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RYA Tactics [Paperback]

Mark Rushall , Peter Galvin
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Royal Yachting Association; first edition (30 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905104219
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905104215
  • Product Dimensions: 25.8 x 19.4 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Mark has achieved that rare thing, an easy to absorb guide that genuinely helps to build understanding of the decision making process and the variables to be considered when on the water. It isn't patronsing, its just useful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars what you see is what you get 15 April 2009
Format:Paperback
It says tactics, well the book describes tactics of dinghy racing in easy to understand words. It can even be understood by a novice and gives real advice.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a book for the racing novice 6 Jun 2012
By Mike
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
As a newcommer to dinghy racing I hoped this book would offer advice beyond sail and boat trim. The book concentrates on the effects of wind and current/tide plus positioning yourself realtive to others to achieve the best outcome. So it's exactly what I hoped? No.

Unfortunately, the text is full of specialist jargon that isn't explained (there is a glossary, but it's far from complete). There's a load of excellent digrams to illustrate each tactic, but the text isn't tied to the diagrams so you can't work out who is doing what, when and why. There's also a huge number of photos, none of which seem to add anything to the text.

Perhaps the best piece of advice that I've come across so far is practically at the start of the book: "To make Tactics [this book] win races, boat speed and boat handling have to be as good as the best ... One of the assumptions in this book is that our boat handling and boat speed are at least as good as the boats in our race."

If you already have significant race experience, this may be an ideal book for you, but it's not for the novice.I will persevere with this book, but the message is clear get good with the boat first.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential advice for winning 11 July 2010
By Fin
Format:Paperback
I first came across this book during a racing seminar run by the author. As with all the current RYA endorsed books and manuals it hits the nail on the head with excellent diagrams and explanations which are easy to understand whether you are a novice racer or highly experienced pro.
There are some fantastic and often simple little tips that once you've learnt or understood them, are so obvious but so simple to employ in your pre-race and during race strategy you'll wonder how you ever got on before.
Without doubt, the information in this book WILL make you a better sailor and you'll understand WHY!
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