by WILLIAM F. BUCKLEY JR.
252 pages. Macmillan. $12.95.
On the evidence of William F. Buckley Jr.'s account of his life afloat, it can be categorically stated that the author neither now nor ever has believed that the earth is flat.
In the summer of 1975, Buckley, his son, sister-in-law, assorted friends and paid hands sailed to Spain aboard Buckley's 60-ft. cutter Cyrano. Ashore, ships of state were foundering and inflation was making even rubber ducks a luxury item. Buckley's landlubbing wife Pat was waiting apprehensively ("If he comes through this alive, I'll kill him"). But with Europe finally visible to...