Books: Fathers and Sons

CUTTING LOOSE by JAMES LIPSCOMB 304 pages. Little, Brown. $10.

Every sailboat man dreams at some time of cruising across the Pacific, running for days under warm breezes, dropping anchor for weeks at islands with names like Raratonga. Citybound mariners mostly learn to content themselves with a few weeks' cruising on inland waters or slashing around the markers in cutthroat weekend races. But young John Lipscomb, 18, and his father James, a writer and first-rate cinematographer (Blue Water, White Death), realized the total dream. James Lipscomb was able to sell the idea of a...