The hunt is on to discover the book that best captures the spirit of sail

YM has been writing about boats, the sea and sailors for 100 years and to mark its centenary we’re asking yachtsmen to vote for their favourite sailing book.

You can nominate any book, in print or not, by authors living or dead. The only rule is that sailing must be involved. It may be fiction or fact, instruction or flights of fancy.

The sailing may be in anything from Arthur Ransome’s dinghies to Patrick O’Brien’s ships of the line. Advice could range from Adlard Coles advice on storm survival to Des Sleightholme’s tips on throwing tea bags overboard. Perhaps you’ll opt for the logs of the ocean pioneers or maybe you prefer the pragmatism of the modern pilot book authors. It’s your choice. You can nominate up to five books, in any order, so have a browse through your bookshelves then fill in the form below.

We’ll publish a list of the top 100 sailing books – as voted for by you – in the December 2006 issue and one reader’s name will be plucked from the entries to win their choice of books, worth up to £100, from Adlard Coles Nautical.

Click here to nominate your favourite books online