Saving Sailing Named Finalist for Indie Book of the Year in Adventure/Recreation

Yaay! Congratulations to Nick Hayes, author of Saving Sailing (Crickhollow Books, 2009). Saving Sailing was chosen as one of six finalists for ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year competition in the Adventure/Recreation category.

This is one of the top indie-press annual competitions, highlighting “examples of independent publishing at its best” . . . so we’re thrilled here at Crickhollow Books.

And while the recognition is great, as gratifying is the real impact the book is having in sailing circles – with individuals, families, and program coordinators working to improve sailing club programs.

Nick makes a compelling argument for the inter-generational, family-based mentoring that made the sport so popular in its heyday, from the glamorous Kennedy clan to many community-based, low-cost, high-fun sailing clubs that sprang up in bays and lakes across America. Nick’s book reveals the patterns (social and individual) that make sailing – or any similar recreational / cultural activity, be it hunting, fishing, or any such thing – a lifelong pursuit.

The subtitle of his book suggests its scope: Saving Sailing: The Story of Choices, Families, Time Commitments and How We Can Create a Better Future.

As editor, I’ve often described it as like the book Bowling Alone . . . which wasn’t just about bowling! It also has a lot in common with a recent bestseller, Last Child in the Woods, by Richard Louv.

Hayes actively races and cruises with his family out of the South Shore Yacht Club of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is currently on the board of the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center, leading its program committee.

Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners for the Book of the Year Awards will be announced at BookExpo America in New York City on May 25. Good luck to Saving Sailing . . . and to all the other worthy finalists! May all see great success and add their indie-press voices to American literature.

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