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A Race for Real Sailors

June 2008

"A Race for Real Sailors is clearly a labour of love as well as of scholarship. It is beautifully designed, its broad format doing justice to the half dozen maps and over fifty photographs. …As a professional marine and sometime crewmember of the Bluenose II, the author obviously relishes the opportunity to recreate each race, tack by tack. Fortunately he has the wit to do so in accessible language and with verve."

International Journal of Maritime History, Jun 30, 2008
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June 2007

“Keith McLaren has done a fine job in recounting the Bluenose story without glossing over the more difficult parts… [and] generally does a first-class job of describing the racing and the incessant infighting that went on both during and between each Series. …[He] has a great eye for a good photograph, and has gone to considerable extremes to locate the best archival photographs, many never published before.”

Northern Mariner Magazine, Jun 1, 2007
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A Race for Real Sailors

January 2007

“The tone has a mad old ring to it and the races brought to public light some of the fever of the fishing and the characters it had spawned. It’s a great book, and it puts you on deck of these tough-man boats in tough waters.”

Classic Boat Magazine, Jan 1, 2007
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June 2006

"A Race for Real Sailors is a real winner... both as a tribute to Canadian schooners and sailors and as a showpiece for Canadian writing, graphics and production."

Times Colonist, Jun 18, 2006
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May 2006

"McLaren's Book includes nail-biting accounts of the races, which provided high drama both on and off the water." "The book also paints a highly entertaining picture of the famous captain of perhaps the most famous schooner: Bluenose skipper Walters..."

Chronicle Herald (Halifax), May 28, 2006
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April 2006

"...superb story of the sea." "A Race for Real Sailors paints a vivid picture of the dangerous life of deep-water fishermen as their world was being taken over by safer but much less romantic trawlers. McLaren's riveting race descriptions are interspersed with fascinating back-ground facts... and vivid contemporary language..." "This is a book for anyone with an interest in the iconic Bluenose, Canadian history, the sea, or just a darned good story."

Quill & Quire, Apr 1, 2006
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