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This easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide takes you through the basic principles, preparing to sail, your first sail, advanced sailing and the basics of racing. It includes advice on choosing a dinghy, essential gear, sailing manoeuvres, tides, wind and weather, all taken from the courses delivered by the UK’s biggest sailing school, the UKSA.
This book is accessible to all levels, giving those new to sailing straightforward advice, and showing experienced sailors how to take their sailing to the next level with tips on how to sail faster and safer. It covers single-handed and double-handed dinghies and catamarans.
This book is packed with hundreds of illustrations and photographs, and is a great way to learn, develop and refresh your sailing skills.
Table of Contents
BASIC PRINCIPLES: Parts of the boat, The rig, The science of sailing, Points of sail, Choosing a dinghy, Transporting dinghies, Knots, ropes and running rigging, Essential gear
PREPARING TO SAIL: What to wear, Rigging the boat, Launching, Rules of the road, Wind and tides, Telltale signs of the weather
FIRST SAIL: Balance, sail, trim, Tacking, Trim, Sailing downwind, Gybing, Capsize and recovery, Returning to shore
ADVANCED SAILING: Trapezing, Tacking, Spinnaker handling, Asymmetric spinnakers, Catamarans, Tuning, Heavy weather sailing
BASICS OF RACING: The start, Around the course
Glossary of terms