The Laser is the world's most popular adult dinghy and comes with three rigs: Standard (used by men at the Olympic games), Radial (used by women at the Olympic games) and 4.7 (used by young people moving up from the Optimist). But the boat is not restricted to top athletes; its versatility means that it is an ideal boat for beginners and club racers too. Lasers can be found at nearly every sailing club throughout the world. Targeted at the club sailor, The Laser Book covers the techniques and skills needed to succeed in Laser sailing, for those starting out through to those striving to win their Club Championship. Whether you are a youngster moving up to a 4.7 or a club sailor looking to improve your results, expert advice from author Tim Davison, plus contributions from Laser gold medallists, world champions and their coaches, will take your Laser sailing to the next level. Beginning with setting up the boat, Davison takes you through your early sailing experiences and caring for your Laser. Developing your skills on all points of sailing, you will then be introduced to race tuning and racing itself. This is detailed for all three Laser rigs, including the new Mk2 Standard sail. Over 350 photographs show you exactly how it's done and 50 diagrams illustrate key boat parts, the different points of sailing and complex on-the-water scenarios with clarity. Whatever your background, your current level or the extent of your ambition, this book gives you all the tools you need to get out on the water and improve your Laser sailing.
Sailing for Kids is aimed at children aged 8-15 who are taking their first steps into the fantastic world of sailing. Packed full of colour photographs and diagrams, this straightforward and easy-to-understand guide is the perfect introduction to the sport. It is based on the Optimist dinghy, which is the most popular children's sailing dinghy worldwide, and endorsed by the UK Optimist Class Association. Topics covered include what to wear, setting up the boat, sailing and safety. For those who want to go further, there are also tips on sailing faster and preparing to race.
The Skipper's Cockpit Racing Guide is an at-a-glance reference for dinghy and yacht racers, covering everything they need to know to improve their performance - and win. From those in their first year of racing to old hands wondering why they're not winning, this splash-proof, lie-flat guide covers an enormous amount of detail in a simple, easy to follow format. Topics are broken down into photo sequences, boxes, flowcharts, hints and tips, and cover: - setting your goals - assembling the right boat and gear - practising and tuning (straight line, tacking, gybing, rounding marks, doing penalties) - starting (planning, set-up of rig and foils) - race strategy (beating, reaching, running) - tactics against the opposition - crewing skills (trim, weight) - tides and currents (what affects the flow, using them to your advantage) - wind (wind shadows, wind bends, forecasts) - spinnakers (symmetric, asymmetric, hoist, gybe, drop) - rules (start, beat, reach, run) A final section on troubleshooting enables readers to rate their performance and identify areas for improvement, handily linking back to those pages in the book.
Skippers and crew have very different agenda, and nowhere does it become more evident than in their secret innermost - but not very often expressed - thoughts about the other. This brilliantly original humour giftbook has two beginnings. Opened one way it sends up skippers (from the crew's point of view). Flipped over and opened the other way it sends up crew instead (from the skipper's perspective). Bringing into play all the scenarios that cause stress, hilarity, scorn, angst and difficulty on a boat, when both sides co-exist in close proximity, this is a tongue in cheek send-up of each side that the other will heartily relate to and endorse. Cartoons help bring to life the inherent humour of the relationships between skippers and their crews. This is a book with universal humour which will travel everywhere there are crews at the mercy of slave-driving or incompetent skippers or skippers cursed with lazy or imbecilic crew.
The Crew's Pocketbook is the perfect companion for anyone learning the ropes of yachting. Written in a friendly and approachable way, it assumes no nautical knowledge and uses diagrams and photographs to demystify the art of sailing. There are simple explanations of how a yacht works and an explanation of key vocabulary. New crew will be able to climb aboard safely, be a help to the skipper and stay safe, ensuring their first sail is a pleasurable experience. They'll even know how to use a marine toilet. More experienced sailors will have a practical aide memoire with guidance on knots, manoeuvres and sail trim. The author is a national and European sailing champion with thousands of miles cruising miles in his wake. He is a highly experienced skipper who regularly welcomes new crew on board. The tips and techniques included in the Crew's Pocketbook will help you pass your sailing exams and, most importantly, ensure your time spent sailing is both safe and enjoyable.
The Laser Book is the definitive Laser sailing manual for beginner, intermediate and advanced sailors. Bursting with practical advice on rigging, launching and sailing in all conditions, this is the ultimate guide for all Laser sailors.The book also includes setting up new control lines, mastering the Standard, 4.7 and Radial rigs, sailing faster (upwind and downwind) and outsmarting the competition.Get the secrets from World class racers: Paul Goodison - Olympic Gold medallist, past World, European and British Champion; Steven Cockerill - 6 time Laser Radial National Champion and Radial Masters World Champion; and Philip White - 4th in the Laser 4.7 Worlds, all impart their knowledge and expertise with tips, hints and advice.
A handy splashproof guide to the navigator's art for yacht and motorboat owners This book tells the navigator how to find out where they are and how to proceed to their destination. Seamanship and navigation are the cornerstones of yacht sailing. This book covers all the essentials in a small, companion format for easy, onboard use.
An essential guide to tying knots in splash proof ring bound format This full colour, clearly illustrated book covers cover the top 10 knots everyone should know, plus coiling and throwing a rope, and whipping (stopping the end unravelling). It is part of of Fernhurst's highly popular Companion series. All Companion books feature essential information - colour coded for instant access. Designed to withstand the rigours of on-board use they are splash proof, ringbound and printed on durable laminated card.* Everyone needs knots: sailors, fishermen, girl guides, etc.* Features the 10 knots everyone should know.* Colour sequences of drawings show how to tie the knot, step-by-step.* The use, good and bad points of each knot is highlighted.* Splash proof ring bound format.