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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!
There are more than 40,000 members of the United States Sailing Association, and thousands of people take sailing lessons every year. This accessible guide by two championship sailors takes the mystery out of sailing–from choosing a boat, launching it, and maneuvering under sail to charting a course, dealing with bad weather, and docking–even for people who can’t tell port from starboard. For this new edition, the authors have revised and updated the book throughout, including advice on the latest electronic navigation equipment as well as up-to-date information on the America’s Cup and other major races.
JJ Isler (San Diego, CA) is a two-time Olympic sailing medalist and a four-time Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year. She has won three international sailing championships and was the first woman to be inducted into the Sailing World Hall of Fame. Her husband, Peter Isler (San Diego, CA), has participated in five America’s Cup races and won twice as navigator aboard Stars & Stripes. He is an Editor-at-Large at Sailing World
magazine and a former ESPN and Outdoor Life America’s Cup commentator.