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RYA Sail Trim Handbook for Cruisers

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Being somewhat of a 'noobie' on sailing in general, I found this book fascinating to read. Coming from the world of aviation, I see a real parallel with the way sails and wings work (i.e. Bournouli principle). As with many things in life you can do it adequately or with a hight degree of skill. The later necessitates learning to refine you sail trim to achieve that extra 1/2 knot of speed. Why not study the principles in this book and try a few out on your next time at sea? I know I will be working with this book for a long time.


Written by Rob Gibson

RYA Sail Trim Handbook for Cruisers The RYA Sail Trim Handbook for Cruisers is an all-new title and is crammed with useful tips and pointers on one of the fundamentals of good seamanship: sail trim. The book focuses more on the needs of the cruising sailor as opposed to the out-and-out racer. After all, a well-trimmed cruising yacht will be better balanced, easier to handle, and will sail more comfortably.

Sail trim can be bewildering to the novice but the RYA Sail Trim Handbook talks you through the subject in an informative yet entertaining manner. The book is further enhanced by a range of clear, well thought-out illustrations. Ultimately this book will have you itching to get back afloat and tinkering with the trim of your sails.

Chapters include:

  • How Sails Work
  • Jibs & Genoas
  • Spinnakers
  • Reefing
  • Sailing Upwind
  • Heavy Weather Sailing
  • Trade Wind Sailing

Published by The Royal Yachting Association first in 2010, this is the 1st edition published in 2010 and has 88 pages in softcover format. The ISBN is 978-1-906435-57-8 and our rating for this book is ☆☆☆☆☆

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