Fiction

Before the Wind

A novel

Author: Jim Lynch

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 030795899X

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

View: 5892

Following The Highest Tide, Border Songs, and Truth Like the Sun, Jim Lynch now gives us a grand and idiosyncratic family saga that will stand alongside Ken Kesey’s Sometimes a Great Notion. Joshua Johannssen has spent all of his life surrounded by sailboats. His grandfather designed them, his father built and raced them, his Einstein-obsessed mother knows why and how they work (or not). For Josh and his two siblings, their backyard was the Puget Sound and sailing their DNA. But both his sister and brother fled many years ago: Ruby to Africa and elsewhere to do good works on land, and Bernard to god-knows-where at sea, a fugitive and pirate. Suddenly thirty-one, Josh—who repairs boats of all kinds in a Steinbeckian marina south of Seattle—is pained and confused by whatever the hell went wrong with his volatile family. His parents are barely speaking, his mystified grandfather is drinking harder, and he himself—despite an endless and comic flurry of online dates—hasn’t even come close to finding a girlfriend. But when the Johannssens unexpectedly reunite for the most important race in these waters—all of them together on a classic vessel they made decades ago—they will be carried to destinies both individual and collective, and to a heart-shattering revelation. Past and present merge seamlessly and collide surprisingly as Jim Lynch reveals a family unlike any other, with the grace and humor and magic of a master storyteller. From the Hardcover edition.
Transportation

To Harness the Wind

A Short History of the Development of Sails

Author: Leo Block

Publisher: Naval Institute Press

ISBN: 9781557502094

Category: Transportation

Page: 164

View: 9003

Man was a sailor long before he invented the wheel or straddled a horse, and his adventures at sea changed the course of history. Initially he was able to sail only downwind, but the Cretans and Phoenicians made design improvements to sails that permitted sailing across and eventually against the wind. The Vikings optimized the performance of the square sail, and the Dutch modified the Arab lateen to create the sail commonly used today. Leo Block tells the story of the evolution of sails and relates it to historic events and other factors that affected the performance of sailing vessels. Numerous illustrations help explain the technical factors involved. Focusing mainly on European improvements, Block details the progress of sail design from the lateen to the square, fore and aft, and classic rigs right up to the swift clipper ships of the nineteenth century just before the advent of steam power. Written in laymen's terms, the book is an excellent learning tool for readers who know little about the history of sailing vessels and a quick reference guide for sailors who want a reminder of how their craft evolved.
Science

Physics of Sailing

Author: John Kimball

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781420073775

Category: Science

Page: 296

View: 8711

Breaking down the complicated concepts of speed, acceleration, torque, fluid mechanics, and surface physics, Physics of Sailing provides a lively, easily accessible introduction to the basic science underlying the sport of sailing. It illustrates the many ways physics can be used to understand the principles of sailboat propulsion and how a scientific understanding of the boat, wind, and water can lead to more skillful sailing. After a brief but insightful tour of the history of sailing, the book explores the physics involved in making faster sailing crafts for both upwind and downwind sailing, including Newton’s impact theory of fluid resistance and lift and drag phenomena. It compares possible sail shapes, presents measurements of hull smoothness, and describes wind turbulence, the nature of water waves, and the structure of wakes. Using the physics of optics, the author also explains the connection between water’s appearance and the wind. Along with a glossary of sailing terms, he includes many examples throughout to illustrate the concepts in practice. Avoiding unnecessary formalisms, this book skillfully applies the principles of fluid mechanics to sailboat technology and the art of sailing. It should help you become a more knowledgeable sailor.
Sports & Recreation

Sailing For Dummies

Author: J. J. Isler,Peter Isler

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118052914

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 432

View: 2382

Interested in learning to sail but feel like you’re navigating in murky waters? Sailing for Dummies, Second Edition introduces the basics of sailing, looks at the different types of sailboats and their basic parts, and teaches you everything you need to know before you leave the dock. In Sailing for Dummies, Second Edition, two U.S. sailing champions show you how to: Find and choose a sailing school Use life jackets correctly Tie ten nautical knots Handle sailing emergencies (such as capsizing and rescuing a man overboard) Launch your boat from a trailer, ramp, or beach Get your boat from point A to point B (and back again) Predict and respond to water and wind conditions Read charts, plot your course, use a compass, and find your position at sea Sailing for Dummies shows you that getting out on the water is easier than you think. The authors keep the sailor-speak to a minimum where possible, but give you a grasp of the terminology you need to safely and effectively communicate with your crew. A textbook, user’s manual, and reference all in one, this book takes the intimidation out of sailing and gives you the skills and confidence you need to get your feet wet and become the sailing pro you’ve always wanted to be. Anchors away!
Fiction

