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Catamaran Racing: For the 90's Paperback – May, 1992

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by Gary Hoyt, Sailing World Columnist: "Rick White has written a very definitive book on multihulls -- informative to the beginner and interesting to the expert. Everything is laid out very logically to take you to faster sailing, including comments from various class experts. This is easy-to-read information that will put more fun and more speed into your sailing." By John Burnham, Editor of Sailing World: "From A to Z, Rick White covers cat racing's tactics, techniques and tuning -- then sails the extra mile by providing expert advice from champions like Carlton Tucker and Randy Smyth on how to sail specific designs..." By Randy Smyth, Olympic Medalist and World, National and NA Champ: "Rick White and Mary Wells, the gurus of catamaran clinics, tell all in 'Catamaran Racing: for the 90s.' Forget theories, they are sharing proven, race-winning strategies and techniques." By Eric Sharp, National Outdoor Journalist: 'It doesn't matter what kind of multihull you sail, or what size -- this book will make you better at it..." -- Book Review

About the Author

Rick White, the creator of Rick White's Sailing Seminars, is one of the pioneers of catamaran racing in the U.S. He purchased his first sailboat, a Shark catamaran, in the early 1960's when fleets were first developing on the East Coast and the Great Lakes. He was looking for a sport that would be exhilarating and competitive, but less damaging to his body than motocross and football had been. He's been hooked on multihulls ever since. Since 1965, Rick has won over 180 championships, including Nationals, North Americans, Mideasterns, Midwesterns, Southeasterns, Cup of Miami, the Schenley Cup and numerous State championships in such boats as Sharks, Tornados, Hobies, MacGregor 36s, F-28s, F-27s, F25Cs and F-24's. Sailboat Week Magazine liked his contributive writing and hired him as Multihull Editor. That magazine sold and so he then became a correspondent for Yachting, Sailing World, and Soundings. Rick is presently a columnist/contributor for Multihulls Magazine, and columnist/executive editor for Catamaran Sailor Magazine. White has since written four books on multihull racing, the most recent, Catamaran Racing: For the 90's, was released in the spring of 1992. Early in 1995, he released a new book Sailing Drills: How to sail Better, Faster, Smarter, Safer, a compilation of drills to improve sailboat handling abilities for all types of sailing -- for multihulls, monohulls and boardsailors. The rights to the same book were given to Fernhurst Books who published it under a different title, "Race Training." He has just completed the textbook that is the Official American Sailing Association Guide to Cruising and Bareboat Chartering, "Multihull Cruising Fundamentals." Now living in the Florida Keys and in Put-in-Bay, Ohio, White still races competitively, but is spending most of his time putting on seminars to help others get faster and promote the sport of one-design sailing. White is a USCG 500-ton Master Captain, with a sail endorsement, and for six years ran charters to the Bahamas in 67' Ketches that slept 24 people, and chartered his own 42' Solaris Cat as well.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Ram Pr (May 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1880871009
  • ISBN-13: 978-1880871003
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #855,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A very well rounded book that covers the fundamentals, as well as specific hints on the various boats out there (Prindle, Nacra, Hobie, etc.). While it is not designed to be a "cheat sheet" on going fast, there are a few things I re-read - namely off-wind tactics. Due to the inherent differences between Cats and monos, there are a few things I needed to un-learn to get faster. I'm no Worrell 1000 winner, but this book has moved me from the "How do they get so far ahead?" to "nipping at their heels". And it has certainly helped fill the trophy case..
The section on spinnakers is a little weak, but still will get you going downwind fast.
All in all, this book will teach the intermediate sailor (or advanced sailor with little cat experience) enough to stay within sight of the pack leaders. The rest you'll have to learn from those guys. Tuning your rig/tactics/crew is what wins races, and these are so varied that it's actually better that the book doesn't cover this - so not as to confuse sailors too much.
SPECIAL NOTE: Due to the publishing date, this book is sadly lax in it's instruction on several newer boats - namely the I-20, F-18 class, Hobie Tiger/Fox. Several new ideas have emerged that seem to work, but you'll have to learn that on your own out on the course! ;-)
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I find myself reviewing this book before I hit the water. After I return from the day's sailing I refer to it again to try and understand how I can improve on what I done that day. Rick White and Mary Wells have the ability to clearly explain the basics of boat handing and racing tactics in readable and direct language. The book is not afraid of stating an opinion where there are several points of views. It also discusses these views. I recommend this book to anyone at any level of catmaran sailing.
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Racing or not, this book is the key to sailing faster on a catamaran. I re-read it regularly to make sure that I'm conscious of all of the information while sailing my Hobie 18. The tuning aspect is useful, but more important are the chapters on sailing maneuvers and technique. There are many subtle and not so subtle differences between the way you would sail a dingy vs a catamaran, and just a handful of the tips in here can really lead to improvements in leaps and bounds on the water! I vehemently believe that this book took years off of my learning curve!

