Our Crew Recommends...

The best books, films and resources on sailing, conservation and the magic of the ocean that our Crew has seen, read and listened to. 

We think you'll love them, too!

Great for marina nights, reading on deck or listening to during a calm night-watch...

(P.s. get second-hand books where you can, let's save trees! 🌳)

 

Watch

The Story of Plastic

Wow. Just wow. Sometimes brutally visual account of our plastic world. We dropped single-use plastics as fast as our jaw hit the floor when watching this docufilm. A got-to-watch-it-to-believe it...

Chasing Coral

You can catch this on Netflix - a beautiful documentary about the amazing animals that are corals. For those of us who spend more time above the waterline than under it, this film is a must -see education.

Sea Gypsies

An 8,000 mile Pacific crossing from New Zealand to Patagonia, with a stop in Antarctica on a 120-foot hand-built sailing ketch, helmed by a crew of wandering nomads - heart- warming and heart-stopping!

Maiden

Gripping as gripping can be, Maiden is the story of Traci Edwards MBE and her quest for freedom. She was a 24-year-old cook in charter boats who became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World in 1989. No one took them seriously. They should have...

My Octopus Teacher

True footage of one man, one octopus and a wonderfully rich habitat off the Western Cape of South Africa. A beautifully poignant story of trust, friendship and the cycle of life.

A Plastic Ocean

Following the journey of plastic - where it starts, how it enters our environment, how it breaks down and how it enters our food chain. The film reminded us of why we do what we do, and why raising awareness of our impact on our oceans is so important.

Following Seas

A docu-film about Nancy, a woman who just had to sail. A husband, expanding family and 20 ocean crossings later, Nancy narrates their stories of adventure, unconventional living, compromise and heartbreak.

Blue Planet

Obviously! Sir David Attenborough's award-winning documentary series on the ocean. Detailing the wonders of the sea and the biggest challenges facing our times, it is a beautiful and cruel reminder of the depth of our impact and why our seas are worth protecting. Watch it. Every series.

Blackfish

We believe that all should be free to roam the sea, particularly if the sea is Home. If you need any convincing that marine mammals do not belong in captivity, you need to watch this. If you already know they don't belong in tanks, then watch Blackfish anyway, for the incredibly beautiful and intelligent orcas.

Mission Blue

Dr. Sylvia Earle is one of our ocean sheros. A marine biologist, diver and ocean activist with over 1,000 hours of underwater research, she knows her stuff. "Chasing Coral is a documentary that perfectly combines the beauty of corals with the stark reality of what is happening under our seas. I fell in love with the story. Even if you know nothing about corals, the way the story is told and the beautiful images will keep you hooked and spark your love of the ocean. I have since shown it to everyone I can!" says Libby, Clean Sailors Crew.

Chasing Bubbles

"I found this film super inspiring - Alex makes the hard decision to leave his urban life and just GO without knowing what to expect! He just followed his desire for adventure and live life to the fullest. It is be beautiful - he connect friends and strangers and lets them realise we need to celebrate life, and have the power to do that!" says Famke, Clean Sailors Crew.

The End of the Line

Where have all the fish gone? What does 'overfishing' mean and what impact is it having on jobs, livelihoods and importantly, on the rest of the ocean? Who is accountable? We all need to watch this film.

Drowning in Plastic

"This is one of the rawest documentaries I have seen on the impact of plastic on our ecosystems. The plastic issue is big, it's widespread, with species around the world mistaking this hardy, man-made material as food, even sharing it with their young. Heart-breaking. You can't watch this and not want to change our world." says Holly, Clean Sailor founder

Read

A Voyage for Madmen - Peter Nichols

This hair-raising book charts the six sailors who set off around the world for the first Golden Globe race in 1968. Some made it home, some did not - a great book to kindle some serious adventure spirit

The Human, The Orchid and The Octopus - Jacques Cousteau

Jacques Cousteau needs no intro. In this book he documents his first-hand accounts of the life supported by our waters, the beauty of the ocean and the way in which human activity has and continues to destroy so much of our natural world. We love it for it's vivid descriptions and reminder that the time for us to act is really NOW.

Oceanographic magazine

There are few things that bring us such joy on a regular basis as receiving a copy of Oceanographic magazine. For conservation, adventure and exploration, and for some incredible story-telling and photography to match, Oceanographic is an absolute Team favourite. Plus, 20% of their proceeds go back into funding conservation orgs.

The Sea Around Us - Rachel Carson

Originally published in 1951, Rachel Carson's book remains so pertinent. It's a fascinating mixture of where the sea began to the more recent understanding of the science and the sea's role in our wider ecosystem. She encourages us all to be ecologists.

117 Days Adrift - Maurice and Maralyn Bailey

Nobody wants to be adrift, we take every precaution not to be! In this true tale, husband and wife end up without a boat in the middle of the Pacific for, you guessed it, 117 days... An epic story of survival, resilience and team-work.

Taking on the World - Ellen MacArthur

Known for her work on encouraging a circular economy, Dame Ellen MacArthur made history in 2005 by becoming the fastest person to ever sail solo, non-stop, around the world in just over 70 days. Cool. Or. What.

The End of the Ocean - Maja Lunde

"My favourite. This book is about the future of freshwater. We follow a woman who fights to protect the glacier in her hometown. She's a 70 year old sailor. Then we jump to the future where we follow a family in France, fleeing fires and looking for shelter and water. It's about how our future could look. It makes us think." says Sara, Clean Sailors Crew.

Listen

On The Wind podcast

From the great team over at 59º North, On The Wind is a series of talks with sailors from all over the world. If you dream of sailing and the high seas, this one is for you.

Meet The Ocean podcast

One of our favourite podcasts, for a real education in our saltwater environments. It's sciences, sea and storytelling, featuring some of the remotest parts of our planet.

Speak Up For Blue podcasts

Not just one podcast but a whole network of listenings on science, conservation and protecting our Big Blue. There is something for everyone, including pirates and seadragons for young ones!

Ocean Poddy podcast

New, cool, varied and full of love for the ocean - hear a variety of topics from divers, photographers and scientists, all sharing a true passion for the sea.

World Ocean Radio

The World Ocean Observatory's World Ocean Radio is one of our absolute favourites - these weekly, 5-minute long podcasts keep us topped up on all the best of the Blue.

The NOAA Ocean Podcast

When it comes to things Oceanic and Atmospheric, you don't get better than the NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. From marine navigation to coastal science, it's detail and expertise keep us in awe.