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Heavy weather sailing [Unknown Binding]

K. Adlard Coles
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  • Unknown Binding: 331 pages
  • Publisher: J. De Graff; Rev. and enl. ed edition (1976)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0006WZIAY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive revision of the standard textbook 3 April 2000
The fifth edition of 'Heavy Weather Sailing" is radically different in content, if not in scope, to earlier editions. When the author of a revered textbook dies, his sucessor as Editor has to choose between retaining "the words of the Master" and retaining his or her intentions.
Peter Bruce has done the latter, keeping just one and a half chapters from Adlard Coles's editions of the book.
Consequently, if you have an older edition, (or even two!) you still need to buy this one. The techniques recommended have changed; lying a-hull is not now favoured and the use of parachute sea anchors has become accepted. Data from RORC races involving heavier long keeled yachts has been dropped in favour of the 1991 Japan/Guam Race and the 1998 Sydney/Hobart Race.
In place of the old anecdotal arrangement, Peter Bruce has performed radical surgery. The book is neatly divided into two sections - "Advice from the Experts" first, followed by accounts of experiences. The first chapter, by Olin Stephens, sets the tone for the whole book; balanced, authoritative, concise.
As Adlard Coles used to say, the book. like seasickness tablets, should be taken before the onset of heavy weather and there is every reason to do just that. One of the strengths of the old book was that, unlike most textbooks, it was readable and could be read for pleasure. Peter Bruce has managed to retain this quality, so that the lessons will have sunk in before they are needed.
The one complaint is that the proof reading is a disgrace; we have 55 metre inflatable boats(!) a boat leaving an anchorage to avoid a dragging kedge ("ketch" in earlier editions!) and many more such. Presumably, in a spirit of economy, the proof reading was done with the aid of a spellcheck programme rather than a yachtsman!
The photographs, on the other hand, are as good as ever.
An essential book
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This is a beautiful book, crammed with information.

It certainly seems a comprehensive guide to me, presenting a wealth of information ..... science [eg hull-design, anatomy of waves, etc], review of equipment [eg drogues, deck tackle, etc], boat-preparation [for heavy weather], technique [eg storm-sails, setting para-anchor, etc], real-life accounts - often with awesome accompanying images - from storm-survivors & from rescuers [eg Queen's birthday storm, Sidney-Hobart race, etc], along with commentary along the lines of 'what have we learned'. There's loads and loads and loads more.

A really useful reference, I've already learned loads.

Along with the Pardey's 'Storm Tactics', Heavy weather sailing is one of those books that you hope you will never really need, but is full of well thought-out tips - any one of which might one day prove to be a life-saver.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - but I'm biased! 24 Jan 2013
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Arrived in good order, within stated time frame.

I still have the original, by Adlard Coles, and the differences between that and this book are fascinating. How times have moved on, in fashion as well as knowledge. Truth is, it could have arrived battered and torn, and I would still have praised it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely essential reading 30 Dec 2008
It scares me that I ever went to sea without having read and re-read this book. If you're serious about going to sea then you need to know the techniques and skills in this book.
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