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  • Complete Sailing Manual
  • Stress-Free Sailing - 2nd ed.
  • Expert Sailing Skills
  • Hand Reef and Steer, 2nd ed
  • Sailing With Penny Whiting
  • Boating For All
  • RYA Yacht Sailing Techniques

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    By Steve Sleight. Softcover, 1.24kg, 448 pages, 200mm x 235mm, Colour, Black & White, Photographs and line drawings. Published 2021. 5th Edition

    A new edition of the essential go-to guide to sailing and boat maintenance, perfect for all levels of experience

    The only sailing manual you will ever need, fully revised and updated, covering everything from sailing basics to making repairs and mastering navigation.

    Steve Sleight offers a wealth of expert advice and guidance in the form of a complete tuition course on seamanship, which is brought to life with breathtaking action photography and clear instructions.

    Fully revised, this new edition features all of the latest developments in sailing - including foiling, long-distance cruising, and high-speed apparent-wind sailing - and navigation, with technology such as modern performance systems and electronic navigation. It also highlights the latest rules, regulations, and best practices - necessary for every keen sailor, from the novice to the seasoned seaperson.

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    Single and Short-handed Techniques.

    By Duncan Wells.Paperback, 0.46kg, 160 pages, 190mm x 245mm, Colour Photographs and line drawings. 2nd Edition published in 2021.
    By definition, couples sailing alone have to do everything for themselves. They leave the berth, set the sails, helm the boat, navigate, trim the sails, anchor, pick up mooring buoys, enter harbour, moor up and all without the help of any extra crew. So they need to carry out these manoeuvres efficiently and effectively, with as little physical effort as possible.
    Stress-free Sailing is the answer to single or short-handed crews' prayers – a step-by-step handbook, clearly illustrated with straightforward diagrams and sequence photos, addressing the most common sailing situations that anyone cruising will have to manage. Here you will find clever, highly effective and successful short-handed solutions for dealing with everything from getting off and then back onto the dock in a variety of wind and tide configurations, sail setting and reefing, mooring and anchoring, to sailing in heavy weather and new techniques for man overboard and more.
    This second edition has been thoroughly updated with new diagrams, photographs and practical tips and advice on mooring, navigating, anchoring and safety at sea. It also includes a total of 24QR codes dotted throughout, linking to additional video demonstrations that really bring the techniques to life. With its original techniques for coping in every situation, this book will be an invaluable reference.
    Duncan Wells is an RYA Instructor, Principal of Westview Sailing School and a featured Magazine writer for Yachting Monthly and Sail magazines

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    By Tom Cunliffe. Hardback, 0.93kg, 179 pages, 215mm x 303mm, full colour photos and illustrations. Published in 2012.
    There are plenty of sailing and seamanship skills that don't feature on the syllabus of even the most advanced official sailing courses - and a wealth of such wisdom can be found in these pages. There's advice on everything from fixing an engine to recovering a casualty from the water - and all of it is delivered with lively prose and hundreds of easy-to-follow photographs and diagrams.

  • Seamanship
  • Boat handling
  • Skippering
  • Navigation
  • Sail trim
  • Emergencies Sailing guru Tom Cunliffe teaches how to improve a vast range of sailing skills - from dropping anchor to planning a passage and from sailing harmoniously with your partner to using onboard electronics. each chapter deals with a specific skill and is highly illustrated with step-by-step photos.
    This selection of the best practical articles from the pages of Yachting Monthly magazine will help sailors at every level.

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    HAND, REEF AND STEER, Traditional Sailing Skills for Classic Boats. 2nd Edition
    By Tom Cunliffe. Pbk, 0.71 kgs, 190mm x 245mm, 224 pages. full colour photographs, drawings and plans. Published 2016
    In this book Tom explains the different sailing characteristics of traditionally rigged craft and shares his knowledge of the special skills required to handle them. Modern gaffers and replicas are covered as are large classic yachts and more modest craft. Tom shares invaluable techniques for handling heavy loads using tackles and reveals the mysteries of making the boat work for you rather than fighting the gear.

    He provides step by step advice on:

  • Setting up the rig
  • Sail handling skills - hoisting, setting and reefing
  • Heavy and light air sailing
  • Manouevring a long-keel boat
  • Losing way, scandalizing and steering with sails
  • Topsails, watersails, single-luff spinnakers and fisherman staysails
  • And much, much more

    Hand, Reef & Steer with its wonderful watercolour drawings and atmospheric photos will delight all who love the unique character and grace of classic craft.

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    By Penny Whiting. Softback. 191 Pages 180mmm x 240mm Reprinted 2021 0.57 kg. Photos and Line Drawings
    A Step-by-step guide to the Basics of Sailing.

    Covers the basics of sailing that must be understood by all beginners:from advice on how to buy a boat, knowing the parts of a boat, knots, sails and rigging, safety at sea, chartwork and navigation.

    The core of the book is a step-by-step guide that will enable people who want to sail to do so in a manner that is safe and well informed.

    Included is a chapter on Optimists and a section that explains the road code of the sea.

    Penny was awarded an MBE in 1994 for her services to sailing and this book, out of print until July 2021, is both a great resource and reference book.

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    By Mike and Dee Pigneguy. Pbk, 210mm x 297mm (A4), 132 Pages, full colour drawings.
    Following the success of their first book, Boating Fun, aimed at beginner sailors, Mike and Dee Pigneguy take readers to the next level. Included is easy-to-understand text that will help you learn about tides, cloud formations, how to maintain your boat, safety drills, how to read charts, how to plot your courses, how to take bearings and much more.

    NZ$20.00 + delivery.

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    By Jeremy Evans. Paperback, 0.7kg, 170m x 245mm, 222 pages, colour photographs and illustrations. Published in 2011.
    Thousands of hours are required to build up experience afloat and there will always be more things to learn. In the meantime, this book will help start the ball rolling, building expertise by providing a basic overview of yacht sailing techniques which should be enhanced by the RYA’s Competent Crew and Day Skipper courses.
    RYA Yacht Sailing Techniques is the perfect companion for any skipper or crew looking for the basic skills to enjoy cruising in good conditions.
    Contents include:
  • The layout and equipment on a small to medium sized yacht
  • The essential safety information that all need to know before getting underway
  • Basic maintenance
  • Manoeuvring in a marina
  • Handling under sail
  • Anchoring and mooring
  • Man overboard rescue strategy
    This will provide you with enough information to enjoy relaxed yacht cruising in favourable conditions with a family, particularly for flotilla or bareboat holidays. That means fair weather, light to moderate winds, little or no tide, a quiet sailing area, easily assessed navigational hazards, well protected anchorages with good holding and uncrowded marinas.
    Specific recommendations are made throughout the book to RYA courses and books for those who wish to increase their knowledge and expertise to higher levels.

    NZ$50.00 + delivery.

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