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.
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.
ILLUSTRATED SAIL & RIG TUNING.
By Ivan Dedekam. Pbk, 170mm x 240mm, 80 pages, full colour illustrations. 2nd edition 2018
This book is an English language edition of a Norwegian book published by Dedekam Design
Beautifully illustrated and well-organised, this book shows you how to trim your sails and rig for maximum performance. With a revolutionary approach to sail and rig tuning, it tackles the practical and realistic elements of tuning your boat as well as the theory of sail aerodynamics. The book covers the many variations in boat, sail and rig design.
It has become the bible on tuning..
NZ$40.00 + 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.
NZ$30.00 + delivery.
SAIL AND RIG. THE TUNING GUIDE.
By Magne Klann - Oyvind Bordal. Softback, 0.54kg. 191 Pages. Colour Photos and Line Drawings. Published in 2018.
The complete guide on how to trim sails and tune rigging for all conditions to make the boat sail faster and safer. A well-trimmed sailing boat is not only faster – it heels less, balances better and is more comfortable. Wear and load is reduced and expensive gear lasts longer. The risk of damage or rig failure is significantly lower when you know how to take care of your rig and sails.
This book provides a clear understanding of the dynamics of rig and sail and how to get them working together in harmony with the elements.
With hundreds of colour photographs and illustrations throughout, the text is concise and precise, divided into sections to make it easy to find exactly what you need. Research for this book was carried out with professional riggers, sailmakers and international elite sailors as consultants resulting in a book that should be part of every sailor’s basic kit.
Suitable for all levels.
NZ$58.00 + Delivery.
CAPTAIN'S QUICK GUIDE. SAIL TRIM AND RIG TUNING
By Bill Gladstone. Laminated Waterproof Fold Out Sheet - 14 Panels, 2005.
This quick guide covers all the basics of rig tuning, sail setting and shaping for cruisers as well as racers.
NZ$25.00 + 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:
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.
WIND COMPANION FOR RACING SAILORS.
By David Houghton & Fiona Campbell. Spiral, 0.06kg, 80mm x 220mm, 24 pages, 42 Illustrations. Published 2020.
Out of all the explanations for why a sailor has lost out on a race, an unforeseen change in the wind and the weather is by far one of the most frequent.
Whether a bad windshift; the non-occurrence of a sea breeze; or being becalmed, the weather has a huge impact on racing.
However, it is not hard to turn these problems around. This handy guide has all you need to work out the best way to use the wind to your advantage and boost you up the fleet.
The book covers all the essentials for racing, from why gusts form and where to find them, to the formation of the sea breeze (which is never quite as simple as first appears!).
Splash-proof and spiral bound, this little companion stands up to frequent use and serves as a great aide-memoire that will fit into your pocket or kit bag,
meaning that you can always work out a detailed forecast for your specific racing area, regardless of whether you are on home territory or on completely new waters.
NZ$22.00 + 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$45.00 + Delivery.
CREWING TO WIN.
By Saskia Clark. Softback, 0.31kg, 170mm x 240mm, 125 pages, colour photographs and diagrams. Published 2019.
The crew of a racing boat is as important as the helmsman – they work as a team to sail as fast as they can. But different members of that team have different roles in the boat. In addition to the obvious roles which belong to the crew – trimming the jib and spinnaker and helping keep the boat upright – the crew can also contribute to tactics, boat tuning, watching the competition and so on.
In this book, Olympic gold medallist crew, Saskia Clark, describes all that is needed to become a top-rate crew, or just be a better crew at whatever level you want to compete at.
She initially takes you through getting started as a crew and team – choosing a boat and setting your goals. She then turns to the specific crewing skills of hiking, trapezing, tacking, gybing, handling the spinnaker and having good boatspeed on each leg of the course. The focus then turns to racing and particularly the roles of each member of the team, communication, decision making and execution around the race course. Finally, she brings it all together with advice on how you can be the best crew and a great team.
NZ$45.00 + Delivery.
TRAINING TO WIN.
By Jon Emmett. Softback, 0.21kg, 170mm x 240mm, 69 pages, colour photographs and diagrams. Published 2019.
Gold medal winning coach, Jon Emmett works with sailors and coaches around the world and is frequently asked things like: ‘What is a good exercise to improve this?’ ‘Why do we do this exercise?’ ‘How do we make the exercise more / less difficult?’ This book is the answer to those frequently asked questions.
It contains training exercises for each element of a sailing race. As well as describing and illustrating the exercise, it tells you what skills you are trying to improve, why and how to make the exercise harder or easier.
The book will enable coaches to deliver better, more focussed, training sessions, but it will also help sailors who don’t have the benefit of a coach to practise and improve their sailing skills. The exercises are marked as to whether they are suitable for solo boats, groups of boats or those with a coach boat.
NZ$40.00 + Delivery.
TACTICS MADE SIMPLE.
By Jon Emmett. Softback, 0.26kg, 170mm x 240mm, 99 pages, colour photographs and diagrams. Published 2019.
To consistently win races you need to sail fast and smart – making the right decisions to sail the best course. If you are not the fastest boat, you are still able to win races and regattas by managing risk and sailing smart. This is where good tactics come in.
But, unlike boatspeed, tactics may be learnt by thinking about each leg of the course and different situations from the comfort of your own home. Jon Emmett’s new book, Tactics Made Simple, is a great tool to help fast track this learning.”
This book explains simply, through hundreds of diagrams, what tactics can be applied around the race track. Individual boats in each scenario are given names so that you can easily understand what they are doing. Individual chapters take you around the race course, from before you get on the water, through the pre-start, start, different legs and manoeuvres. Each section contains detailed advice for the beginner, intermediate and advanced sailor so you can just look at the level of tactics relevant to you.
Ideal for dinghy sailors, there is also a wealth of advice that will benefit yachtsmen. This is a practical way to improve your racing results, whether starting out, moving up the club circuit or competing at national level and beyond.
NZ$45.00 + 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$36.00 + Delivery.
HELMING TO WIN.
By Nick Craig. Paperback, 0.30kg, 170mm x 240mm, 109 pages, colour photographs and diagrams. Published 2016.
In this breakthrough book he provides you with the tools you need to make the transition - just as he did - from club racer to championship wiunner. Packed full of intelligent insight, nrilliant top tips and engaging photo sequences, it will have you folloing in his winning footsteps!
Read this book and prepare to win.
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.