At The Week magazine he named his six favorite books about sailing. One title on the list:
In Hazard by Richard HughesRead about the other books on Winchester's list.
Best known for his trilogy The Human Predicament, Hughes had decades earlier written this fictional account of a hurricane in the Caribbean. He tells the story from the perspective of the crew of a merchant ship called the Archimedes, and the writing is truly sensational: You huddle beneath the covers, relieved to be safe and dry.
Also see Robin Knox-Johnson's five best books about sailing.