The Complete Book of Laser Sailing

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Overview

The definitive guide to the Laser.

The Complete Book of Laser Sailing is the most comprehensive book about successfully sailing and racing this popular and challenging high-performance dinghy. Dick Tillman tells you everything you need to know about the boat and how to set it up and sail it, including:

• Rigging and sailing the boat

• Trailering and cartopping

• Maintenance and storage

• Training and physical conditioning

• Upwind and offwind racing techniques

• Clothing and equipment

• Interviews with such champion racers as Hans Fogh, Ed Baird, Ed Adams, and Danielle Myrdal



Plus this updated and expanded edition gives you:

• The latest sail control and rig modifications

• Updated listings of major competition results

• New interviews with champion racers, including Olympian Mark Mendelblatt and Paige Railey on Radials



"A fine-tuned guide to everything anyone could ever need or want to know about the Laser."—Sailing



"This book will most certainly make you a better sailor and could help you become a champion."—Soundings



"This book is a must."—The Little Ship



Dick Tillman won the first three Laser North American Championships from 1971 to 1973 and was a member of the U.S. Olympic sailing team in 1976. He won the Laser North American Masters competition in 1981 and 1982 and was the 2002 Great Grand Master Laser World Champion. He is currently president of the International Sunfish Class Association and continues to race Lasers and other sailboats.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071452199
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/16/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 946,559
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Dick Tillman won the first three Laser North American Championships from 1971 to 1973 and was a member of the U.S. Olympic sailing team in 1976. In 1981 and 1982 he won the Laser North American Masters competition. He is currently president of U.S. Windsurfing and continues to race Lasers and other sailboats.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Bruce Kirby

Introduction


Acknowledgments


1 History


2 Basics of Laser Sailing


Tacking


Jibing


Capsizing


Docking and Landing


Rigging the Laser


Reefing


The Six Sail Controls


What to Wear


3 Boat and Equipment


Mainsheet


Traveler


Tiller and Tiller Extension


Cunningham, Outhaul, and Vang


Hiking Strap


Spars


Centerboard and Rudder


Wind Indicators


Compasses


Bailer


4 Advanced Sail Control Systems


Vang


Cunningham


Outhaul


5 Around the Racecourse


Starting


Upwind


Offwind


Finishing


Racecourse Guidelines


6 Advanced Upwind Techniques


Light Air


Medium Air


Heavy Air


Roll Tacking


7 Advanced Offwind Techniques


Reaching


Running


Roll Jibing


8 Practice and Physical Fitness


Boat against Boat


Practicing Alone


Physical Fitness


9 Maintenance


Cleaning, Wet Sanding, and Polishing

Hull Repairs


Spars


Centerboards and Rudders


Sails


10 Trailering, Cartopping, and Storage


Trailering


Cartopping


Storage


11 Sportsmanship


Fair and Friendly Competition


Enjoy Yourself


12 Interviews


Hans Fogh: The Story Behind the Laser Radial


Lainie Pardey: A Female Perspective


Paige Railey: Sailing the Laser Radial


Emily Billing: Starting to Race on the Laser 4.7


Mark Mendelblatt: Starting in a Laser Fleet


Danielle Myrdal and John Myrdal: Sailing and Training Together


Ed Baird: On-the-Water Practicing


Tom Lihan: A Heavyweight's Guide to Light Air Sailing


Terry Neilson: Changing with the Conditions--A World Champion's Perspective


John Bertrand: Preparing Physically to Win a Major Championship


Peter Commette: A Look at the Laser Past


Dave Olson and Peter Seidenberg: Masters Sailing; Dave Olson: Outdated but Still Good Rigging Techniques


Ed Adams: Zigzagging Downwind


Luther Carpenter: World-Class Downwind and Upwind Techniques


Appendix 1: Laser Championship Record


Appendix 2: International Laser Class Association


Index
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