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THE ART AND SCIENCE OF SAILS.
By Tom Whidden & Michael Levitt. Hardback, (2nd) Revised Edition 2015. 230mm x 280mm, 181 pages, Colour Photographs.
First published in 1990, this (2nd) revised edition covers new cloths, new technology and new practices.
For those sufficiently old enough to remember, it was in 1990 that Tom and Michael published the first edition of The Art and Science of Sails. Since so much of sail technology has changed since then, Tom knew that a new edition was necessary. But, as work commenced, it quickly became clear that this book could not simply be just a revision. In essence, it’s a new take on the complex subject of sails.
But, It’s not just about sails. It’s as much about why and how sails work – aka aerodynamics – as it is about how today’s sails are designed and built
Tom Whidden (Pesident of North Sails), who has been Dennis Conner’s tactician in several America’s Cup campaigns, has completely revised the previous edition, which sold in excess of 20,000 copies. The book explains the theories behind making a boat move, how sails and their structure and composition can affect boat speed, and many other factors that make a boat go fast…or not.
NZ$70.00 + delivery.
RYA SAIL TRIM HANDBOOK FOR CRUISERS.
By Rob Gibson. Paperback, 0.28kg, 170mm x 240mm, 88 pages, full colour illustrations.
The RYA Sail Trim Handbook for Cruisers is an all-new title and is crammed with useful tips and pointers on one of the fundamentals of good seamanship: sail trim. The book focuses more on the needs of the cruising sailor as opposed to the out-and-out racer. After all, a well-trimmed cruising yacht will be better balanced, easier to handle, and will sail more comfortably.
Sail trim can be bewildering to the novice but the RYA Sail Trim Handbook talks you through the subject in an informative yet entertaining manner. The book is further enhanced by a range of clear, well thought-out illustrations.
How Sails Work
Jibs & Genoas
Heavy Weather Sailing
Trade Wind Sailing
Ultimately this book will have you itching to get back afloat and tinkering with the trim of your sails.
NZ$45.00 + Delivery.
SAIL & RIG TUNING.
By Ivan Dedekam. Pbk, 170mm x 240mm, 80 pages, full colour illustrations.
This book is an English language edition of a Norwegian book published by Dedekam Design
Illustrated Sail and Rig Tuning is a concentrated and very well illustrated manual which systematically describes how to trim sails and the rig. It makes copious and effective use of many full colour drawings, together with clear, narrative explanations. The book starts with an explanation of the aerodynamics involved in making a boat sail, an progresses to trimming sails and rig. It is detailed and includes notes on mast shape, reefing, differing hoists and drops, and spinnaker work.
NZ$35.00 + delivery.
JIB TRIMMING. 2nd Edition
By Felix Marks. Pbk, 170mm x 210mm, 80 pages, Colour photographs and Line Drawings. Published 2015. 0.23 kg
Get the Best Power & Acceleration whether Racing or Cruising
This guide covers everything you need to know about trimming the foresail. This book demystifies the black art of jib trimming, and illustrates concepts with diagrams and photos. It avoids the use of confusing terminology.
Concepts covered range from lift and drag and sail shape to wind changes and sea state, with lots more in between.
Was NZ$40.00 + delivery.
Now NZ$30.00 + delivery.
A MANUAL OF SAIL TRIM.
By Stuart H Walker. Paperback, 0.33kg, 135m x 203mm, 251 pages, Line Drawings. Published 1985.
A guide for racing covers the principles of sail trim, crew movement techniques, maneuvers, and control systems, and gives advice on adjusting to special conditions (Upwind, Reaching, Running) and organisation.
NZ$42.00 + Delivery.
RYA SPEED - SAIL AND RIG TUNING DVD.
By Adam Bowers. DVD, 0.09kg. Published in 2011.
An updated version of the first DVD in the popular Racing series, RYA Speed provides the ultimate in race preparation.
Not limited to any boat design, this DVD will help everyone become more competitive from the outset.
The viewer learns how to prepare the boat prior to racing as well as what adjustments can and should be made during the race for the best performance possible.
Hosted by Adam Bowers, a highly experienced racing sailor and RYA coach.
NZ$35.00 + Delivery.
HOW TO TRIM SAILS.
By Peter Schweer. Paperback, 138mm x 217mm, 105 pages, monochrome drawings and plans.
