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Catamaran Racing: For the 90's Paperback – May, 1992
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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! ;-)
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book! Well written and has a lot of useful information about sailing, tuning your cat, racing, etc. I agree with the other reviewers that give it a positive rating.Published 1 month ago by Matt R.
Though a bit dated relative to modern cats, it is very informative and dead-on in its advice. Very clear, very helpful!Published 15 months ago by Jill Beckett
Bought this for my son who is just learning to sail his 16 Hobi Cat. Not a lot of information out there. He likes the book.Published on July 24, 2014 by Tommy Gun
There is no better book on small catamaran sailing. Rick and Mary are world-class experts on training cat sailors, and this book is full of info you will not find elsewhere.Published on December 7, 2013 by OSXrox
I haven't had time to read much of it yet, but so far very informative and I will be a whole different sailor when the warm weather returns. Read morePublished on November 30, 2012 by James
Loved this book. I have sailed a cruising catamaran for the last 20 years, and I thought I knew it all :)
I particularly liked the chapters on sail interaction. Read more
This book is a must-read if you own a catamaran, and want to learn how to operate it. I want to high-light 3 items from the book that were valuable advice to me, and that I have... Read morePublished on July 8, 2009 by Markus Wloka