Peter Isler's Little Blue Book of Sailing Secrets [NOOK Book]

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With four decades of sailing experience and respected for his skills the world over, Peter Isler is the undisputed "sailor's sailor"?the man you want next to you in the boat whether you're an international competitor, a weekend sailor, or a beginner craving insider secrets about the sport (not to mention an entertaining story or two).

In this classic compilation of tips, lessons, and entertaining stories, Isler shares his extensive knowledge ...

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Peter Isler's Little Blue Book of Sailing Secrets

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Overview

With four decades of sailing experience and respected for his skills the world over, Peter Isler is the undisputed "sailor's sailor"?the man you want next to you in the boat whether you're an international competitor, a weekend sailor, or a beginner craving insider secrets about the sport (not to mention an entertaining story or two).

In this classic compilation of tips, lessons, and entertaining stories, Isler shares his extensive knowledge and recounts some of the highlights of his life as a professional sailor. Inside you'll find:

  • A wide range of compelling and invaluable lessons, including understanding the inner game, reading the wind, preparing your boat (and yourself), how to be the ultimate crew, navigating, steering in waves, leading a team, and much more
  • Wisdom and advice gleaned from Isler's time spent sailing with and against the world's best sailors from America's Cup legends Dennis Conner and Ted Turner to three-time Olympic gold medalist Ben Ainslie to sailing guru Buddy Melges
  • Tips on staying out of trouble, such as learning from your mistakes, jury rigging skills, a renowned college coach's list of the top-five sailing mistakes, reacting to fast-changing conditions, and fending off harmful head games

More than a sailing textbook, this guide also gives you a rare glimpse into Isler's personal sailing history from his roots sailing dinghies on Long Island Sound to winning the America's Cup learning why he sails, his competitive philosophy, his favorite places to sail, and all about his near-death experience on the water. His love for the sport pours out of every page, revealing how important it is, no matter how serious you are about sailing, to simply have fun. His lessons come from a life afloat, but many are just as applicable in everyday life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470950876
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 2/16/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,157,446
  • File size: 390 KB

Meet the Author

Regarded for his calming nature in the heat of battle and his friendly shoreside manner, PETER ISLER ("Pedro") is one of the world's best known and most respected sailors. He is a two-time winner of the America's Cup, a television personality, an America's Cup analyst, and a popular motivational speaker. Isler has been involved in every America's Cup campaign since winning it as navigator aboard Dennis Conner's Stars & Stripes in 1987; he sailed in his fifth cup campaign as navigator for the BMW Oracle Racing Team in 2007. During his college years, he was part of Yale University's national championship winning team and was awarded the coveted Collegiate Sailor of the Year trophy his sophomore year. The coauthor of the bestselling Sailing For Dummies (Wiley), Isler is President of Isler Sailing International and remains active as a professional sailor, an author, and a motivational speaker.
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Table of Contents

The Sailing Life.

Secrecy vs. Sharing.

The Rules.

Keeping It Real.

The Fine Art of Jury-Rigging.

Head Games.

Sailing between a Reef and a Hard Place.

In Their Own Words: Buddy Melges.

Leadership: Different Strokes.

Preparing to Race.

How to Read the Wind.

Racer's Rules: Tom Whidden.

Feel the Heel.

Motivation: Getting 110 Percent from Your Team.

When the Going Gets Rough.

Communication.

Sail Trim Fundamentals.

Why I Sail.

Commitment to the Commitment.

Big Joe's Top Five Sailing Mistakes.

Bird's-Eye View.

Is the Race Over or Not?

Killer.

Racer’s Rules: Dennis Conner.

Revel in the Routine.

Hitting the Corner.

Sail Care: Maintaining Your Boat's Engine.

The Inner Game.

A Salty Sea Story.

Always Carry a Knife.

Racer's Rules: Roy Disney.

Just for the Fun of It.

The Art of Steering.

Adrift.

Local Knowledge: Handle with Care.

Sailing at Night.

The Physics of Sailing.

In Their Own Words: Jonathan McKee.

When to Hold and When to Fold.

Testing.

How to Be the Ultimate Offshore Shipmate.

The Racer's Edge.

Naviguessing.

Racer's Rules: Chuck Robinson.

Used-Car Salesmanship.

Choosing the Right Crew.

Playing by the Rules.

Learning from Your Mistakes.

Marshmallows and Avoiding the Hex.

Embracing Change.

Hurricane Sailing Sea Story.

Clear Air and Clean Lanes.

Coaching.

What's in My Seabag.

Keeping It Cool On Board.

KISS.

Getting Kids into Sailing.

In Their Own Words: John Bertrand.

This Is Supposed to Be Fun.

Choosing the Right Sail.

Three Essential Knots.

Copy the Experts.

My Gurus.

Finding the Edge.

Racer's Rules: John Thomson.

Weather Signs.

Living the Dream.

Steering in Waves.

My Five Favorite Places to Sail.

Pimp Your Boat.

Tragedy Hits Home.

Leave Your Ego on Shore.

Boat-Handling Perfection.

Do Your Homework.

Boat Speed Magic.

In Their Own Words: Ben Ainslie.

Shorthanded Sailing.

Perfect Practice.

Learning from Maritime History.

Conservative Sailing.

Time for a Swim.

Hyper-Focus.

Making Your Move at the Turn.

Positive Thinking.

Staying Warm If Not Dry.

The Best Nautical Joke.

Keep It Rumbling.

Haven.

Digging Deep.

Safety.

Keeping Your Boat Afloat.

Maintaining Yourself.

Sailing on a Wing.

Winning the Cup.

Acknowledgments.

Index.

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