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Casting Off Tradition

Setting sail with visionary boatbuilder David Binks

Trevor Gill, James Hardy

Casting Off Tradition
From their first attempts to sail or row beyond the horizon thousands of years ago, men have been building boats from timber.

David Binks's childhood dream was to float and sail, making his first craft from a single wooden plank. When he began his boatbuilding apprenticeship at 17, David learnt the age-old technique of working with plank and rib. But within a year, the possibilities of fibreglass gripped his imagination and changed the boating world. David was at the forefront of the international revolution of boatbuilding, and the coming of age for boatbuilding and racing in Australia.

Introduced by one of Australia's most famous sailors, America's Cup and Admiral's Cup legend Sir James Hardy, Casting Off Tradition is a story of vision, ingenuity, drama, champion sailors, colourful characters and adventure.

Praise for Casting off Tradition:
'A most interesting insight into the life of David Binks.' - Peter Campbell, Afloat

'For readers who mess about in boats, particularly sailing vessels, this book will have enormous appeal.' - Christopher Bantick, The Weekly Times

Trevor Gill is a former daily columnist, sporting and feature writer with News Limited in Australia. He was also a correspondent in England and Sri Lanka and worked on assignments in New Zealand and Japan. He served as a Board Member of Falie Project Limited, the body responsible for maintaining South Australia’s last surviving ketch as a tourism and educational resource. He was a Director and Chairman of SA Tall Ships Incorporate which operated the tall ship One & All, delivering excellence in youth development voyages for young South Australians. He is also a former chairman of Yorke Peninsula’s Saltwater Classic, a biennial event for wooden and classic boats.

Category Biography/Autobiography/True Stories
Format Paperback
Size 234 x 156 mm
ISBN 9781743054956
Extent 344 pages
Price: AU$39.95 including GST
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