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Sailing Made Easy Perfect Paperback – February 1, 2010

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When I first met American Sailing Association Executive Director Charlie Nobles four years ago he told me the association was in the process of updating its instructional sailing books. Looking at the newly published Sailing Made Easy, it is easy to see that those four years were time well spent. The superbly produced textbook, which will serve as the new official textbook for the ASA's Basic Keelboat course, is the perfect tool for learning the basics of sailing. Learning to sail is primarily a visual process, and Sailing Made Easy gets it right with high-quality, detailed illustrations and photographs. Text is clear and concise, and the book's layout just makes sense, with each topic given its own two-page spread that allows students to seamlessly progress through subjects as they build on their knowledge of sailing skills. Moreover, the writing is not a stale recitation of do's and don'ts, but will hold a reader's interest, making learning fun, as it should be. That writing is thanks to a team of expert sailing instructors led by coeditors Peter Isler and Jeremy McGreary. At 120 pages, the textbook features a water-resistant cover and is color coded and indexed for easy reference. A glossary contains common sailing terms and chapter quizzes let students test their understanding of the material. --Tim Gregoire, Sailing Magazine, July 2010

Sailing education just got a face-lift. The American Sailing Association recently published Sailing Made Easy, perhaps the most comprehensive learn-to-sail guide on bookshelves today. Editors Peter Isler and Jeremy McGeary worked with lead writer Harry Munns to compile a beautifully designed and thoroughly researched manual that covers all of ASA's 101 course. The text summarizes hundreds of complex sailing concepts and is accompanied by useful illustrations and great photos. There are quizzes at the end of each chapter, and a glossary helps those new to sailing navigate their way through the extensive nautical lexicon they've just learned. Sailing Made Easy is a significant improvement over its predecessor and is best coupled with an ASA class, where you can take the lessons from the book and apply them on the water. --Meredith Laitos, Sail Magazine, June 2010

Sailing education just got a face-lift. The American Sailing Association recently published Sailing Made Easy, perhaps the most comprehensive learn-to-sail guide on bookshelves today. Editors Peter Isler and Jeremy McGeary worked with lead writer Harry Munns to compile a beautifully designed and thoroughly researched manual that covers all of ASA's 101 course. The text summarizes hundreds of complex sailing concepts and is accompanied by useful illustrations and great photos. There are quizzes at the end of each chapter, and a glossary helps those new to sailing navigate their way through the extensive nautical lexicon they've just learned. Sailing Made Easy is a significant improvement over its predecessor and is best coupled with an ASA class, where you can take the lessons from the book and apply them on the water. --Meredith Laitos, Sailing Magazine, June 2010

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The American Sailing Association (ASA) is a leader in the sailing community with a strong emphasis on education and boating safety. We have been in the sailing business since 1983. We can say, without reservation, that this is the best learn-to-sail book available.
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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: American Sailing Assoc; Highlighting edition (February 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098210250X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982102503
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My wife and I bought ASA's "Sailing Made Easy" as a companion book to our first-ever foray into keelboat sailing. We own dozens of boating books. This is the one to read if you're just starting out with a keel sailboat. There are few endeavors that necessitate mastering so much vocabulary as quickly as sailing. The clear explanations and copious illustrations and photographs in this book will help you get on top of the learning curve. A solid glossary, logical order to the chapters, and several self-tests make this 120-page book exceptionally user-friendly.
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Sailing Made Easy is head and shoulders above its predecessor Sailing Fundamentals. It flows beautifully from start to finish and contains everything you need to get the ASA 101 certification. It is the first place to start and a must have if you are a beginner. Use Sailing Fundamentals later if you like but you can't beat Sailing Made Easy.
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Purchased to accompany sailing lessons and eventually certification and boat ownership. This reference book is great. Pictures, illustrations, and explanations are all concise and easy to understand. One of the instructors recommended it.
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This book is VERY readable and presents all the basics of sailing with easy to understand text, images, and diagrams. I was able to participate knowledgeably in my sailing class after reading this book and trying my hand at the review questions. The review questions at the end of every other chapter were excellent preparation for the written exam for my ASA basic 101 certification. The real test is significantly easier than the practice questions, but I like for practice to be more difficult than the real deal.
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The first book to buy for anyone interested in learning how to sail. This IS the American Sailing Association manual for its ASA 101 (Basic Keel board boats) course. From start to finish, the book is packed full of easy to understand instructions and explanations. If you have never sailed, or have not sailed in a long time, this is where you start. I learned more in my two day course, of which they used this book in the instruction phase, than I did in the weeks of experimentation with my newly purchased 27' sailboat before I took the course. This book gave me all the information I needed prior to taking the ASA 101 course, which in turn, allowed me to get on the water quickly. Excellent book.
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A very well written guide to basic keel boat sailing. This combined with professional instruction makes you really learn the items quick.

I took sailing lessons with a charter club that recommended I use "Sailing Fundamentals" by Gary Jobson. Both books are good, but the color illustrations and better graphics in this book makes it a lot better. It definitely a better read than the book by Gary Jobson.

I found that one book explained a concept better than another, and ultimately I was able to read both books to learn the subject. But still, learning to read a book and sail is not recommended without professional instruction.

Ultimately you got to know how to Tack, Jibe, MOB, Reef and Heave To. Sailing isnt hard, but its terms are confusing. I liked the ASA book a lot more.
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I so want to get a sail boat one day. This was a great introduction. There's a lot more to sailing a boat than I thought there was but this covered all the basics, terminology and methods. Glad I purchased it.
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Written for the complete novice in mind, it has all the information you need to feel comfortable about stepping aboard a keelboat, manage simple maneuvers, prepare for the ASA 101 Standard (Basic Keelboat) exam. The content is thorough, the illustration is excellent, the photography is great. Even after sailing a bit, I can not imagine how else this book could be any better or thorough.
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