Sailing Against the Wind

A Novel

Author: Jaan Kross,Eric Dickens

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

ISBN: 0810126524

Category: Fiction

Page: 347

View: 3413

Jaan Kross's historical novel Sailing Against the Wind fictionalizes the life of Bernhard Schmidt (1879-1935), an Estonian-born inventor. Schmidt lost an arm in his youth while experimenting with a homemade rocket, resulting in psychological trauma that would plague him for the rest of his life. Largely self-taught, Schmidt was driven to seek recognition of his talents. He moved to Germany in the 1930s, where, after perfecting techniques for polishing lenses, he began developing ideas for improving astronomical telescopes. He was arrested for selling one to the Russians, and although he got off with only a warning, he later suffered a breakdown and was sent to a mental hospital, where he soon died. Sailing Against the Wind becomes a meditation on national identity, the relationship between history and the individual life, and the mechanisms of the historical novel as a genre.
Science

The Physics of Sailing Explained

Author: Bryon D. Anderson

Publisher: Sheridan House, Inc.

ISBN: 9781574091700

Category: Science

Page: 152

View: 3916

Bryon D Anderson is a writer and scientist with a special interest in sail.
Sports & Recreation

Plain Sailing

A Sail-Trim Manual for New Sailors

Author: Dallas Murphy

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781580801614

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 170

View: 3649

This book will help the new sailor to understand the principles and practice of sail trim, adjusting sails so they interact most efficiently with the wind. There is a direct relationship between sailing efficiency and sailing fun. Knowing when, how, and why to trim your sails is the essence of sailing. If you understand trim, you understand sailing.
Fiction

Run Before the Wind

Author: Stuart Woods

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393063526

Category: Fiction

Page: 337

View: 1991

A breathtaking novel of suspense and high-adventure by New York Times bestselling author Stuart Woods. Will Lee ran from a life of Southern wealth and privilege to spend a peaceful summer on the coast of Ireland. But there is no peace in this beautiful, troubled land. Restless and dissatisfied, Will dreams of shipbuilding and sailing on crystal-blue waters. But an explosion of senseless violence is dragging the young American drifter into a lethal game of terror and revenge. For the fires of hatred rage unchecked in this place of lush, rolling hills and deadly secrets. Now Will Lee must run for his life from a bloody past that is not his own-and he will find no sanctuary on the rolling waves of the Irish sea.

Wind Strategy

Author: David Houghton,Fiona Campbell

Publisher: Sail to Win

ISBN: 9781909911543

Category:

Page: 144

View: 1754

Sailing with the Stars

Author: Tony Harris

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1411691989

Category:

Page: 220

View: 8871

This is a detective thriller, packed with action and suspense, for the young, both boys and girls, the young at heart, and those who wish they still were. Care has been taken to ensure the non-nautical reader won't feel all at sea, so to give these shipmates a hand, the sometimes unusual phraseology is explained. But the author does want you to really feel you are climbing the ratlines, hauling yourself up by your cold hands grasping the greasy rigging, whilst you look up at the mast head swaying across the dark threatening clouds, before climbing onto the yardarm to bundle up the sail. It's also possible that some might think the idea of Knights Templar being involved is just a bit fanciful. Be assured there are still some afloat today. In this case, four teenage pupils from the Knights Templar School in the west of England (yes, it does exist!) outwit a criminal gang, the police and the customs, but delight the intelligence agencies.
Biography & Autobiography

Temple to the Wind

The Story of the Twentieth Century's Greatest Navel Architect and His Epic America's Cup Yacht, Reliance

Author: Christopher Pastore

Publisher: Lyons Press

ISBN: 9780762784356

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 2025

By the turn of the twentieth century, racing for the America's Cup was no longer simply a gentleman's game. Fraught with danger and political tension, the contest for the Cup had become a showcase of technological innovation and national grit. In 1903, the fabulously wealthy tea tycoon, Sir Thomas Lipton, gave Britain's most celebrated naval architects carte blanche to produce Shamrock III. In response, the American designer Nathanael G. Herreshoff built Reliance, a defender that was so big and bold--carrying more canvas than any single-masted vessel ever before--that it ushered in a new era of naval architecture and fundamentally shaped the future of the America's Cup. From conception to construction, through hair-raising sea trials to the grand finale of a race like no other, this beautiful and dangerous vessel comes to life in Temple to the Wind, one of the most exciting sailing stories ever told.
Sports & Recreation

