Model yacht racing is an exhilarating hobby, but one which is bounded by strict rules. This book describes the race from the beginning of a race through to successful completion, encountering all sorts of situations where adjudication is required. It is illustrated throughout with line drawings.
The crew of a racing boat is as important as the helmsman - they work as a team to sail as fast as they can. But different members of that team have different roles in the boat. In addition to the obvious roles which belong to the crew - trimming the jib and spinnaker and helping keep the boat upright - the crew can also contribute to tactics, boat tuning, watching the competition and so on. In this book, Olympic gold medallist crew, Saskia Clark, describes all that is needed to become a top-rate crew, or just be a better crew at whatever level you want to compete at. She initially takes you through getting started as a crew and team - choosing a boat and setting your goals. She then turns to the specific crewing skills of hiking, trapezing, tacking, gybing, handling the spinnaker and good boatspeed on each leg of the course. The focus then turns to racing and particularly the roles of each member of the team, communication, decision making and execution around the race course. Finally, she brings it all together with advice on how you can be the best crew and a great team. Packed with photographs this is the ultimate book for crews whether they be trying to win a championship or just wanting to sail at their local club. If your helm doesn't buy it for you, treat yourself!
Sailing strategies from beginner to winner. International author, competitive sailor and successful business strategist Brett Bowden shares over 3 decades of wisdom of what it takes to be successful. Brett shares not only his own experiences, but a collection of wisdom from world champions and sailing legends. Together with his passion for sailing and winning in all areas of life, Brett shows you just how to do it step by step. By the time you have finished this book, learned the strategies and practiced the drills, you will be guaranteed of being on the podium more often than not and collec more than your fair share of silverware. If you're serious about being successful then you must read this book. You'll learn:- The little known secrets behind the science of sailing- The psychology and mindset of winning races- Key ways to banish frustration from your sailing- Critical ways to start, conduct and finish a race like a champion- How to get inside tactical knowledge at new venues- Essential training drills to hone your skills to ensure your success- Championship race tactics and strategies that only top skippers know If you're serious about winning then read this book today!
Gold medal winning coach, Jon Emmett works with sailors and coaches around the world and is frequently asked things like: 'What is a good exercise to improve this?' 'Why do we do this exercise?' 'How do we make the exercise more / less difficult?' This book is the answer to those frequently asked questions. It contains training exercises for each element of a sailing race. As well as describing and illustrating the exercise, it tells you what skills you are trying to improve, why and how to make the exercise harder or easier. The book will enable coaches to deliver better, more focussed, training sessions, but it will also help sailors who don't have the benefit of a coach to practise and improve their sailing skills. The exercises are marked as to whether they are suitable for solo boats, groups of boats or those with a coach boat. As Aristotle said: "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit." Armed with this book, get out, do some training and improve your sailing skills!
This book describes the psychological strategies the world class sailors use to set goals, manage stress and build confidence. Part 3 contains photo sequences of sailing-specific exercises that can be used to build an individual training programme. Set goals for confidence building and competition. Learn effective self-talk and straight thinking. Make stress work for you, not against you. Harness the power of visualisation. Learn to stay focussed so that you can cope with distractions. Build and maintain the on-boat relationships that really work. Plan your own fitness programme. Aerobic and Anaerobic exercises. Recognise the value of rest and recovery. Learn now to train both on the water and in the gym.
Sailing Smart is for every sailor who wants to increase his or her knowledge, understanding, and sailing expertise: the local day-sailor who wants a firmer grasp of the fundamentals, as well as the serious competitor who wants to be up on the latest, most innovative sailing techniques and racing strategies. Buddy Melges, one of the world's best-known sailors, has at last set down his highly original thoughts on how to sail well. He covers the full range of sailing experience, from the general to the specific, the basic to the highly sophisticated. Melges's message is delivered in a bright, uncluttered manner by way of applications from his own sailing experience and through step-by-step instructions on everything from basic boat handling to expert on-the-course tactics and maneuvers. The book is profusely illustrated by the noted sailing artist Ted Brennan, and each drawing is accompanied by a cogent, in-depth explanatory caption.
Gary Jobson shares his expertise for a winning performance in sailboat racing. In the pages of Gary Jobson's Championship Sailing, the author shares more than 30 years of racing and sailing expertise at the highest levels of competition, covering every aspect of racing in one-design or handicap fleets from high-performance dinghies to big keelboats.
Learn how to sail the world's most popular junior sailing boat fast. Originally written by Ben Ainslie's Optimist coach, this new edition has been completely updated by top coach Steve Irish. It shows how to achieve blistering boatspeed through technique and tuning, perfect boat handling and tactics as well as covering the mental and physical side.