This practical guide is for owners and crew sailing all types of boats from dinghies to offshore cruisers with either masthead or fractional rigs. It explaines what sail trim is all about, how to achieve it and what its benefits are, and covers:
Mainsails and headsails
Trim for light airs, medium strength and strong winds
Trim for beating, reaching and running
Correct camber and mast rake
Weather helm - causes and cures
Easy reference trimming tables
How to Trim Sails will help racers and cruisers of all levels of experience get the best performance from their boats and sails
NZ$40.00 + Delivery.
By Peter Hahne. Pbk, 140mm x 215mm, 120 pages, colour photographs and drawings.
Sail Trim is the art of setting sails in response to the varying conditions imposed by the wind, waves, boat speed and desired course.
Regarded as something of a black art, good sail trim can mean the difference between winning and losing a race or reaching harbour before the tide turns. This book demystifies the skill of good sail trim with the aid of superb colour diagrams and photographs, to enable racers and cruisers alike to sail efficiently and get the most out of their boats.
Taking account of all types of wind condition the author explains:
Aero and hydrodynamics
The best way to rig a vessel
Sail cloth and cut
The right trim for the mainsail and smaller sails
Sailing before the wind
There is really only one way to set your sails for maximum efficiently; this book explains how.
NZ$40.00 + delivery.
By Felix Marks. Paperback, 170mm x 210mm, colour photos and illustrations.
Uncover the secrets to sailing fast whilst remaining in control.
Mainsail trimming is not only a physically and mentally demanding role on a boat; it is also one of the most crucial. You need a deep and subtle appreciation of sail shapes and the controls used to achieve them. Most significantly, the role requires an obsession with acquiring and retaining speed.
This book is here to help and it has been written in a groundbreaking way. Every effort has been made to simplify the subject and explain everything that you need to know without blinding you with science. Sailing terminology has been reined-in as much as possible and only information relating to mainsail trimming has been included.
High quality photographs and illustrations are used throughout to simplify this complex subject. This is achieved by showing the sail shapes needed to make the boat go fast and stay under control. Only one sailing role is dealt with to further simplify the subject and make sailing more accessible to the newcomer.
NZ$42.00 + delivery.
By Ian Proctor. Paperback, 0.45kg, 170mm x 246mm, 157 pages, colour photographs and diagrams.
Wherever and whenever you sail, the patterns of the wind and current will affect your progress. The ability to understand these patterns and use them to your advantage while racing is vital if you are seeking an edge.
In this sailing classic, Ian Proctor provides a thorough yet accessible analysis of how to read the wind and the currents in all conditions, and how to use this knowledge to enhance your boat's performance, and carry both helm and crew to victory. Considered the best book ever written on the subject, this book is an indispensible tool for any competitive sailor.
With a new Foreword by Bob Fisher, helpful explanatory illustrations and gems of priceless advice, this book is an essential companion on the journey to success.
NZ$40.00 + Delivery.
By David Houghton & Fiona Campbell. Paperback, 0.35kg, 170mm x 240mm, 137 pages, colour photographs and diagrams. Published 2016. 4th edition
The first edition of this book was published in 1986, and it has been the go-to wind book for dinghy champions ever since. This new-look fourth edition is fully updated for modern forecasting and analyses a revised set of popular racing venues around the world: unveiling what to expect from the weather at 30 regatta locations, it will get you ahead of the competition and powering up the leaderboard.
'Weather is a multidimensional and rarely simple, but this book expertly explains what can be a complicated subject in an easily understandable format'
NZ$35.00 + Delivery.
TUNING TO WIN.
By Ian Pinnell. Paperback, 0.30kg, 170mm x 240mm, 109 pages, colour photographs and diagrams. Published 2016.
Since most races are won or lost by a difference of less than 2% of racing time, you will soon be moving up the fleet. Hundreds of photos and diagrams illustrate every point. This book clearly explains what each control does and how to set up optimally for different conditions. Additional troubleshooting and skills section take things even further.
For dinghy tuning, this is the bible.
NZ$35.00 + Delivery.
By Dallas Murphy. Paperback, 0.27kg, 152m x 228mm, 170 pages, black and white diagrams.
By focusing on 'wind awareness,' this book will help new sailors understand the principles and practice of sail trim - that is, adjusting sails such that they interact most efficiently with the wind. There is a direct relationship between sailing efficiency and sailing fun. Knowing when, how, and why to trim your sails is the essence of sailing. If you understand trim, you understand sailing.
