The West Country Cruising Companion is an essential read for sailors

PUBLISHED: 11:52 11 August 2014 | UPDATED: 11:52 11 August 2014

Mark Fishwick

Mark Fishwick


Devon author Mark Fishwick is celebrating 25 years since releasing a book jam-packed with information on the hottest costal hotspots the West Country has to offer.

Mark FishwickMark Fishwick

Mark, who is also a keen yachtsman, has now re-released West Country Cruising Companion in an eighth edition which he says a blend of pilotage and boating information with a wealth of historical detail and local knowledge.

Each chapter provides an informative path between areas and includes everything readers need to know, from the best ways to navigate Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton’s waters to finding the best eateries dotted in and around picturesque Cornish coastal towns.

Mark’s book also contains a slightly leisurely tone – an informative chat which makes for easy and assured reading to all ages.

He said: “I was asked if I would like to write the book by the then-editor of Yachting Monthly, Andrew Bray. It was the first book I had ever written and I was very pleased to be asked.”

West Country Cruising Companion by Mark FishwickWest Country Cruising Companion by Mark Fishwick

Spurred on by his vast wealth of local knowledge from growing up beside the River Exe, Mark’s first chapter in his guide has all the details of the long stretch of water and two others - the Teign and Dart.

“I was really given free rein on the book,” he added. “I think it appeals to both residents and visitors and encourages them to explore.”

Mark continued writing until he finished 272-page guide and added that he still reads his book when sailing and exploring.

“There is so much information in the book, every time I use it there is something I forget I had written,” he said.

Mark FishwickMark Fishwick

Mark now lives just outside of Lympstone and remains active on the waters. His book can be purchased from several booksellers.

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