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Wind Strategy Paperback – September 13, 2004

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From the Back Cover

This book is gold dust for sailors.

Will there be a sea breeze today?

Will one side of the course have better wind?

Will the wind shift during the race?

For nearly 20 years Wind Strategy has given sailors the answer to these questions and many more. It gives a set of basic principles so that you can predict the wind's behaviour virtually anywhere in the world. It shows how the wind will shift and bend over the relatively small area of the racecourse, and how it is modified by:

  • The sea breeze
  • The land breeze
  • Gusts
  • Clouds
  • Cliffs
  • Other boats
  • Islands
  • The shore
  • Currents
  • Water temperature. 

The book also gives specific wind advice for over 20 popular venues, from the Solent to Sydney.

In short, Wind Strategy gives you the "local knowledge" you need to become a winner.

Recommended for all racing sailors.


About the Author

David Houghton has been weather adviser to Britain’s Olympic, Admiral’s Cup, America’s Cup and Whitbread teams for over 30 years. His experience of meteorology, sailing and regatta venues is encyclopaedic.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: *Wiley Nautical; 3 edition (September 13, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904475124
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904475125
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.3 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #758,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Not a good book for your first explanation of the subject. This book, first copyrighted in 1986 and now released re-edited in 2004, "may" have one time been great, but not after editing it to be "modern". Sorry, the color pictures that are really nice do not fix the writing problem.

This technical book has NO GLOSSARY for word definitions so sooner or later you will be completely lost unless you already know the information. This technical book has NO INDEX so you can NOT FIND references to other pages on the same subject. Go ahead read it, you will be lost QUICKLY.

The chapters clip along using shortest explanations and occasionally leave out information expecting that you already know what they are talking about. Information that should be in bullets or separated as separate paragraphs are crammed into one long paragraph. Word definitions such as "backing" on page 11 are crammed into the center of a paragraph rather than separately pulled out and given the needed full explanation. Sometimes the inline defining method works but with the complex effects of earth rotation and wind rotation it does NOT work (see my last comment below).

Leaving out a quality introduction chapter to quickly review the naming conventions of sail racing and wind is STUPID making this book unsuitable for any audience. Good luck to the bewildered readers.

Example: On page 9, a key point, the earth's rotation direction is NOT given, so the diagrams shown don't make sense because if you don't know the correct rotation direction you will REVERSE the meaning of the diagrams and thus loose the logic of the wind. You say this doesn't matter that everyone knows the earth's direction?
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Thomas L. Burgin on June 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
I am always looking for a book that can help me sail in Kansas. Kansas is the place where the forcast is 10 to 15, but the wind can be 3 or 25 knots. The wind on our last race was 305 to 342 with shifts about 2.5 minutes.

For a small lake sailer this book does have some information, but not what is needed.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brian R. Bergantz on July 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book has brought out details of racing factors which definitely affect a races outcome. It is readable and immediately usable. It definitely promotes further insightfulness to sailing venues and awareness of conditions affecting the wind, which in no small part determines the outcome of any race. I recommend this book to any sailor who wishes to take the next step into a more technical relm of sailing.
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