Sailing will give you an interest for life. The scope is endless: pottering, cruising and racing; dinghies, keelboats and yachts; rivers, lakes and the sea. Few activities offer so much fun and so much variety. This book is the perfect introduction to the sport. Using the famous RYA teaching method, it explains how the wind drives the sails, how to use the sails to drive the boat, and how to rescue the situation when things get out of hand. There are also sections on clothing and safety, launching and landing, mooring and anchoring. The book is lavishly illustrated throughout with step--by--step photographs and diagrams.
As National Sailing Coach, John Driscoll was responsible for administering training schemes, maintaining teaching standards and training coaches. He was formerly a naval architect, a journalist and sailing instructor.
Introduction. Clothing and safety. Parts of the boat. How a sail works. The controls. Points of sailing. First time out. Reaching. Beating. Tracking. Running. Gybing. Capsize! Reefing. Man overboard. Avoiding collisions. Rowing. Launching and landing. Mooring. Anchoring and towing. Ropework. Weather and tides. First aid.