• Sailing, Yachts and Yarns

  • By: Tom Cunliffe
  • Narrated by: Tom Cunliffe
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (209 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Sailing, Yachts and Yarns is a selection of Tom Cunliffe’s funniest, wisest and most thought-provoking writing from the pages of Yachting Monthly. Tom’s love of language and sense of humour shine through as he recalls the wealth of sinners and saints he has met on docksides from Southampton to South America, Greenwich to Greenland and Newtown to New York. He has a gift for capturing the magic of sail and finding pearls of practical wisdom in the most unlikely nautical adventures. Sailing, Yachts and Yarns is a lively miscellany of a wit, wisdom and wonder.

It will make you laugh and make you think – and make you want to cast off to enjoy the delights of life afloat.

©2012 Tom Cunliffe (P)2012 Audible Ltd

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A jolly good collection!

Here here, God save the queen!
Highly recommended.
A grand collection of Tom's opinions, of which I agree on every one.

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Charming and Entertaining

Loved every story! Tom Cunliffe does a perfect job of narrating his own written word.

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A true masterpiece

I found Tom on YouTube. His narration and rib tickling jolly’s are sure to keep any land locked sailor smiling. Great fun. I hood Tom makes his other books audio books as I really enjoyed his narration

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Nice, maybe more on the entertainment side

Bunch of thoughts without an understandable (at least to me) order. Quick mix of sailors pub stories, dry Brit humour which I like with real boat related comments you may agree with as a 35 years as a sailor myself. Not every blog like this deserve a full book. For beginners it is probably useless as they won’t understand the context of most comments.

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Storied nautical quips

You don’t have to listen long to ascertain the author Tom Cunliffe packs an individualist ego and his POVs bare this out. But in due time you come to know he has been on a boat or two and sailed through some snot to arrive at his pulpit. And soon enough I noticed that the stuff that drives him to it is mostly the same as it is for other Mariners. A ridiculously complex yardstick to measure one’s worth, a bar or cove to share and commune and an opportunity to see the world as only a precious few ever have or will. If you’re planning to take off someday as I am you’ll get a few veteran nuggets as well.

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Fantastic

I love the stories and the humor. The author does a magnificent job narrating. I will be sure to look for more of his work.

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Tom is Brilliant!

Listen to it and you will love it. That's what I did and you don't need to make it any more complicated than that.

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Enchanting, thank you Mr. Cunliffe!

What a delight! The entire 'read' was superb. All other priorities were jettisoned over the side while I drank deeply from the vast array of 'single malts' so salubriously served by the author's inimitable life-long wealth of wit, humour, and unmistakable salty wisdom. From the first book I read from Mr. Cunliffe I have had a profound respect for the author and this has been the sticky-toffee pudding with cream and icecream to finish it off. It is my sincere hope that Mr. Cunliffe will be my RYA Yachtmaster Examiner in the not too distant future. Thank you sir!

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Fun

Good listen for any sailor. Great humor and lists of useful info on the sidelines.

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Excellent!

There may be no finer narrator than Tomy Cunliff certainly is maritime interests! This is the best you're going to enjoy of a lifetime of a real seaman !

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  • Slowhand
  • 10-10-20

Not that interesting

An opinionated author whose book contains too many clichés and too much predictable, unoriginal humour. A rather dull read.

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  • Mr. W. Jones
  • 10-24-19

This is a party political broadcast for UKIP...

.. Or is that the Brexit party. I suffered through the strange accusation that "Bureaucrats in Brussels" are somehow doing a bad thing in making sure you can't be ripped off with badly designed product, only to turn off as he immediately launched into a tirade against "Blame culture" and accuses British younger generations of suing everyone for everything. Obviously he can't back up these assertions, just drops them as "facts" and gets onto his next rant. It's a shame, because, he had a lot of charisma and if he could take off the rose tints for a few hours and just tell stories without telling his listener that everything was so much better in his day because (insert latest Daily Mail lie here), then this would be a fantastic book.

If you voted UKIP or Brexit and want a nice comfortable book telling you how you're great, you the salt of the earth who has never even seen an avocado are superior in every way (please, behold the master race) then you will love this. Even if you have no interest in sailing. If on the other hand, you know that the Sailing Frenchman singularly proves that life is just as good now, and sailors are just as skilled and adventurous as grandpa's generation, give this one a miss, it might make you vomit.

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  • stephen
  • 07-28-21

Entertaining tales and knowledge, if reactionary

Tom is a great tale teller and has loads of anecdotes and wry and sharp observations on cruising and yachting in general. He is obviously vastly experienced and well worth listening to. He does talk a load of guff about the brussels bureacrats when he means general health and safety, as if these decisins were made by europe alone and the uk had no part in it, which is patent nonsense.
He does get a bit Britain first sounding sometimes when prattling about flag ettiquette and how we built the empire and ranting about rcd measures which gets a bit annoying, and makes you want to argue with him in the pub :) Even with that, its an excellent treasure trove of opinion, and if you learn nothing you then weren't listening to the man.

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  • Robert Charles Weston
  • 03-23-21

A mixed bag

I enjoy many of Tom’s stories and he has a wealth of experience, however I find two parts quite wearying. The first is his unending campaign against increasing instrumentation, where he blames it for errors that were human in origin. This features heavily in many of his articles and although I take his point that we should not rely overly on electronics, it would be great to have some stories of how useful they can be as well.

However, the part of this which actually annoyed me was the article where he essentially says that because the tides have not changed level and it’s still cold in winter, global warming does not exist. I’m more than a little concerned that such an influential figure in the yachting world can actually still hold these views in the face of overwhelming scientific evidence...

Other than that, some good yarns here but many to be taken with a pinch of salt!

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  • Adrian Moss (Binkle)
  • 07-23-20

brilliamt

exciting and v interesting. fast pace. educational. ell worth a listen for all yachts people and travellers

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  • Public Profi
  • 09-28-19

Informative and fun sea tales

A string of magazine articles published as a book but none the worse for this and makes for easy listening for the armchair sailor.

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  • RONPZ
  • 05-17-18

Tom is not a narrator

Good stories but would be better with someone else telling the stories other than the author

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  • Music fan
  • 05-09-22

Master storyteller

I could listen to Tom for hours. I just did in fact. Excellent storytellin. I wish there were more.

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  • Tom S
  • 04-09-22

Too much old man rant

Sailing is a passion. The author would have done well in relaying more of that and less of his passionate hatred of regulation.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-28-21

Wonderful

I’m old enough and have been around boats enough to find memory after memory rekindled. Sadly I never sailed as far or as wide as Tom has but his warmth, humour, knowledge, experience held me throughout. Add in his dislike of poorly applied authority and his evident respect and concern for our planet there is a lot to encourage us to think about how we lead our lives without hectoring or lecturing. I am delighted that I selected this book.

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  • Shane Geard
  • 11-24-17

Bliss

This book is a sailing gem. I couldn't stop listening, and I was swept from outright laughs to just letting the nautical language and wealth of anecdotes wash over me. Beautifully delivered by Tom Cunliffe, thank you.

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  • Cam
  • 02-03-22

Easy entertainment

Loved the easy flowing, entertaining nauticsl stories. Stories full of laughs and colourful descriptive language.