sometimes the wind gods are just not on your side. When that happens you are left floating like a stray piece of cork in a wine glass.
If you’re a grizzled old sailor there is no way you’ll turn the engine on before floating at least two hours.
When that happens go into the galley grab a cold beer and find some shade and read a book.
Here is the official Danielis Yachting 2016 Top 5 Boat Reads:
1) Book of the Marvels of the World
In italian "Il Milione by Marco Polo" - Marco Polo recalls his travels from Europe, through Asia and his time spent with Kublai Khan (the grandson of Genghis Khan). The best part is Marco Polo was born on the island of Korcula. So sail to his birth place, buy the book and set sail east.
2) The old man and the sea Earnest Hemingway
It’s a cliche, but it’s a cliche for a reason. And if you don’t like it start drinking like Papa and the wind lull will be a breeze.
3) Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
A story of Louis Zamperini and his crash in the pacific ocean as a US airman. After reading this incredible story of hardship, survival and one mans unbroken resolve, the 5% left on your iPhone battery won’t matter as much.
4) Moby Dick by Herman Melville
A classic, this books has got more layers than an onion. Start hunting for the white whale with cpt. Ahab, when all the lights go dark on the ship, step outside and start reading under the stars.
5) Corto Maltese: The Ballad of the Salt Sea by Hugo Pratt
This is the first time we meet Corto Maltese - a sailor and adventurer, son of a gypsy born without a destiny line on his palm, which he later on carved himself with a knife. The stories told about Corto are works of art both for their amazing artwork and the fantastic stories. Once you start reading about Corto you will forever be looking out for new shores to explore, and new things to experience. We did save the best for last, and Corto is the best it gets.