The Winner's Guide to Optimist Sailing

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Written by one of the best-known figures in all of sailing and a leading authority on Optimist sailing and racing, The Winner's Guide to Optimist Sailing is the ideal training manual for young skippers, their parents, and their coaches. The most comprehensive sailing guide to the International Optimist dinghy class features:

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Overview

Written by one of the best-known figures in all of sailing and a leading authority on Optimist sailing and racing, The Winner's Guide to Optimist Sailing is the ideal training manual for young skippers, their parents, and their coaches. The most comprehensive sailing guide to the International Optimist dinghy class features:

  • Step-by-step instructions on every aspect of beginning sailing
  • More than 100 stunning photographs and helpful illustrations
  • Useful tips and winning tactics for competitive racing
  • Special advice sections for parents and coaches
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071434676
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/17/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 729,483
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary Jobson has won ten national one-design sailing titles, the America's Cup, and many ocean races. In 1999, he received the U.S. Sailing Association's most prestigious award, the Nathanael G. Herreshoff Trophy. In 2003 Gary was inducted into the America's Cup Hall of Fame. He is an editor at large for Cruising World and Sailing World and has been ESPN's sailing commentator since 1985. Jay Kehoe has coached six U.S. Optimist Dinghy Association international racing teams and has served on the coaching staff of the U.S. Optimist National Team. Formerly head sailing coach at Yale University and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, he is now head sailing coach at Stanford University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction by Joni Palmer, Executive Director, U.S. Optimist Dinghy Association

Part I: Welcome to Optimist Sailing

Optimist Fun

How the Optimist Came to Be

Part II: Getting Started

The Boat and Equipment

Parts of the Boat

Lines and Equipment

Safety

Boating Etiquette

Knots for Optimists

Square Knot
Square Knot with Keeper
Bowline
Clove Hitch
One-Design Knot
Tying to a Cleat
Stopper Knot

Transporting Your Dinghy

Checklist

Care of Boat and Rig

Part III: Let's Go Sailing

How a Boat Sails

The Points of Sailing

Preparation Before Sailing

Rigging

Changes in Course

Basic Tips

Where Do You Sit When Sailing?
How Do You Hold the Tiller?
How Do You Hold the Mainsheet?
How Do You Turn the Boat?

Launching

Windward Shore Tips
Leeward Shore Tips
Final Preparation

On the Water

Sailing on a Reach
Tacking
Running
Jibing
Upwind
Landing
Acceleration, Slowing Down, and Stopping
Sailing Out of the No-Go Zone

Weather Awareness

Reading the Wind

Waves, Current, and Tides

Waves
Current
Tides

Part IV: Fine-Tuning Your Skills

Going Faster

Rigging the Racing Rig

Sail Shape

Tying On Your Sail

Sailing to Windward

Sailing on a Reach

Sailing on a Run

Planing

Things to Avoid Downwind

Tacking

Jibing

Meeting an Obstruction

Capsizing

Basic Rules of the Road

Starboard Tack Has Right-of-Way
Tacking (or Jibing) Boat Must Stay Clear
Same Tack--Overlapped
Same Tack--Not Overlapped
Powerboats Must Stay Clear of Sailboats

Other Rules and Tips

Part V: Racing

Competition

First Race

Fast Starts

Starting in Light Wind

Determining Where to Start

Port-Tack Start

Dip Start

Barging Start

Starting Line Exits

Upwind Tactics

Approaching the Windward Mark

The Reaching Leg

The Run

Rounding the Leeward Mark

Fast Finishes

Dealing with Protests

Subtle Strategies

Your Health and Fitness for Sailing

Physical Fitness

Eating Right

Sleeping RIght

Part VI: Coaching Opti Sailing

Coaching Young Sailors

Teaching Format

On-the-Water Coaching Techniques

Instructor's Safety Review

Drills to Improve Boat Handling

Drills to Improve Speed

Practice

Practicing Alone

Practicing in Pairs

Practicing in a Fleet

Part VII: For Parents Only

OptiMania: A Note for Parents

Tips for Parents: Preparing for Opti Regattas

Part VIII: The Eternal Optimist

The Eternal Optimist

Classes
Handicap Racing/One-Design Offshore
Scholastic Sailing
Collegiate Sailing
The Olympics
The America's Cup and Match Racing
Team Racing
Day Sailing
Cruising

Glossary

Acknowledgments

Index

About the Authors

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