Dinghy Sailing: Start To Finish: Beginner to Advanced: The Perfect Guide to Improving Your Sailing Skills [NOOK Book]


Dinghy Sailing is the perfect book if you are new to sailing and want to learn the basics, or are an experienced sailor who wants to broaden your skills and develop your techniques.

This easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide is packed with clear illustrations and photographs and contains everything you need ...

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Dinghy Sailing: Start To Finish: Beginner to Advanced: The Perfect Guide to Improving Your Sailing Skills

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Dinghy Sailing is the perfect book if you are new to sailing and want to learn the basics, or are an experienced sailor who wants to broaden your skills and develop your techniques.

This easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide is packed with clear illustrations and photographs and contains everything you need to know, including basic principles, what to wear, preparing to sail, the first sail, advanced sailing and racing.

Get on the water and take to the helm with confidence with this practical guide.

A version of this title specifically for iPad/tablet devices is also available. Please see “Dinghy Sailing: Start To Finish (For Tablet Devices)”.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118315514
  • Publisher: Fernhurst Books Limited
  • Publication date: 2/27/2009
  • Series: Boating: Start to Finish , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,346,751
  • File size: 38 MB
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Meet the Author

Barry Pickthall is a respected sports writer and photographer and has been covering all aspects of sailing and boating for the past 35 years, 20 of them as a yachting correspondent to The Times newspaper.
He has been covering the international stage for the past 4 decades from the Olympics to America's Cup and Round the World Races.
His entertaining dialogue takes audiences alongside some of the biggest names in the sport including America’s Cup icons Dennis Conner, Ted Turner, Russell Coutts and Sir Ben Ainslie; round the world sailors Sir Francis Chichester, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Sir Chay Blyth, Dame Ellen McCarthur and Tony Bullimore; and Olympic medallists Paul Elvstrom, Rodney Pattisson and Shirley Robertson.
Pickthall is also a qualified sailing instructor – having graduated from one of the first courses held at the UKSA.
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The science of sailing

The sight of a 747 jumbo jet coming slowly into land with wheels dangling and wings extended always leaves me in awe. How can something weighing as much as 380 tonnes fly so slowly – and not fall out of the sky? The answer is the same as that to the common question about sailing: How can a sailboat sail as close as 40° to the wind?

It is all about aerodynamics and the pressure differentials on one side of a wing, compared to the other. An aeroplane wing has more curvature on its upper surface. As it moves forward, the airflow streaming across has to travel faster over a longer distance to meet up with the air flowing along the flatter lower surface. This difference in speed leads to a drop in pressure on the upper surface, which results in lift. The faster the plane’s speed the greater this becomes, to the point where the differential in pressure between the upper and lower sections of the wing is sufficient to raise the weight of the plane off the ground.

The same happens over the surface of a sail. The airflow across the back or leeward side, travels faster than the air flowing across the windward side. The resulting pressure differentials create the lift that drives the boat forward.

This force within the sail would drive the boat sideways were it not for the lateral resistance of the boat’s daggerboard or centreboard. The best demonstration of this is to hold a knife blade in water and move it about, first up and down, and then sideways, when you will feel the lateral resistance. It is the balance in design between the sails and shape of the hull that determines the efficiency with which a boat sails to windward.

A Thames barge and a Dutch botter are similar cargo carriers, shaped like bricks with inefficient leeboards that pivot down outside the side of the hull. As a result, sailors would rest up and wait for a fair wind rather than waste time attempting to buck into it.

By contrast, a modern dinghy like the

Laser Bahia sails very efficiently to windward, providing the crew position their weight to balance out the heeling force of the wind. This efficiency is enhanced by the jib or forward sail, which induces a slot effect in the same way that extending slats on a plane wing improves lift coefficient at slow speeds when taking off and landing. Airflow narrows and accelerates through the ‘slot’ between jib and mainsail, improving the lift coefficient. The jib channels the air through the slot between the fore and aft sails, speeding the flow around the back of the mainsail to further improve the pressure differential between the windward and leeward sides.

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Table of Contents

Getting started.

1. Basic principles.

Parts of the boat.

The science of sailing.

Points of sail.

Choosing a dinghy.

Transporting dinghies.

Knots and ropes.

Essential gear.

2. Preparing to sail.

What to wear.

Rigging the boat.


Rules of the road.

Understanding tides and currents.

Weather forecasting.

3. First sail.

Balance, sail, trim.



Capsize and recovery.

Returning to the shore.

4. Advanced sailing.

High performance dinghies and catamarans.

Spinnaker handling.

Asymmetric spinnakers.


Heavy weather sailing.

5. Basics of racing.

The start.

Around the course.

Glossary of Terms.


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    Have u watched it? He looks so angry in it!

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