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By Mark Rushall. Softback, 0.81kg, 170mm x 245mm, 272 pages. Photographs and Line drawings. 3rd Edition. Published 2019.
Expertly written by world-renowned race strategist and Olympic Coach, Mark Rushall, the best-selling title is essential reading for those looking to win their next race on the water.
Packed with cutting-edge advice for sailors of all abilities.
New material includes expert advice on analysing weather conditions, high-speed racing, and positioning as strategy.
It also discusses strategy building and looks at all parts of the race in detail, recommending specific tactics for each stage.
The book is filled with easy to follow diagrams, detailed illustrations and excellent photography, breaking down the race to tell you exactly what to think about, how, when and why to do it.
NZ$75.00 + Delivery.
TACTICS TO WIN
By Nick Craig. Softback, 0.24kg, 170mm x 240mm, 86 pages. Photographs and Line drawings. Published 2018.
Tactics are vital to winning sailboat races. Multi-champion, Nick Craig, shows you how to develop a strategy and what tactics to adopt on every leg and at every mark of the course.
His first book, Helming to Win, was described as “original, thought provoking… like no other that has gone before it”. He now turns his highly analytical mind to the subject of tactics. He discusses the inputs into strategy, starting and the race plan (going through each leg in turn). Nick then tackles mark tactics, covering every different type of mark, and fleet tactics on every leg of the course. He finally focusses on boat-to-boat tactics, again on every leg of the course. In each situation he covers attacking and defensive tactics, either to get ahead or make sure you stay ahead.
Non-spinnaker, symmetrical spinnaker and asymmetric dinghies are all covered.
NZ$40.00 + Delivery.
HIGH PERFORMANCE SAILING.
By Frank Bethwaite. Paperback, 1.34kg, 193mm x 262mm, 422 pages, black and white photographs and diagrams.
This book has become the standard reference work on high speed racing techniques - the bible for racing sailors, from dinghies right through to America's Cup boats. Updated for this second edition with fascinating discoveries from new boat testing and recent developments, it remains ground-breaking in its thinking on boat speed, strategy and tactics, and timeless in its application. It is a book that no serious racing sailor should be without.
NZ$85.00 + Delivery.
HIGHER PERFORMANCE SAILING.
By Frank Bethwaite. Softback, 190 x 260mm, 431 pages, black and white photographs and illustrations.
In this revolutionary new work, Bethwaite explains the new art of apparent wind sailing, and the different handling and race planning techniques required to sail today's faster boats well. From both simulator and on-the-water research with sailors of different skills he explains why the Natural handling technique chosen by most sailors is intrinsically slower, and identifies the four critical points of difference between Natural and Fast handling techniques. He describes the detail of the Fast technique so that motivated sailors who adopt it can lift their game, sail among the leaders, and share the wins.
NZ$110.00 + Delivery.
ADVANCED RACING TACTICS.
By Stuart H Walker. Pbk, 155mm x 235mm (A5), 400 pages, monochrome drawings and plans.
Today far more sailors than ever before have reached a superior level of competitive ability, and the few individuals who remain at the head of the competitive classes year after year must constantly improve their sills. This book will help the sailor analyze for himself the determinants of tactical success.
One of the foremost theoreticians of the art of yacht racing, Stuart H. Walker is also an outstanding practicing racer. For eight years Dr. Walker kept a complete record of the factors that determined the outcome of every race in which he competed. The recommendations he offers in this book are based upon the analysis of these races - the mistakes and the successes. He sets forth basic principles of starting, beating, reaching, and mark rounding that should be practiced everytime, and he underlines what mattered, what consistently provided an advantage.
The advanced racing skipper, Dr. Walker writes, must look around, examine his own mistakes and successes, record them, review them, remember them. When he recognizes from his own experience the validity of the principles presented here, they will become useful to him. When he has incorporated them into his regular racing patterns, he will have made a five- or ten-year leap forward.
NZ$65.00 + Delivery.
Use a spinnaker
Understand polar diagrams
Judge the winds in your path
Reduce the drag on your hull
Round a mark to your advantage
Ignore distractions that disrupt your concentration on the job at hand
Shoot across the finish line in a close race
PERFORMANCE SAILING AND RACING.
By Steve Colgate. Paperback, 0.31kg, 216mm x 275mm, 122 pages, colour illustration. Published in 2012.
