Sailing For Dummies

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Interested in learning to sail but feel like you’re navigating in murky waters? Sailing for Dummies, Second Edition introduces the basics of sailing, looks at the different types of sailboats and their basic parts, and teaches you everything you need to know before you leave the dock.

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Overview

Interested in learning to sail but feel like you’re navigating in murky waters? Sailing for Dummies, Second Edition introduces the basics of sailing, looks at the different types of sailboats and their basic parts, and teaches you everything you need to know before you leave the dock.

In Sailing for Dummies, Second Edition, two U.S. sailing champions show you how to:

  • Find and choose a sailing school
  • Use life jackets correctly
  • Tie ten nautical knots
  • Handle sailing emergencies (such as capsizing and rescuing a man overboard)
  • Launch your boat from a trailer, ramp, or beach
  • Get your boat from point A to point B (and back again)
  • Predict and respond to water and wind conditions
  • Read charts, plot your course, use a compass, and find your position at sea

Sailing for Dummies shows you that getting out on the water is easier than you think. The authors keep the sailor-speak to a minimum where possible, but give you a grasp of the terminology you need to safely and effectively communicate with your crew. A textbook, user’s manual, and reference all in one, this book takes the intimidation out of sailing and gives you the skills and confidence you need to get your feet wet and become the sailing pro you’ve always wanted to be. Anchors away!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471791430
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/6/2006
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 142,105
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

JJ and Peter Isler have been sailing for most of theirlives. JJ grew up around boats in San Diego, California, learningto sail in a little 7-foot dinghy called a Sabot. Peter started outloving powerboats and fishing (boys can be so strange!), but tookup sailing after his family moved to Connecticut when he was 13years old.
The Islers are well known throughout the world of sailing as topcompetitors and teachers. They both have taught sailing to peopleof all ages and experiences. Peter played an important, early rolein developing US Sailing’s educational program. He alsocoached at the Olympic level and helped found the American SailingAssociation, which accredits sailing schools and certifies sailorsand instructors.
Peter has twice won the America’s Cup, serving as navigatoraboard Stars & Stripes with Dennis Conner in 1987 and1988. An accomplished small-boat sailor, Peter was IntercollegiateSailor of the Year while at Yale University. He was the top-rankedU.S. sailor on the professional match-racing circuit for five yearsand has won many of the world’s major ocean races, includingthe Bermuda Race and the Transpac (where he navigated MorningGlory to an elapsed time record in 2005).
Peter has also been very active in the media. In the 1990s, heshifted his America’s Cup energies to television, where hewas a featured analyst in ESPN’s Emmy Award–winning Cupcoverage in 1992 and 1995. More recently, he covered sailing forthe Outdoor Life Network (OLN), including its coverage of the 2003America’s Cup. He is the author of several books on the sportand is presently Editor at Large of Sailing World magazine.In his spare time, Peter enjoys playing guitar and keyboard withhis band, The Water Brothers.
JJ is the only American female (so far) to have won two Olympicmedals in sailing, and she is the first female inductee in theSailing World Hall of Fame. With crew member Pamela Healy,JJ won the Bronze Medal in the Women’s 470 class in the 1992Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. In the 2000 Olympics in Sydney,Australia, she and crew member Pease Glaser won the Silver. JJ is afour-time Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year (in 1986, 1991, 1997, and2000) and has won three World Championships and numerous nationaltitles. She was the first female to compete in a number of eventson the international matchracing circuit. And in 1995 she was thetactician and starting helmsman for the America3Women’s America’s Cup team. She graduated from YaleUniversity where she was captain of the sailing team and acollegiate All-American.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Before You Get Your Feet Wet.

Chapter 1: Ready, Set, Go: Time to Start Sailing.

Chapter 2: Knowing Where You Can Learn: Classes and SailingSchools.

Chapter 3: Planning Ahead: What to Wear and What to Bring.

Chapter 4: Before You Leave the Dock.

Part II: Casting Off and Sailing Away.

Chapter 5: Going Sailing: Just the Basics, Please.

Chapter 6: Leaving the Dock (And Coming Back).

Chapter 7: Safety: One Hand for the Boat, One Hand forYourself.

Chapter 8: All about Weather: Red Sky at Night.

Chapter 9: Navigation: Holding Your Course.

Chapter 10: Anchors Away: Anchoring Your Boat.

Part III: Sailing Fast: Taking Your Sailing to the NextLevel.

Chapter 11: The Need for Speed: Sailing Fast.

Chapter 12: Trimming Your Sails for Speed.

Chapter 13: Racing Sailboats: Going for the Gold.

Part IV: Sailing Away for a Year and a Day.

Chapter 14: Encountering Sailing Emergencies (And How to HandleThem).

Chapter 15: Caring for Your Craft.

Chapter 16: Cruising with Children.

Chapter 17: Chartering: Changes in Latitude.

Chapter 18: Sailing Sailboards.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 19: Ten Nautical Knots and How to Tie Them.

Chapter 20: Ten Questions to Ask Yourself When Buying aSailboat.

Part VI: The Appendixes.

Index.

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