High Performance Sailing

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Overview

The techniques explained and the theory included in this book are original and based on the many years of experience the author has gained while coaching the highly successful Australian Olympic sailing team.

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"One of the most readable books on the complex subject of sailing faster, and without doubt, a must for every racing sailor."—Yachts and Yachting

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780713667042
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 6/1/2008
  • Pages: 436
  • Product dimensions: 7.58 (w) x 10.31 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank Bethwaite has been at the leading edge of national and world class sailing for over sixty years. Apart from his own outstanding racing successes, he has coached every level of would-be champion from basic to Olympic standard. Within his own family, three are Olympic champions and three are world champions in four classes. From a background of aeronautical engineering and meteorology, Frank spent thirty years in military and civilian aviation and finally in scientific flying. When he retired he decided to find out how small sailboats worked - so that he could make them sail faster.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The Racing Helmsman's Wind 1
Ch. 2 The Gradient Wind 5
Ch. 3 The Two Surface Winds 10
Ch. 4 Light Airs 20
Ch. 5 The Breeze over a Cool Surface 32
Ch. 6 Friction and the Wind-Wave Patterns 41
Ch. 7 Heat and Thermal Patterns 52
Ch. 8 Winds near Clouds 64
Ch. 9 Winds near Shores 73
Ch. 10 Wind Appraisal and the Stability Index 92
Ch. 11 Race Preparation 102
Ch. 12 Sailing the Wind Patterns 119
Ch. 13 Waves 147
Ch. 14 Depth and the Warm Surface Layer 154
Ch. 15 Currents and Tidal Stream 158
Ch. 16 The Quest for Speed 164
Ch. 17 Sails 188
Ch. 18 Rigs 220
Ch. 19 Foils 232
Ch. 20 Hulls 247
Ch. 21 Scope 277
Ch. 22 Handling to Windward 279
Ch. 23 Kinetics 320
Ch. 24 Sailing Crosswind 333
Ch. 25 Sailing Downwind 362
Postscript 404
Index 409
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2000

    Working within the boundary layer

    Frank has encapsulated what we all in sailboat racing strive to understand. Not what happens in global weather terms, but what we as sailboat racers deal with at that perculiar interface known as the land/sea/air. Boundary conditions are a variable which require much research and Frank has come through in spades!

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