fortitudine vincimus

etting a bit more serious in paddle exercising day after day. I start to carry a 15kg (of brick and stone) load onto my kayak, and would gradually increase the load. Also, resting time between each paddling legs is reduced to the minimum possible. Sunny or rainy, until today, a 20 km paddling path is just like a gentle promenade to me, I should be more aggressing and demanding on myself.

But practicing hard won’t stop me to relax and have some nice picture shot occasionally along the way. Whenever I’m tired or feeling down, there’re always the nice sceneries, and the motto (on this post title) to put my mood into order again! For more on the Latin motto, read about Ernest Shackleton, his polar explorations, and his incredible voyage on the 21 foot open boat James Caird!

boating books

ome very worth reading books on boating. Some are very well – known novels that I’ve read already (a few of them in multiple times), some are new documents that I’m reading or plan to. According to my categorization, they fall into the following 3 groups: Fiction, purely imaginary, although not real, they’re highly inspirational, Non – fiction, real accounts of real peoples and their adventures, Technical, the fundamental details that help building those archivements. My 3 simplified, consecutive steps of a self – actualization process… All these books are available in public domain, I collected and compiled into PDF format, click on each titles to download.

FICTION





Twenty thousand leagues under the sea – Jules Verne

Sea wolf – Jack London

Treasure island – Robert Louis Stevenson

Moby dick – Herman Melville, my all – time favorite, a piece of hard to read, highly metaphoric literature

NON – FICTION


A thousand miles in a Rob Roy canoe – J. Macgregor


Voyage of the paper canoe – Nathaniel Bishop


Alone in the Caribbean – Frederic Fenger


Sailing alone around the world – Joshua Slocum, my favorite, another neo – classical Ahap captain!

TECHNICAL


The dory book – John Gardner


Small boat building – H.W. Patterson


Canoe and boat building for amateurs – W.P. Stephens


The Gougeon brothers on boat construction, a very helpful, thorough book on wood working and epoxy.

the call

We’re all following a strange melody.
We’re all summoned by a tune…
And we dance beneath the moon!

The piper remixed – ABBA

eally busy lately, can’t even find some little time slots for going paddling! For many time I’ve been hearing it, the tune sounds like Enya’s Orinoco Flow (a.k.a: Sail away), and I know, it’s calling, it’s calling me. I just have to “Slide to answer”, but pressing “Remind me” is my only option right now! 🙁 Surely won’t miss your next call again!