Sailing : The Basics: The Book That Has Launched Thousands

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With SAILING, acclaimed teacher and racer Dave Franzel moves you quickly from book to boat. It is his firm conviction that the best and most effective way to learn to sail is to be out on the water. Accordingly, he treats the theory of sailing in a straightforward, no-nonsense fashion--just the way he's done so successfully for years at his Boston Sailing Center. The essential information in this book is comprehensive, effectively reinforced, and clarified with more than 100 excellent line drawings. SAILING is exactly what it says it is. After studying this book, you'll understand the fundamental concepts well enough to be confident of your abilities when you board your boat for the first time. You'll learn how to sail on and off moorings and docks, how to trim the sail, and how to balance the boat properly. You will be introduced to the rules of the road, anchoring, navigation, spinnaker sailing, heavy-weather sailing, and basic seamanship. In short, you'll have all the keys to a successful, fun, and safe time under sail. Pleasant sailing!
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Product details

  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 175.26 x 251.46 x 10.16mm | 294.83g
  • The Lyons Press
  • Guilford, United States
  • English
  • First
  • 1585748072
  • 9781585748075
  • 204,146

About Dave Franzel

DAVE FRANZEL is the founder and director of The Boston Sailing Center, where hundreds of men, women, and children learn to sail each year. His experience also includes stints as head instructor and managing director at other well-known sailing schools. He is one of the more successful Soling and Sonar racing skippers in the country. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Here is all you'll need for the confidence to sail, from acclaimed instructor and decades-long sailor Dave Franzel. Founder and director of the Boston Sailing Center, Franzel has been teaching men, women, and children how to sail for some thirty-five years using this no-nonsense, direct approach designed to get the beginner quickly from book to boat. He believes that the best and most effective way to learn to sail is to be out on the water. He's pared and trimmed superfluous information and distilled the rest into the most economical, straightforward approach possible. It's worked for thousands of his students and now it can work for you. Inside you will find information on: getting started; wind and points of sail; sail trim and balance; tides and currents; anchoring; navigation; spinnaker sailing; heavy-weather sailing and much more.
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