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The Best of "Sail" Trim Paperback – 3 Sep 1990

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Adlard Coles Nautical; Revised edition edition (3 Sept. 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713635940
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713635942
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 169,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By AGF on 10 Sept. 2003
Format: Paperback
This collection of articles from SAIL magazine was first published in 1975 and must be on its tenth printing by now ( I have the sixth from 1985 ). The number of reprints is testimony to its quality and popularity. The subjects range from the usual main and genoa trim articles to a series of very interesting and scientific articles by Arvel Gentry expalining the physics of sail performance.
In general the articles are far more detailed and refer more frequently to scientific aerodynamic principles than does the more recent SAIL collection " The New Book of Sail Trim ". This may reflect the time in which it was written for an audience more willing to get stuck into the details of aerodynamics and physics than today's breed of sailors.
There are a total of 55 articles in this collection all of which are well worth reading.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Best single source for getting the most from your sailboat 20 Jan. 1998
By mwestco@bsu.idbsu.edu - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The book is a compilation of articles written for SAIL magazine. The editors took the best articles and made them available in this book. Each chapter deals with a different subject, e.g., mail sail and head sail trimming, tactics etc. The authors are names that you will recognize.
This the best of the books I have read for the person who wants to get that last little bit of speed from their boat. It is a must read for the person getting into racing.
Love it so much that my sailing buddies got this for Christmas from me.
Great book for racers and sailors 23 Oct. 2013
By Jason Tan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Great compilation of articles on how to trim sails for max performance. Nice to hear different points of view on a subject that is as esoteric as trimming sails. Viewpoints that are very technical as well as seat of the pants converging on the same answer makes it easier to remember apply and explain when you are out on the water. It's also great for understanding what's going on so you can troubleshoot or at least know something is ok or what can be compromised while still driving the boat as efficiently as possible.
One of the best of sail trimming 21 Dec. 2010
By Marcop - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is an outstanding book. Event though some articles are no more applicable I consider that 90% of the book is interesting. I read some outstanding books on sail trimmings like "High performance sailing", "winning in one design" or dedekar's book, I consider this one as one of the top. In other books, sail trimming tips are given in a wordy way. In that all trimming is explains simply and you get the reasons to do it.

I would like that the writers think about updating the book today articles.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
30 years reference 26 May 2009
By Brian De Does - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
owned and used ocasionally for thirty years specifically for racing ,some of the hardware articles dont pertain to newer boats but you cant buy speed cheaper than this,the writers,which are many are all expert sail makers or nationally known sailors,i highlighted the best paragraphs a gem!
I learned a lot from this book 30 Nov. 2012
By Pancho Cole - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book helped me fine tune my sails and understand the underlying air flow schema between the foresail and the jib (it doesn't work the way most people assume)
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