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Sailing to Win
by Brett Bowden
published by Global Publishing, Victoria
Price: $29.95 (222pp; 15cm x 23cm)
Author Brett Bowden describes the
purpose of this book as being to help
experienced competitive sailors like
himself who have sailed regularly, some
of them for many years, but have enjoyed
Bowden writes: “I believe by learning,
getting help and advice from legends and
high achievers from our sport and acting
on the tips that they give us in this book,
we will improve the average finishing
position at competitions, whether it be
club, national or international regattas.”
Bowden set about interviewing some of the world’s most
talented, most successful sailors in dinghies and one-design
keelboats, including Glenn Bourke, Matt Belcher, Michael Coxon,
Michael Quirk, Noel Drennan and Rob Brown OAM.
Brett asked Glenn Bourke, a three-times Laser World champion,
Olympic, Admiral’s Cup and America’s Cup sailor, and more recently
Australia SB20 champion, what was one thing they should get better
to improve, to drag themselves up the leader board.
Glenn replies: “ The thing you need to do in sailboat racing
is focus on the most important thing at that time. So when it’s
getting off the starting, it’s creating a hole for yourself and jumping
at the gun, and going.
“ The next thing is to clear yourself as you’re going up the beat.
“ The thing after that is to work out how to get to the starboard
layline so that you’re clear and coming into the top mark.
“ The thing after that is, where is the breeze shifting downwind?
Where is the pressure geographically on the course? ”
If you’re serious about winning, then ‘Sailing to Win’ is a must
Books reviewed by Peter Campbell
BOOKS OF THE
Boat Books Tel: 1300 262 826
Chasing the Cup – My America’s Cup Journey
SPITHILL & MUNDLE 15685
Jimmy Spithill is arguably one of the world’s greatest skippers:
the youngest and double winner of the America’s Cup, the oceanic
version of Formula 1; winner of the Sydney Hobart; multiple world
champion in match and fleet racing ... the list goes on. Here he
tells his rags-to-riches story of fierce determination, court cases,
seasickness, crashed boats and cars, alcohol, the greatest comeback
ever in sporting history and the dramatic 2017 America’s Cup
defence. All of it contributed to turning a quiet, bullied, water-loving
blue-collar redhead born in Sydney into one of sailing’s biggest
rockstars. A compelling read, with many lessons in leadership, teamwork and achieving
your dreams, no matter how impossible they might seem. PB 197 pages $24.95
The Shipwreck Hunter
David Mearns has found some of the world’s most fascinating
and elusive shipwrecks. His deep-water searches have solved the
66-year mystery of HMAS Sydney, discovered the final resting
place of the mighty battlecruiser HMS Hood and revealed the
Australian Hospital Ship Centaur in the narrow underwater
canyon that served as its grave. His painstaking historical
detective work has led to the shallow reefs of a remote island
that hid the crumbling wooden skeletons of Vasco da Gama’s
sixteenth century fleet. The Shipwreck Hunter is the compelling
story of David’s life and work on the seas, focusing on some of
his most intriguing discoveries. PB 416 pages $32.95
Casting Off Tradition
Setting sail with visionary boatbuilder David Binks
by Trevor Gill
published by Wakefield Press, South Australia
RRP: $39.95 (318pp; 15cm x 24cm)
South Australian David Binks OAM must rank as one of the
more innovative boat builders in Australia, and this book by former
daily newspaper columnist, sporting and feature writer traces
David’s outstanding career.
With a boatbuilding apprenticeship in Port Adelaide at the
age of 17, David began working with wood. But within a year, he
saw the possibilities of fibreglass construction of boat hulls, a
breakthrough that was to change the boating world.
Establishing his own business, David was at the forefront of
this international revolution for boat building and yacht racing
At the same time, South Australian yacht and sailing clubs were
producing outstanding young sailors such as the late Fred Neill
and Sir James Hardy who has written a
forward to ‘Casting Off Tradition’.
Sir James recalls building a Cadet
dinghy for Fred; and David offering to
make the wooden spars ... “ the spars
were beautiful and no doubt contributed
to Fred winning the Stonehaven Cup
Australian championship in January 1955
first time for a South Australian boat.
“David Binks is clearly Australia’s most successful International
Class boatbuilder ... his innovative thinking and application has
been the hallmark of his career,” Sir James added.
David Binks’ boat-buildings led to a Churchill Fellowship and
the opportunity to meet and sail with the international yachting
community (including royalty) and, of course, enhance his own
Author Trevor Gill’s biography records David’s ingenuity and
his multitude of achievements with his racing yachts winning
national and world championships and his long association with
the legendary New Zealand designer Bruce Farr.
In association with Farr he built many popular Farr 11.6 cruiser/
racers as well as Farr Phase 4, its unique construction earning
David his third Australian Design Award.
‘Casting off Tradition’ is a most interesting insight into the life
of David Binks, including his exploits on a Churchill Fellowship
world tour, being shipwrecked in the North Sea along with the
famous British journalist, the late Jack Knights. h
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