This books covers how to look at sails, how to distinguish good trim from bad, how to diagnose a blown-out sail, and much more. This book is essential reading for all beginning sailors, as well as for more experienced cruising sailors who want to get the most out of their boats.
NZ$35.00 + Delivery.
START TO WIN.
By Eric Twiname. Paperback, 0.61kg, 170mm x 246mm, 232 pages, colour photographs.
Anyone who learns to sail in the right way can win races, and in this sailing classic, Eric Twiname shows in detail why some helmsmen consistently win whilst others consistently finish in the middle or at the back of fleets. He explains how helmsman and crew are the main race-winning variables - not their boat - and shows how winning is primarily the result of a conscious mental process, with a series of clearly defined decisions correctly made.
Covers each part of the race from start to finish
Updated section on the Racing Rules.
Explanatory diagrams and specially taken photographic sequences
Advice on protest techniques, rounding marks and getting the best out of your crew.
NZ$40.00 + Delivery.
THE OFFHSORE RACE CREW'S MANUAL.
By Stuart Quarrie
Paperback, 0.51kg, 189mm x 186mm, 246 pages, full colour photographs and illustrations. Published 2013.
Good placings in any yacht race rely on the ability of the crew to work together to perform any boat-handling manoeuvre faultlessly and speedliy.
This must-have manual for aspiring as well as experienced race crew explains the evolution of just about every situation that is likely to be encountered during an offshore race. Each scenario is presented with an overview of the sequence of actions that should take place in order to achieve the objective, and the role of each crew member is set out in terms of how to prepare, carry out and complete the task. Helpful photographs and illustrations clearly illustrate the more complex situations.
The offshore Race Crew's Manual offers advice on:
Spinnaker hoists, tacks, gybes and peels.
Sail trim in light airs and heavy weather.
Crew roles from Bowman to Helmsman.
Sail changes, tacking and reefing.
Regardless of gender, age or level of experience, this book is essential for anyone who wants to be part of a winning offshore race crew.
NZ$45.00 + delivery.
By Malcolm McKeag.
Paperback, 171mm x 240mm, 95 pages, monochrome photos and drawings.
Going cruising for the first time?
Worried about being shouted at?
About to embark on a Competent Crew course?
Taking off for a sailing holiday?
Graduating from a dinghy to a yacht?
Constantly having to train new crews?
Then this book is the book for you. It starts from scratch and teaches you the wrinkles of the sailor's art, never forgetting that sailing is for pleasure. With these skills under your belt you will be welcome on board any cruising yacht...and be asked back!
NZ$41.00 + delivery.
RYA CREW TO WIN.
By Joe Glanfield. Paperback, 0.46kg, 195m x 260mm, 108 pages, full colour illustrations.
RYA Crew to Win explores the myth that crew are not as important as the helm; it confirms that the team is a vital ingredient to any crewed boat. If you want to sail faster, smarter and win races then Joe Glanfield covers all the technical essentials needed to succeed in crewed boats.
Creating a Winning Team
Fitness for Sailing
Using the Spinnaker
High Performance Dinghy Sailing
Tactics and Strategy
Remember, 'things don't come to those who wait', Get trained!
Was NZ$53.00 + Delivery.
Now NZ$40.00 + Delivery.
COMPETENT CREW FOR NEW CREW AND COMPETENT CREW STUDENTS..
ByPat Langley-Price & Phillip Ouvry. Paperback, 0.39kg, 155mm x 235mm, 155 pages, colour photographs and line drawings. Published in 2007.
Start off with the best advice you can get if you are doing a Competent Crew Course. This is a complete introduction to both shore based and practical aspects of the RYA Competent Crew Course. using helpful photos and explanatory diagrams, this readable and practical book will prepare you for your first time afloat
Sail trimming & Handling
Understanding the Compass and sailing a course.
Introduction to Meteorology
Anchoring and mooring
handling safety Equipment
Simple collision Rules.
NZ$35.00 + Delivery.
RYA COMPETENT CREW SKILLS.
By RYA. Paperback, 0.25kg, 148mm x 210mm, 110 pages, full colour illustrations. Published 2014
The RYA Competent Crew book is the official companion for the RYA's popular Competent Crew Course. This brand-new edition has been updated to include motor vessels, and it is still the must-have read for anyone getting started as a crew member on a cruising boat. Providing safe, and sound advice on seamanship and how to make sense of your first few days on board, RYA Competent Crew Skills is the gold-standard book for new sailors
NZ$35.00 + Delivery.
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