The desire to sail faster is not just a need for speed, but a longing for the feel of efficiently driving your boat at peak performance. It's the thrill of pushing your skills to their apex, experiencing supreme confidence in your ability to go fast. Sailing instructor and racing veteran Steve Colgate shows you how to reach these goals with Performance Sailing & Racing. Colgate shares his wisdom on sail control, sail trim, boat handling, racing tactics, and more - all the factors that let you sail your boat better and faster. Inside you'll learn how to :
Full of clear, friendly, and practical tricks and tips that can be implemented next time you sail, Steve gives you the knowledge to sail faster - whether it's to win the next race or just to blow past the other boats in the outer harbour.
NZ$48.00 + Delivery.
THE SYMMETRY OF SAILING, The Physics of Sailing for Yachtsmen.
By Ross Garrett. Pbk, 245mm x 185mm, 268 pages, monochrome drawings and plans.
Why must a boat make leeway in order to sail to windward? How can a helmsman prevent downwind rolling? Why is a sail able to produce a force at right angles to the wind direction? How do the motions of water particles in waves affect boat handling? These and many other important questions are addressed by the author in this detailed study of the motive forces of a yacht.
The author has the rare gift of enabling his readers to relate the nautical phenomena with which they are so familiar to a physical explanation of how and why these occur. The first part covers downwind sailing, upwind sailing, sails, the hull, and the dynamic motion of a yacht. Part two is devoted to more mathematical explanations of the same phenomena for those requiring a more scientific approach.
After five years of working in medical physics in the U.S., Ross Garrett returned to New Zealand to teach and research nuclear physics, which he combined with racing small catamarans and trailer sailers. The Symmetry of Sailing is based on a series of lectures given to amateur sailors at the University of Auckland.
Was NZ$85.00 + Delivery.
COACH YOURSELF TO WIN. Sail to Win series
By Jon Emmett
Paperback, 0.22kg, 170mm x 240mm, 84 pages, full colour illustrations and photographs. Published 2015.
In this book, Jon Emmett takes you through the 12 fundamental elements of successful sailing, providing detailed analysis, challenging exercises and useful top tips on each concept. Every chapter is also closed with not-to-be-missed advice from Olympic medallists.
This book is the next best thing to having a personal sailing coach. Whether your aim is Club, National, International (or even Olympic) success, this is what you need to get winning on the water and achieve your goals!
You will learn all about:
Targets & goal setting
Strategy & tactics
A Winning mental attitude
NZ$45.00 + delivery.
HELMING TO WIN. Sail to Win series
By Nick Craig
Paperback, 0.19kg, 170mm x 240mm, 70 pages, full colour photographs and illustrations. Published 2015.
In this breakthrough book Nick Craig provides you with the tools you need to make the transition – just as he did – from club racer to championship winner. Packed full of intelligent insight, brilliant top tips and engaging photo sequences, it will have you following in his winning footsteps
Like most of the readers of this book, Nick is not a professional sailor – proving that anyone can achieve their goals with enough hard work and dedication. Read this book and prepare to win (and don’t show it to your competitors!)
You will learn all about:
Where to look
How to get fast
Getting ‘ in the groove’
Angles & lanes
NZ$35.00 + delivery.
By Bill Gladstone.
Paperback, 279mm x 211mm, 208 pages, monochrome drawings. 6th Ed. 2021
Sail trim, boat speed and boat handling....200 pages....100s of illustration!The world's most comprehensive resource on boatspeed and sail trim for today's racing sailor.
The racing pyramid, Sail trim theory.
Upwind boathandling, Genoa trim.
Mainsail trim, Upwind steering technique.
Spinnaker trim, Spinnaker sets, jibes and takedowns.
Asymmetric spinnaker trim, Asymmetric spinnaker handling.
Downwind steering technique, Boat preparation.
Rig tuning, Performance instruments.
NZ$75.00 + delivery.
NORTH U - RACING TACTICS.
By Bill Gladstone.
Paperback, 279mm x 211mm, 220 pages, monochrome drawings. 2013
Racing strategy, tactics and rules. The world's most complete resource on sailboat racing tactics.
The seventh edition covers tactics, rules, weather, and strategy in 180 information-packed pages.
The fast moving, easy to follow format is accessible to all readers. Rules are covered the way you use them – (ie upwind rules as part of upwind tactics).
The content offers complete information for neophytes and insights which grab the attention of the saltiest dog.
Quizzes and skill building sections show how to develop a race winning approach.
An essential part of any racing sailors library.
NZ$75.00 + delivery.
THE PSYCHOLOGY OF SAILING.
By Ian Brown, Paperback, 138mm x 216mm, 122 pages, full colour photos.
