Street’s Guide to the Cape Verde Islands
|Author||Don Street Jr.|
Author: Don Street Jr., Pages: 172
Street’s Guide to the Cape Verde Islands is the first and only cruising guide for the Cape Verde Islands. Printed in 2011 it is a completely up-to-date, full-color guide that includes charts and sketches not available through any other source, as well as GPS waypoints, harbor and marina information, local knowledge and much more.
Don Street has a message for all sailors planning to cross the Atlantic via the trade-wind route:
“Forget about spending Christmas in the Caribbean, which forces you to cross the Atlantic in late November and early December when the trades are erratic and sometimes light to nonexistent. Instead, spend Christmas cruising and exploring the Cape Verde Islands and set off in late December or early January, after the trades have settled in, and be almost guaranteed a fast passage. They’re not called the Christmas Winds for nothing! ”
To back up this advice, Don has written Street’s Guide to the Cape Verde Islands. In it, he provides a historical and cultural commentary to add color to his down-to-earth descriptions of more than 50 potential anchorages (potential, because while a few are well known, a great many of them are rarely visited by any other than local boats). Any sailor with a sense of adventure who reads this guide will find plenty of reasons to go exploring in the Cape Verdes — enough, perhaps, to occupy the entire month of December.
Don’s first hardback cruising guide, A Cruising Guide to the Lesser Antilles, opened up the entire eastern Caribbean to cruising sailors, and made chartering a bareboat there a realizable dream for thousands. Street’s Guide to the Cape Verde Islands could have a similar impact on sailors’ ideas about the Cape Verdes.
As well as writing his cruising guides, since 1979 Don has been plowing his research of all the Atlantic and eastern Caribbean islands into the Imray-Iolaire charts published by Imray, Laurie, Norie & Wilson. Since a series of articles mentioning the Cape Verde Islands and Don Street’s guide appeared recently in Yachting World, Imray reports a spike in sales of the Imray-Iolaire chart of the Cape Verdes. Don estimates that sales of this chart will triple this year over the average sales. The numbers indicate a marked growth in interest in the Cape Verdes, which could very well translate into strong sales of Street’s Guide to the Cape Verde Islands.
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