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Having never sailed myself, much less been aboard a boat with more than a motor, I've always wanted to cross the ocean on a masted ship. This book gives the basics and some advanced technique, in addition to helpful bits about the nuts and bolts of boats and the physics involved with putting them in motion. If what the other reviews I've seen are true, the only thing truly missing from this book is practical experience (and probably an apprenticeship).
Excellent - required reading: This is a great book for beginners through to intermediates, with lots of information and advice on countless topics. It was my constant companion while I was teaching myself to sail and is still referred to from time to time. Although it isn't geared specifically towards basic RYA exams it's better and more useful than the ones that claim to be. Highly recommended.
This was the first book in my sailing library, and it helped get me back into sailing after a 15 year absence. I had no sailing knowledge when I picked up this book - only one weekend spent on a sailboat as a child - but I knew most of the basics when I finished it. This book not only taught me the fundamentals of sailing, but it also reminded me how much I loved and missed it.
I was in love with this book (which I took out from the library). It had a sort of finesse to sailing. I, being a sailor, related to the different texts. It was very informative but in some instances it wasn't as fulfilling with the totality of the description and diagrams but then again some things can only be shown on a real boat!
If you could only have one book on how to sail, this should be it. I used to have dozens of books on how to sail, but over the years I have had to jettison them to lighten my load, but this one is a keeper.
An excellent reference manual for the old hand and a wonderful jumping off point for the new sailor. The material is presented in s clear, concise, and straightforward manner, but more importantly it's presented in a logical format. Plenty of clear illustrations throughout.
I read a good chunk of my book in the grad school so that I don't forget my skills.Well, I did forget only to recall them while sailing rather than reading. In any case, a good book to have.
ne znam puno o jedrenju, al knjiga izgleda uvjerljivo :D
Definitely a great book! Useful and to the point. It's a book i'll always have close by ! I would definitely recommend this.
Great illustrations coming from a visual learner. Z
Great book, but perfect reference book forever.