I have included as “yachting”: all boats that rely primarily on their sails for their movement. I have therefore included books on sailing dinghies. I have taken “yachting” to include both cruising and racing.
I needed to define “British”. Essentially I have ignored the achievement of the Republic of Ireland’s independence and garnered the literature of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. To cease including Irish yachting after the 1920’s did not seem sensible.
Additionally, I have entered books written by non-British authors, that were published by British publishers. To ignore such authors as Slocum or Moitissier similarly, did not seem sensible.
The time span covered by the Bibliography covers 1595 to 2005. A cut off had to be chosen and I have ended on the year of Ellen MacArthur's record breaking circumnavigation. Books of exceptional interest after that date are included, but not systematically.
I have included complete listing of articles in the Royal Cruising Club’s annual “Season” yearbook of notable logs, which began in the 1880’s and continues to the present, re-titled after 1960 as “Roving Commissions”. I made this editorial decision because firstly, since 1960, this annual volume has been available as a book that anyone may purchase. Earlier volumes can be found in nautical second- hand bookshops. This club counted and counts among its members many of the famous pioneers in British yacht cruising. I am deeply grateful to the Club’s archivist, Claude Thornhill, for his assistance.
I have included fictional accounts - novels, short stories etc. – which contain accounts of yacht sailing.
I have tried to include all means of representing yachting, so painters, such as the Van der Veldes, Tuke and Hemy, and their French counterparts Boudin and Monet are represented; also photography, and rarer entries concerning music and songs relevant to yachting.
A given topic has a “surround” of other activities, to which it appears related and have kinship with. In the case of yachting, one such area is
commercial sail. This can be seen by the regular inclusion of articles and pictures of “The Tall Ships” in the yachting press. While it had declined severely by the end of the First World War, a great number of autobiographies were written during the Interwar period and even more recently, spearheaded by Alan Villiers’ books and enthusiasm for these vessels. I have therefore included many texts on commercial sail.
To give a more rounded picture of the authors, where an author had written a sailing text, I have included other works by that author, which may have nothing to do with sailing – for example, Victorian authors on religious topics; Arthur Ransome on fishing and Russian folktales. Some readers may feel these additions are irrelevant, but I have included them to “thicken” our knowledge of these writers and their interests.
For the same reason
, autobiographies and biographies of authors of sailing texts have been included in the Bibliography.
Areas which are likely to be less well represented at present are How To Manuals; pilot guides and coffee table yacht racing books.

What has been excluded?
No motorboating. This Bibliography does not include texts on motorboating, except where an author of texts on sailing, has written on motorboating.
No journal or magazine articles