Sailing with Scoundrels and Kings

A Lifetime of Boating

Author: John Jourdane

Publisher: John Jourdane

ISBN: 9780963189615

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 286

View: 5071

Hop aboard for a wild sail across the oceans of the world with John Jourdane. This book chronicles 45 years of John's life sailing with oceans of the world. Travel from sailing sabots in California to sailing with Kings in Europe; from sailing the trade winds of Hawaii and Tahiti to racing around the world in the icy Roaring Forties near Antarctica; from cruising the beautiful atolls of Micronesia to visiting the wild game parks of South Africa. John is one of the world's most experienced offshore sailors, having sailed over 300,000 miles. He has crossed the Pacific Ocean 47 times, the Atlantic 12 times, and has circumnavigated the world 3 times, including 2 Whitbread Round the World Races. If you have an ounce of saltwater in your blood, you will love this book.
Sports & Recreation

Sailing For Dummies

Author: J. J. Isler,Peter Isler

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118052914

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 432

View: 6341

Interested in learning to sail but feel like you’re navigating in murky waters? Sailing for Dummies, Second Edition introduces the basics of sailing, looks at the different types of sailboats and their basic parts, and teaches you everything you need to know before you leave the dock. In Sailing for Dummies, Second Edition, two U.S. sailing champions show you how to: Find and choose a sailing school Use life jackets correctly Tie ten nautical knots Handle sailing emergencies (such as capsizing and rescuing a man overboard) Launch your boat from a trailer, ramp, or beach Get your boat from point A to point B (and back again) Predict and respond to water and wind conditions Read charts, plot your course, use a compass, and find your position at sea Sailing for Dummies shows you that getting out on the water is easier than you think. The authors keep the sailor-speak to a minimum where possible, but give you a grasp of the terminology you need to safely and effectively communicate with your crew. A textbook, user’s manual, and reference all in one, this book takes the intimidation out of sailing and gives you the skills and confidence you need to get your feet wet and become the sailing pro you’ve always wanted to be. Anchors away!

Taken by the Wind

The Northwest Coast: A Guide to Sailing the Coasts of British Columbia and Southeast Alaska

Author: Marilyn Johnson

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781532895661

Category:

Page: 394

View: 7832

Common lore is that you cannot sail the northwest coast - the winds are too fickle so you must motor along the Inside Passage. The author knows that is not true because in 7 years she traveled over 10,000 NM along the northwest coast in her 38' sailboat, sailing about 2/3 of the time under way. This guide will help you understand how you can do the same. There are two features of the northwest coast inland waters that you must understand. First, the regions you will pass through have unusual wind patterns that seem completely erratic until you understand the common summer weather patterns and how land affects wind. Then, the winds are predictable and comprehensible, and you will know when and where to sail. Second, the tidal currents can be so strong that a narrow channel becomes a raging white water rapid, complete with whirlpools and strong eddies. With two tide cycles a day, and a height difference of up to 23 feet (7 meters), anyone traveling in a sailboat must take the extreme tidal conditions seriously. If you don't know when your travel must coincide with the appropriate current flow, you may go backwards (or worse). This guide is not a memoir, doesn't focus on anchorages, and won't try to teach you how to sail. Instead it is a practical guide about how to take advantage of the characteristic winds and tidal currents of each area so you can enjoy sailing, rather than motoring, along this uniquely beautiful temperate wilderness coastline. Whether you are sailboat cruising in the Pacific Northwest, or getting ready for the Race to Alaska (R2AK), this guide will help you become an expert at taking advantage of the so-called "fickle" winds. Here are more details about the very-well researched guide. It begins with a brief part on planning and a general overview of the currents and wind. It then provides 19 reference chapters divided into three parts: "Cruising in Civilization" from Seattle to Johnstone Strait; "Cruising in Wilderness" through Johnstone Strait, Queen Charlotte Strait and the north BC coast to Prince Rupert; and "Cruising the Big Water" from the Southeast Alaska border to Glacier Bay. Each reference chapter identifies the relevant nautical charts, applicable weather forecasts, pertinent marine condition reporting stations, tide and current stations, details of Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) and the local commercial traffic check-in points. Each chapter also includes route planning sections that highlight important decisions that sailors must make under way based on current weather conditions, such as whether to run Johnstone Strait or take the more protected northern channels, or deciding whether and how to take an inland vs. outer route. For planning purposes, the Appendices provide historical wind data for the summer months from more than 85 marine condition reporting stations so you can know how the wind direction and speed varies from month-to-month. This guide is written for sailors, by a sailor who understands the conditions sailboats need for sailing. You'll find yourself constantly referring to this planning and reference guide as you sail the Pacific Northwest Coast.
Transportation