Sailing is a unique sport - you need an agile yet resilient mindset, and the ability to rapidly analyse a multitude of complicated and often conflicting data whilst maintaining focus and confidence. You also need to be able to identify strengths and weaknesses, set effective goals and plan how to achieve them.
This highly practical book will give you the techniques to do just that, whether you are at club or Olympic level. As well as looking at how to deal with specific problems, Ian Brown shows how to enhance your performance by developing a really effective mental toolbox:
Develop a professional approach - focus on the controllables
Set yourself effective goals
Improve your concentration - what should you focus on and when?
Eliminate unwanted distractions
Get psyched up without getting psyched out - being in 'the zone' and staying there
Use imagery to build your confidence, reduce anxiety and refine your skills
Stay positive - turn round negative scenarios
Work effectively as a team, whether with coaches or crew
With tips on how to make an instant difference and strategies for the longer term, this book is the first building block in creating a really winning mentality.
NZ$40.00 + delivery.
THE PHYSICS OF SAILING EXPLAINED.
By Bryon D.Anderson. Pbk, 140mm x 215mm, 152 pages, monochrome photographs and drawings.
What is the best shape for a sailboat? How does turbulence affect a sailboat’s movement through water? Why do some keels have wings? Is it true that some sailboats can sail faster upwind than downwind?
Authoritative yet accessible, this is the perfect book for all those sailors who want to enhance their understanding and enjoyment of life at sea. It will enable cruisers and racers alike to better grasp how sails, keels, and hulls work together to keep boats afloat, and will sharpen their skills with a more subtle and thorough appreciation of why various boat design features are present and why certain tactics work in certain situations. Anderson outlines the science behind sailing in a way that anyone can understand and benefit from without having to trudge through a physics text or become a naval architect.
The descriptions are conveyed simply, concisely, and with many examples and illustrations, using photographs and excellent line drawings of the forces involved.
NZ$45.00 + delivery.
BE YOUR OWN TACTICS COACH.
By Jon Emmett.
Paperback, 0.46kg, 170mm x 210mm, 195 pages, colour diagrams.
This book takes sailors through a comprehensive programme to help master race course strategy.
Individual chapters look at every aspect of tactical success from before you get on the water, through the pre-start and start, to the various race stages. Each section contains detailed advice for beginner, intermediate and advanced sailors. Ideal for dinghy sailors, there is also a wealth of advice that will benefit yachtsmen.
More than a hundred diagrams allow lessons to be learned at a glance and make this a useful aide-memoire as well as a tactical text book.
Be YOur Own Tactics Coach is a practical way to improve your racing results, whether starting out, moving up the club circuit or competing at national level and beyond.
Learn the secrets that help win races
Discover the tactics that will improve your performance
Clear diagrams ensure immediate understanding
NZ$55.00 + delivery.
ON COURSE TO WIN.
By Jim Saltonstall. Paperback, 0.24kg, 136mm x 216mm, 96 pages, colour photographs. Published in 2013.
Jim Saltonstall, racing guru and former coach for multiple national, European, world and Olympic racing champions, distills his wisdom of forty years in the business in this quick-reference handbook. On Course to Win provides invaluable knowledge for all dinghy, yacht and windsurfers to help them advance in one of the most challenging sports in the world.
Sprinkled with Jim's trademark sense of humour and lightness of touch, this book tackles a wide variety of situations that can arise on the racecourse in bite-sized portions. Jim's invaluable advice, tips, wisdom and intelligent analysis are coupled with photographs that illustrate specific aspects of racing and boat handling to provide 'coach at your shoulder'reassurance and guidance to push you up the fleet. And there is a checklist of all the key issues racers need to keep in mind as they progress around the course too. On Course to Win is a book that should be in every would-be champion;s kitbag, both on and off the water.
NZ$37.00 + Delivery.
TEAM RACING COMPANION.
By Chris Atkins. Spiral , 80mm x 220mm, 12 pages - laminated and splash proof with full colour illustrations.
Packed full with diagrams to illustrate the text, this companion describes the most useful moves around the race course, and the key rules that govern such moves. With sections on how to slow and how to overtake; how to win the start and how to control the final beat; the best routines for practising; how to develop as a team, from beginner to champion; the process for umpired sailing; and team roles, and how to make sure everyone enjoys playing a full part in the team.
Whether you are an Optimist sailor, coach or parent, a student, or a club keelboat sailor looking to join in the club’s team racing activities, this is the best investment you can make to improve your results and increase your fun.
NZ$22.00 + delivery.
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