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Book CoverSAILING IS A BREEZE
LEARNING TO SAIL A LASER, SUNFISH,
OR OTHER SMALL BOAT

by THOMAS P. MARTIN Purchase book
Illust. by JOSH KOENIG
1st ed, 2006, 182 pgs, $21.95
ISBN 978-0-89641-433-4Review Cart

 


Sailing is a Breeze is written for the individual who wants to learn to sail a Laser, Sunfish, Optimist, or other small boat. It is appropriate for use in a class setting (e.g. school or marina), summer camp setting or for personal instruction with a certified sailing instructor.

Once the basic knowledge and skills are obtained, the sailor will be able to enjoy sailing as a recreational activity. Further, "knowing how to sail" will open the door to other opportunities for enjoyment, challenge, and excitement. The sailor will be in a position to move on to a larger more sophisticated boat. Perhaps a boat with onboard accommodations and the world of cruising will beckon, or the competitive individual might be drawn to the excitement and challenge of racing. One thing is certain; the individual will have expanded his/her horizons and developed skills that can be used for a lifetime.

FEATURES OF THE BOOK

There are several unique features to this book, including:

  • a focus on learning to sail a small single sail boat (catboat)
  • a detailed section on hazards and risks
  • numerous, easily understood, illustrations
  • a step-by-step progression that can be used in a class setting or for individual instruction
  • a logical, easily understood, section on how boats sail (i.e. physics of sailing)
  • internet references and resources related to sailing
  • a section (in Appendix) on class instruction
  • exercises and review questions (in Appendix) to demonstrate knowledge and understanding

 

CONTENTS

Chapter 1: SAILING SAFETY

Hazards and Risks
Hypothermia
Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs)
Additional Safety Guidelines and Emergency Procedures
Summary
Exercises and Review Questions


Chapter 2: LINE AND KNOTS

Types of Line
Selected Knots
Line Hardware

Chapter 3: SMALL BOATS

Hull Designs
Sailing Terminology
Sails
Rigs and Rigging
Other Dinghy Sailboats
Exercises and Review Questions

Chapter 4: LASER AND SUNFISH

Laser Description, Diagrams and Rigging
Sunfish Description, Diagrams and Rigging

Chapter 5: HOW A SAILBOAT SAILS

Center of Gravity and Center of Buoyancy
Boat Axes
Heeling
Running
Reaching
Points of Sail
Tacking
Terms Related to Boat Movement and Direction
Theory of Sailing
Exercises and Review Questions

Chapter 6: SAILING TECHNIQUES

Introduction
Progression
Wind Speed and Direction
Launching
Beam Reach
Basic Boat Controls
Adjusting to Force of Wind
Safety Position and Stopping the Boat
Getting out of "Irons"
Coming About
Capsize Recovery
Landing
Close Reach and Broad Reach
Run
Jibing
Practice
Exercises and Review Questions

Chapter 7: INTERMEDIATE SAILING SKILLS

Introduction
Sailing Efficiently
Using Body Weight
Sail and Daggerboard Adjustments
Stopping Alongside Another Boat
"Man Overboard" Recovery
Picking Up a Mooring
Exercises and Review Questions

Chapter 8: RIGHT OF WAY AND RACING

Right of Way
Racing
Exercises and Review Questions

Chapter 9: USEFUL INFORMATION

Aids to Navigation
Transporting Equipment
Care and Storage
Hull Identification Number (HIN)
Purchasing a Boat
Certification
Exercises and Review Questions

APPENDICES

A. Resources and References

Boating organizations
Sailing organizations and Selected Web Sites
One-Design Sailing Associations
Sailing Videos
Book References
Booklet

B. Sailing Class Information

Introduction
Sailing Class Rules
Sailing Class Evaluation
Clothing/Gear Checklist
First Assignment

C. Exercises and Review Questions

D. Answers

E. Nautical Dictionary

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Martin is a Professor in the Health, Fitness and Sport Department at Wittenberg University. He specializes in the Biomechanics of Sport and Movement Analysis which is clearly reflected in his book—especially the chapters on "How a Sailboat Sails" and "Sailing Techniques." He is also an expert on teaching sport skills and incorporates this knowledge by presenting a logical and efficient progression for learning how to sail. He learned how to sail from Ohio Division of Watercraft officers, later became certified as a Red Cross Sailing Instructor and has taught sailing and served as a consultant for over twenty five years.

 

 

 

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