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Books reviewed by Bruce Stannard
BOOKS OF THE
Boat Books Tel: 1300 262 826
Sailing on the Edge Fisher & others 7364
Sailing on the Edge is a full-color quality book on the 2013
America's Cup with pull-out race maps, boat diagrams, special
decals, and memorabilia. It is a comprehensive, behind-the-
scenes look at the race that has inspired sailors for more
than 150 years. It covers the Cup's rich history, tracing its
evolution to becoming the most important sailing race in the
world. It covers the two new classes: the wing masted AC45
catamarans used in the America's Cup World Series; and the
spectacular foiling AC72s for the match itself, able to sail
at over twice the wind speed hitting speeds over 45 knots on the downwind legs.
HB 220 pages $90.00
Sail Smart Chisnell 7238
On board instruments present modern sailors with a wealth
of information: apparent and true windspeed, boat speed,
speed over ground and velocity made good -- but what do
the numbers really mean and how do you use them to win
races? Mark Chisnell answers these questions and turns
on-board information into racing results to ensure you stay
ahead of the fleet. By mastering your instruments you can
make the right calls every time and know for certain when to
tack, which shift to look out for and how the tide can work with or against you. With
colour diagrams throughout, this instructional guide turns information into excellence.
PB 94 pages $32.95
The Insider's Guide to
Choosing and Buying a Yacht
by Duncan Kent
published by John Wiley & Sons
RRP $32.95 (215pp)
This book is predicated on the assumption that the reader
will be a newcomer to boating, someone who may not be able to
distinguish the sharp end from the blunt end but is nevertheless
determined to buy a yacht. The author is Technical Editor of
Yachting Monthly and a highly experienced sailor who has tested
hundreds of new and used yachts. In his Introduction he says
he is amazed at the number of people who buy a boat having
never set foot on one.
"Before you even consider buying a boat," he pleads, "try
and experience at least a few hours on the water." Kent's book
is designed for those who, having dipped their toes in the water,
are undeterred by all the pitfalls.
This book aims to arm you with much of the information
necessary to make a clear judgement on what type of craft would
best suit your requirements and advise you on how best to find
your perfect boat with the least amount of heartache and expense.
First you need to establish what size and style of boat will meet
your needs. The only way to do this properly is to work out what
sort of sailing you and your family would like to participate in.
You can then start to look for vessels that fit the bill.
Choosing and Buying a Yacht takes you
through every situation you are likely to
confront during the process of finding,
inspecting, testing, surveying and
finally buying the perfect boat for your
own personal style of sailing. Subjects
include hull and rig design, stability,
construction materials, accommodation layouts and sail trials.
There is also information on legal procedures, licensing, insurance
Learn to Sail
by Tim Hoare
published by Wiley Nautical
RRP $24.95 (252pp)
There is really only one way to learn
to sail and that involves getting out on
the water in a dinghy, preferably in the
convivial company of someone with
experience and patience so that you
can savour the thrills and the inevitable
spills for yourself. It's the way countless hundreds of thousands
of youngsters start out each and every year.
The key element in any successful learning experience is
enjoyment. The more you know, the more fun you're bound to
have. But sailing is not all spray in your face and wind in your hair.
One also needs an understanding of where the wind is blowing
from and how to harness its power.
This is where Tim Hoare's excellent little book will prove
invaluable for the beginner. Hoare is a qualified RYA senior dinghy
instructor, an experienced dinghy sailor and offshore yachtsman.
His book is lavishly illustrated on each and every one of its 252
colour pages. Many of the photographs were taken by remote
onboard cameras including one at the masthead. These highly
instructive images illustrate Hoare's step-by-step instructions
in which he explains the basic skills of sailing a single or two-
person dinghy. He guides the reader through each stage in the
learning process. Readers can then go online and watch free video
demonstrations showing how to put the theory into practice.
How to Sail a Boat
by Matt Vance
published by Awa Press
RRP $19.99 (117pp)
Thisquirkylittlebookis a realgem; a
thoroughly enjoyable read and not at all
what the title suggests. Matt Vance takes
us inside the mind of the sailor, from the
first scary moment of handling a boat
solo to the exhilaration of sailing across
oceans and discovering new worlds. His
stories and those of his fellow "madmen" will captivate sailors
young and old. And if you're a landlubber you may just find
yourself yearning for the blue horizon.
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