• Title: DK Complete Sailing Manual
  • Author: Steve Sleight
  • Released: 1999-09-15
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 320
  • ISBN: 0789446065
  • ISBN13: 978-0789446060
  • ASIN: 0789446065
With a dedication that cites the lovely passage from about how there's "nothing half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats," the DK Complete Sailing Manual tacks into a welcoming breeze from the start. It's an unpretentious, simply written, well-organized (by color codes for easy referral, no less), and comprehensively illustrated instructional that starts with the basics and, step by understandable step, builds from there.

, a British National Champion racer, charts a course that beginners can quickly pick up and the more advanced can hold onto for ready reference. Emphasizing essential principles and techniques, he gets you into the boat, familiarizes you with both theory and practice, and then launches you safely with more than enough knowledge to keep you afloat. Before returning to port, he'll have you relatively ship-shape in knots, navigation, maintenance, safety, equipment, weather, and etiquette in vessels and situations ranging from one-person dinghies to multi-hulled yachts and calm lakes to high seas. "For those who catch the sailing bug, there is rarely a cure," he writes. Given this, the Manual comes through handily with the requisite life support. --Jeff Silverman

About the Author Steve Sleight has worked as the Royal Yachting Association Coach and an instructor at the National Sailing Centre. He has handles all types of boats, from 10-foot monohulls to 130-foot multihulls, and has been a successful racing yachtsman and British National Champion. He is also a successful author and broadcaster. The book includes a forward by Jonathon McKee, 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist for sailing. McKee was also the U.S. sailing coach at the 1996 Olympics, where the U.S. won nine medals.

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