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"Sailing is a popular sport and this book is a very comprehensive treatment of the subject.... This reviewer was impressed by the constant stress the authors place on safety at sea. Photographs always show sailors in appropriate yachting safety gear and almost every paragraph mentions some aspect of maritime safety.... Experienced sailors as well as novices will find instruction in this book.... This title is recommended for general reference ...
"Sailing is a popular sport and this book is a very comprehensive treatment of the subject.... This reviewer was impressed by the constant stress the authors place on safety at sea. Photographs always show sailors in appropriate yachting safety gear and almost every paragraph mentions some aspect of maritime safety.... Experienced sailors as well as novices will find instruction in this book.... This title is recommended for general reference collections."
—American Reference Books Annual
The most recent National Survey on Recreation and the Environment found that 10.3 million Americans participate in sailing. US Sailing has 40,000 amateur members and Americans have long excelled in the Olympics and in international races.
The Sailing Bible is a comprehensive handbook for all sailors, whatever their experience. It takes novice sailors from learning the anatomy of their boat to handling emergencies while experienced sailors get sound advice and expert tips that will improve their skills, safety and enjoyment on the water.
Jam-packed with vital data, step-by-step instructions, explanatory diagrams and lively action photos, The Sailing Bible is thorough, user-friendly and appropriate for all sailboats. Organized progressively from learning to sail to navigation and boat maintenance, the authors cover everything sailors must know to get the most out of the sport.
The Sailing Bible is the most comprehensive guide to the exciting sport of sailing. It is an ideal choice as a reference to keep onboard, as a resource in preparation for certification or as a practical gift for a new sailor of any age.
This is a book I would recommend to anyone from novice to day skipper. At [this price] you are going to have to look very hard to find such a large amount of expert advice and information concentrated in such a reasonable space.
Welcome to Sailing
Welcome to Sailing
Sailing is a fantastic sport that relies on two great elements - wind and water - both of which are natural and free! It offers great value for all those who want to enjoy the wonderfully simple sensations of being blown along by a breeze in your sails. This book - arranged in the following sections - aims to tell you everything you need to know about this great sport.
How did sailing evolve from tough working boats and millionaires' yachts to a sport enjoyed by millions of sailors today? Democracy and technology have taken over, providing an activity that can be enjoyed by all ages at all levels, ranging from recreational to professional. The first section of this book explains how you can learn to sail and get into the sport, and provides a guide to the similarities and differences between sailing small dinghies, larger keelboats, multihulls or larger cruising yachts.
Learning to sail
How does the wind actually drive a boat? In the old days, it was simple: the crew of a Viking long ship or square-rigger merely sailed with the wind behind them, but now we can sail in any direction except directly toward the wind. This section explains the difference between "points" of sailing known as beating, reaching and running, and the changes in direction known as tacks and jibes. It goes on to cover how sail power provides forward drive and how sail trim and the rudder are used to steer the boat.
Sailing maneuvers involve changing direction, not least when you meet another boat, so a vital question is "Who has right of way?" Knots and ropework are also basic elements of learning to sail, as are staying warm and choosing the right gear.
Dinghies and beach cats are the smallest sailing craft. They also provide the cheapest introduction to the sport and get you physically closer to wind and water. The choice of different boats is huge, so in this section we have made a selection of popular classes, explaining how they are designed and built, and how you launch and sail away from the shore. You'll find details here about all of these, plus information on racing around a course, dinghy maintenance, and trapeze and spinnaker technique for high-performance sailing.
A cruiser or yacht provides the opportunity to live afloat. It's a wonderful lifestyle, whether you're sailing in sunshine or snuggled up somewhere in the comfort of the cabin down below. This section explains the principal elements of a cruiser, how to rig and reef the sails, how to sail in all directions, how to use the engine should the wind fail, how to leave or enter a dock or marina, how to deal with wind and tide, and how to choose an anchorage or pick up a mooring. It also explains what to do in rough weather or fog.
Remember that you'll want to go ashore, so you'll need a tender - also covered in this section.
Navigation and weather
You need to know where you're going and how to get there. Navigation was once a difficult subject, but has become much more accessible due to the availability of GPS. The classic style of navigation, however, is still important - everyone who sails a yacht should know how to read a chart, plot a course and calculate the movement of tides. Weather plays a major role in sailing, and though we have never been more blessed by reliable forecasts, understanding weather systems and their effect on your sailing will be an invaluable help.
Many dinghies are virtually maintenance free: just hose off any salt and put them away. By contrast, yachts require annual maintenance to ensure that everything works perfectly the following season. This section explains how to look after every element of the yacht including the hull and deck, sails, engine, electrical, plumbing and safety equipment.
Finally, you need to sail safely, To do this, you must plan ahead, use the right equipment, avoid collisions, learn how to read signals and acquire a basic knowledge of first aid and emergency repairs.
We hope you enjoy this book and that it leads to many years of sailing pleasure. It truly is a fabulous sport.
Posted December 27, 2010
This book is a good introduction into sailing knowledge. It is not overly technical in its choice of wording and uses very plain language to define the concepts that would not be readily understood by a layman. The diagrams that accompany the descriptions only help to reinforce what you are learning in a positive manner.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.