The Sailing Bible: The Complete Guide for All Sailors, from Novice to Expert

The Sailing Bible: The Complete Guide for All Sailors, from Novice to Expert


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The Sailing Bible: The Complete Guide for All Sailors, from Novice to Expert by Jeremy Evans, Pat Manley, Barrie Smith

"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.

Topics include:

  • Dinghies and yachts
  • Cruising and racing
  • Launching, helming, trapezing and capsizing
  • Racing techniques and tactics
  • Buoys, tides, charts and navigation
  • Anchoring and marina berthing
  • Knots, ropes and flags
  • Boat etiquette and seamanship
  • Safety and emergencies and much more.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781770850316
Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date: 02/03/2014
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 1,192,814
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jeremy Evans writes sailing books for the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and also writes for Yachting Monthly and Yachts and Yachting magazines.

Pat Manley is an RYA Yachtmaster Instructor, a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation and a member of the Yachting Journalists Association. He has written several books on boat maintenance and is a regular contributor to Practical Boat Owner magazine.

Barrie Smith is an RYA Yachtmaster who has skippered or crewed on numerous yacht delivery trips and long distance races.

Table of Contents

Welcome to Sailing
Starting Out

  • Sailing for everyone
  • How can I learn to sail?
  • What is a dinghy?
  • What is a keel boat?
  • What is a multihull?
  • What is a cruiser?
  • Different types of boats
Learning to Sail
  • The 360-degree sailing circle
  • Sail power provides forward drive
  • Experiencing the wind
  • Wind in your sails
  • Steering with a rudder
  • Sail trim
  • Sailing maneuvers
  • Who has the right of way?
  • Basic knots
  • Ropework
  • Staying warm
  • Full protection
Dinghy Sailing
  • Enjoy the ride
  • Choosing a dinghy
  • Why choose a catamaran?
  • What to wear for dinghy sailing
  • What else do you need?
  • Dinghy design and construction
  • Fiberglass dinghies
  • Polyethylene dinghies
  • Asymmetric spinnakers and skiffs
  • Rigging a twin-crew dinghy
  • Rigging a catamaran
  • Rig controls
  • Where to sail
  • Inland and coastal sailing
  • Launching a dinghy
  • Leaving the shore
  • Sailing away from the shore
  • Sailing on a reach
  • Sailing into the wind
  • Sailing away from the wind
  • How is a catamaran different?
  • How to tack
  • How to jibe
  • Coming back to shore
  • Dinghy capsize
  • Catamaran capsize
  • Common-sense seafaring
  • Too much wind
  • Over the side
  • Dinghy skills
  • Using a trapeze
  • Trapeze techniques
  • Trapezing at speed
  • Sailing with a spinnaker
  • Rigging a spinnaker
  • Asymmetric control
  • Jibing an asymmetric spinnaker
  • Symmetric spinnaker control
  • Dingy care
  • Dingy damage
  • Dinghy and cat racing
  • Racing around the course
  • Choosing a yacht
  • Choosing a cruiser
  • Inside a cruiser
  • On deck
  • Deck hardware
  • Deck safety gear
  • What to wear on deck
  • How a yacht is rigged
  • The mainsail
  • Raising the mainsail
  • Setting the mainsail
  • Handling the headsail
  • Reefing
  • Sailing upwind
  • Tacking
  • Sailing offwind
  • Jibing
  • Cruising with spinnakers
  • Using the engine
  • Boat handling under power
  • Entering a marina
  • Berthing in a marina or harbor
  • How a yacht is secured
  • Leaving a marina
  • Anchoring a yacht
  • Controlling the anchor
  • Retrieving the anchor
  • The perfect anchorage
  • Picking up a mooring
  • Using a tender
  • Using an outboard motor
  • Planning a cruise
  • Living on a yacht
  • Cooking and catering
  • Passage problems
  • Passage conditions
  • Man overboard
  • Good cruising

  • What is navigation?
  • Navigation instruments
  • Keeping to a course
  • Latitude and longitude
  • Distance and direction
  • What is a nautical chart?
  • Chart depths and heights
  • The international buoyage system
  • What are tides?
  • What causes tidal flow?
  • Tidal height calculations
  • A position line
  • Fixing a position
  • What is GPS?
  • Using GPS for position
  • Traditional chartwork
  • Planning your destination
  • A route for your GPS
  • Interpreting GPS
  • Electronic chart plotters
  • The accuracy of electronic charts
  • Radar
  • Pilotage
  • A pilotage plan
  • Passage planning
  • Navigation on passage
  • Navigation at night
  • The effect of weather
  • Where does weather come from?
  • Weather systems
  • The boundary of an air mass
  • High-pressure systems
  • The movement of weather systems
  • Local winds
  • Stormy weather
  • What is fog?
  • Air temperature
  • What do clouds mean?
  • Weather forecasts
  • Beaufort scale
  • Refitting
  • Hull and deck
  • Mast, spars, rigging and sails
  • The engine
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Personal and boat safety
  • Pre-season preparation
Safety at Sea
  • Planning for safety
  • Safety equipment
  • Collision avoidance
  • Emergency procedures
  • First aid



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.

Starting out
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.

Dinghy sailing
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.

Cruiser 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.

Boat maintenance
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.

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