These winter days also drive me deep into the pages of sailing books, and I'm fortunate to see many of the new ones come across my desk. Three in particular have caught my eye in the last couple of months. Actually, the first one isn't exactly new. Frequent Cruising World contributor Don Street's Seawise--in equal parts a rant, an instructional manual, and an old-fashioned sea story, and arguably the best of his many tomes--was originally published in 1979. The book is now back in print and can be ordered online (www.iUniverse.com), and it includes a long, fresh preface bringing readers up to date on what the author has experienced and learned in the intervening years. Highly opinionated (Street has more than a few quibbles with, ahem, editors of sailing magazines, among many other things) and totally original, it's still as entertaining and informative as it was when it first saw the light of day.