Sailing Strategy

Wind and Current

Author: Ian Proctor

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1472901460

Category: Transportation

Page: 176

View: 9660

Sailing Strategy is considered a racing classic. Long out of print, it has champions who have been petitioning hard for its reissue. It is considered the best book ever written on the subject, and presents in detail techniques which are still completely relevant and applicable today. The author provides a very thorough analysis and explanation of how to read the wind and currents in all conditions on a racecourse, and explains how a good knowledge and understanding of their vagaries by the racer can be used advantageously to enhance boat performance on the racecourse, and carry both helm and crew further up the fleet. For any racer wanting an 'edge' (as any competitive sailor will always be aiming for) the reissue of this long out of print gem will be a godsend. A modern classic and an ideal companion to the recently reissued Start to Win, Sailing Strategy also has a new Foreword by Bob Fisher, Yachting Correspondent for The Guardian, and columnist for Yachts and Yachting. The reissue of this classic will be welcomed by novice and experienced racers alike.
Sports & Recreation

Small Boat Sailing on Sea and River

Author: E. Knight

Publisher: Read Books Ltd

ISBN: 1447487370

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 320

View: 5239

Originally published London 1931, this is a well illustrated book that will prove invaluable to the class of yachtsmen for whom it is intended, with much information that will still be found practical and relevant to the modern reader. Contents include: The Selection of a Boat; The Effect of the Wind on a Boat; Splices, Knots, and Tackles; The Small Open Sailing Boat; Open Sailing Boats with Boom-Sails, and Half Decked Boat; Decked Boats; Seamanship; Open Boat Sailing; The Cruising Yacht; The Art of Coasting; Description of a Voyage; Regulations Affecting Yachtsmen; Two Cruises on Lateen-Rigged Craft; Etc. Many of these earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.
Sports & Recreation

Clean, Sweet Wind

Sailing with the Last Boatmakers of the Caribbean

Author: Douglas C. Pyle

Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press

ISBN: 9780070526792

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 212

View: 7991

Pyle recounts the five years he spent sailing throughout the eastern Caribbean seeking out native whalers, fishermen, and traders to learn how they built their boats.
Sports & Recreation

Sailing Fundamentals

Author: Gary Jobson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439136782

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 224

View: 5860

The official learn-to-sail manual of the American Sailing Association and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, with over 150 line drawings and photographs. Written by America’s foremost instructional authority, the new edition of Sailing Fundamentals combines the training programs of the American Sailing Association and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. The official learn-to-sail manual of the American Sailing Association, it is also used in the programs of many yacht clubs, colleges, and sailing groups. Unlike most introductory sailing books, which reflect the biases and idiosyncrasies of their authors, Sailing Fundamentals has been extensively pretested by ASA professional instructors to ensure that it offers the fastest, easiest, most systematic way to learn basic sailing and basic coastal cruising. This book covers every aspect of beginning sailing—from hoisting sail to docking and anchoring—and specifically prepares the learner to qualify for sailing certification according to international standards. Widely acclaimed author Gary Jobson has won several major races, including the 1977 America’s Cup victory as tactician aboard Courageous. He was head sailing coach at the US Naval Academy, and has conducted sailing clinics across the country.
Sports & Recreation

Maximum Sail Power

The Complete Guide to Sails, Sail Technology, and Performance

Author: Brian Hancock

Publisher: Nomad Press

ISBN: 1619304279

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 288

View: 4602

The art, science, history, and mystery of sails and sailmaking. Written in concise, layperson's language and full of photographs and personal anecdotes, this book goes step-by-step through the process of creating and using sails. Provided is a definitive look at the latest developments in sails, sailcloth, engineering, hardware, and sail trim. Also offered are case studies that illustrate which fibers, fabrics, and sails are suitable for a variety of different sailing applications, from simple dinghies and day sailors to offshore racing and cruising yachts. Sailors of all levels of interest and ability will find information they can apply to their own boats and sail choices.