I was relatively new to catamaran sailing when I bought this book, and though I knew how to sail well, I did not know the intricacies of sailing catamarans. This book really helped me learn what I was doing wrong, and what I could be doing better. I was not off by much, but there were little nuances of technique that I didn't know... Things that wouldn't matter on a dingy that make all the difference in the world on a cat. As my skills improve and I re-read this book, I find more and more things to improve upon, and new techniques to try.

Aside from the chapters on technique, there are of course chapters on tuning, race strategy, and chapters specific to each catamaran type. Every one of these is just as useful as the section on technique, and I have referred to all of them regularly. The book explains very clearly what the skipper and crew should each be doing or focusing on, making it an invaluable reference for both! I cannot recommend it more highly!
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It's a shame the title includes the phrase "...For the 90's" because that makes you think the book is dated and no longer relevant. Nothing could be further from the truth. This is an advanced book that teaches you how handle catamarans based on their sail plan, hull design, weight distribution and rudder configuration. These forces have not changed and are present every time you go out. Every page of the book describes a technique for handling a common situation. I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking to learn how to sail a catamaran. My only caution is that it is a bit technical and can be difficult to follow unless you are already familiar with basic sailing terminology. Nevertheless, I believe this is the definitive book on catamaran sailing and a "must have" if you want to learn how to handle a boat.
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Ignore the "for the 90s", this book is just as relevant today. I've spent years sailing keelboats and struggled all last season to understand how to sail my new beach cat. The first chapter alone in this book is worth the price of the purchase. So many things make much better sense now, and I'm still not even halfway through it.
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Rick White is the master of communicating how to sail a catamaran. This book mirrors his seminars and videos. I think the video series might even be an even better starting point for most catamaran sailors because much of book is about how-to activities that should be visualized and practiced.
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Who needs this book:
If you are beyond learning how to sail (ie. which ropes to pull and how to hoist the mainsail).
If you want (or need) to go faster.
If you want to enjoy sailing, not wrestling your boat.
You sail or crew on a beach cat!

What do you get from it:
Learn what makes your boat "go" or slow.
(Painful) Mistakes, and how to avoid them.
How to "think right" (hard to explain) in theory so you get it right on the water!

Catamaran Sailing for the Nineties. It may sound dated in this millennium, but you would definitely be missing out on some excellent info if that deterred you from buying this excellent value for money book.

Rick and Mary have a great writing style. They somehow know how to take complicated theoretical problems and conjure up images in your mind. Some books are dry and theoretical, not so with this one! Because of their graphinc writing style, you can almost see exactly what they are explaining unfold in your head. Perhaps it could be a bit too much for an absolute beginner, but after a season of sailing, they too should be craving for more speed and control!
There are also a lot of diagrams to help those that need help visualize what is going on.
All in all, I am convinced that anyone (who does not already have a cupbourd full of olympic gold medals) that reads this and tests it out on the water will be a better sailor for it.
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