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Getting Started in Sailboat Racing, 2nd Edition Paperback – May 14, 2013
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"Just the tutorial you are looking for...Cort and Stearns deftly break down racing, from start to finish, into the basic elements, making the sport more accessible by giving the novice a strong understanding of the fundamentals from which to build. This book should be required reading for anyone wanting to get out on the course. ...the book [will make] the average sailor not only comfortable on the racecourse but competitive as well." --Tm Gregiore Sailing 20091101 "An excellent resource." Sailing World 20051101
About the Author
Adam Cort is a former editor and regular contributor to Sailing magazine. He is a lifelong sailor, has cruised extensively, and has sailed and raced dinghies, maxis, and most boats in between.
Richard Stearns is an America’s Cup veteran and career sailor, sailmaker, boatbuilder and boat salesman. He has participated in 39 Chicago to Mackinac races winning 5 times, competed in 5 Olympic campaigns, won multiple North American championships and competed in Worlds and hemispheric championships around the world. Stearns has compiled an impressive record of international victories including three wins in the Southern Ocean Racing Circuit (SORC). Rich has won championships in boats form the 11 foot Penguin dinghy to 70-foot yachts.
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This book is like a classroom, while reading I can replay practices and, racing event, see what I did, to what I should have done. I am still reading/rereading this book replaying scenarios, it's like an adult video game,
Just Awesome !
I started with "One Design" by Dave Perry: w/out racing experience, for me wrong book. I will read One Design, after I absorb Sailboat Racing.
Fair Winds, Fair Seas,
HUGE issue---- I bought this as a digital book versus a printed copy. This is one of those books you really need onboard in a readable format. For example- the book addresses things like backstay tension for various points of sail. This is something that one really wants as a reference while sailing. If I had purchased a paper version it would have stickie-bookmarks for each point of sail. While it is theoretically possible to do this on a digital device, even on a 33 foot sailboat, managing a touch screen and reading it on deck as the spray is flying is "challenging".
Bottom line- buy it!
If you think you know everything about sailing then this book is also a good way to keep you in line with what you actually don't know.