How to Sail Around the World
and live to Tell the Tale of Your Adventures
School of Library & Information Science
UNC-Chaplel Hill, NC
First Published: December 11, 2001
December 13, 2001
"pathfinder" is a tool that libraries often prepare to help searchers
find sources of information in their particular field of study. They
can be narrow or wide in scope depending on the topic and desired depth
of information. In many cases, as with this particular pathfinder, they
are used to gather bibliographic information together to get the search
This pathfinder is intended to help people living in the Seattle, Washington
area research how to prepare for a sailing trip around the world. These
are by no means the only sources available. This particular list of
sources has been collected in order to get someone started on their
journey by connecting them with materials that they can learn from as
they prepare for the biggest adventure of their life.
About This Pathfinder
of the entries in this pathfinder is annotated in order to familiarize
the searcher with resources from the internet, the Seattle community,
and two local libraries in Seattle. The resources are organized by subject
rather than by type of material.
The sources collected include maps, navigation software, weather websites,
health and safely precautions, sailing club info, educational videos,
some basics on how to buy a boat, as well as a fiction/non-fiction stories
about other people's successful and not-so-successful stories of adventures
on the high seas.
Hopefully this list of resources will ease much of the burden of readying
one's self ahead of time in order to avoid as many last-minute changes
and stresses (and potential life-threatening oversights) as possible.
In moving through the resources in this pathfinder, a searcher will
be able to answer the following questions:
How should I prepare?
What "stuff" should I learn and acquire?
How will I find my way?
Who else has attempted this and other similar types of trips and travels?
of this Pathfinder
This sources included in this pathfinder are divided
into the following 6 areas:
1. Where Water Meets the Sky: Reference Materials for Getting Started
2. Jig in the Rig: Learning to Sail
3. Sloops, Yawls, Cutters, and Ketches: Selecting a Boat
4. Live to Tell: Health and Safety at Sea
5. Finding Your Way: Ocean Maps and Celestial Navigation
6. Be Inspired, Be Warned: True Tales and Other Ocearnic Adventurers
Each section consists of a mix of all types of mediums
(electronic, print, video, audio, and community groups).
All of the sources listed in this pathfinder can
be found in at least one of the following places:
Sciences Library and Information Center (HSLIC),
T227 Health Sciences Building, Box 357155; Seattle, WA 98195-7155 http://healthlinks.washington.edu/hsl/locations/books.html
Seattle Public Library: Temporary Central Location,
800 Pike St., Seattle, WA 98101
Suzzallo/Allen Library: University of Washington,
Box 352900, Seattle, WA 98195-2900
Various locations on the Internet
Some sources also available to purchase on www.amazon.com
The following search tools were used to locate the
sources in this pathfinder:
searched the Internet using the search enginge, Google
Link to the University of Washington's Online Catalog:
Link to the Seattle Public Library's Online Catalog:
To obtain a Seattle Public Library Card:
Start your search
by entering valid LC (Library of Congress) search terms. The Library
of Congress is responsible for coming up with the most comprehensive
and widely used subject headings. These subject headings are how people
search for info in library catalogs. The system (http://www.loc.gov/cds/lcsh.html)
acts as a controlled vocabulary for representing subjects and forms
of books and serials in the Library of Congress collection.
Here's the running list of LC subject headings I've been searching under
for this pathfinder on How to Sail Around the World and Live to Tell
the Tale of Your Adventures:
Heavy Weather Seamanship
Sail and Sailing
Sailing Clubs - United States - Directories
Sailing - Handbooks
Sailing Inland and Offshore
Seaports and Shipping World
Transportation - Ships and Sailing
Voyages Around the World
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