A pocket database containing everything a busy skipper needs to know but might find hard to remember. It is easy to take for granted how much a skipper needs to know : Navigation, how to pilot the boat into a new harbour, using the radio, checking the engine, keeping an eye out for things that need repair, monitoring the weather, feeding the crew and much, much more! This pocketbook is designed as an aide-memoire with checklists to make life easier for busy skippers and a must-have reference for first-time skippers. It should also prove an invaluable reference book for the RYA Yachtmaster syllabus.
The book has been helping skippers for nearly 20 years and has now been edited and thoroughly updated by Yachtmaster Instructor and Examiner, Sara Hopkinson. (RYA and Yachtmaster are registered trademarks of the Royal Yachting Association.)
Basil Mosenthal has sailed extensively in all the oceans of the world. After serving in the Royal Navy, where he was able to race offshore extensively, Basil became a partner in one of the first yacht delivery firms in the USA, and after many thousands of miles sailing, he became a consultant in the management of large yachts. He has written many books about sailing, including Fernhurst Books' best-selling Cockpit Companion and popular New Crew's Companion. Sara Hopkinson is an experienced sailor, and a Yachtmaster Instructor and Examiner. She runs an RYA Training Centre in Suffolk which specialises in navigation, radio, radar and first aid courses. She has also been a Coastguard Rescue Officer for many years and is now the Deputy Station Officer of HM Coastguard, Holbrook. Sara has written books for the RYA and Fernhurst Books' Navigation: A Newcomer's Guide, VHF Afloat and VHF Companion.