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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (23 Oct. 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393032965
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393032963
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 0.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 899,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stuart H. Walker is professor of pediatrics emeritus at the University of Maryland Medical School and an international dinghy champion. He was a member of the 1968 U.S. Olympic team and the 1979 U.S. Pan-American Team.

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To supply the energy which, while creating the least possible resistance, will move the hull through the water at the maximum possible speed and, to windward, at the closest possible angle to the wind and at the least possible leeway angle. Read the first page
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Dec. 1997
Format: Paperback
This book takes a very technical look at sailing. The opening chapter will send you looking for that physics book from freshman year in college. But if you can get past the vector notation and force diagrams, the author offers some very specific information about trimming sails in different situations. The author uses many terms that are not in common everyday usage. This is fine as this is a book that tries to explain the why's of sail trim, not just the how's, but it would have been appreciated if the author defined these the first time each is used.

As it is presented, you might need to read some paragraphs 2 or 3 times to grasp the concepts being discussed, or consult outside sources for definitions. However, if you are not one of the scientifically challenged, what you come away with is a more complete knowledge of sailing, and why different situations require different actions. This will invariably make you a better sailor.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Oct. 1998
Format: Paperback
The book is filled with solid information about the sail trim. However, I found the book dull to read (despite the fact that I am a keen sailor with a Master of Science in Engineering). The book takes the approach to explain each trim device in isolation. There is plenty of information about each trim device. I could not find any trim device not described in the book. If you want to know everything you can do with the vang, then this is the book for you.
The book fails to explain what kind of overall sail trim you want in different situations. There is not a single example starting with a specific situation (like high waves, 2 knots of wind) and then explaining how -- and why -- to use all the trim devices to achieve maximum speed. There is very little information about the interaction of the trim devices.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Bown on 12 Jun. 2001
Format: Paperback
Walker's book takes the theory of sail trim beyond the usual realm of pretty pictures and missing answers. He tackles the controls in detail one by one, and suggests strategies for different conditions.
Far too much detail for the reviewer to take in as a casual read; this book rewards copious note taking for subsequent application on the water.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By AGF on 10 Sept. 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is certainly not lacking in technical detail but is really not very intuitive in its layout. The lack of proper introductions to the chapters or subject material makes it extremely difficult to follow the logic and it is almost impossible to pick up and take off from where you may have stopped.
The book really needs to be used more as a reference guide to solve particular technical problems than as an easy to read introduction to sail trim.
In the right hands it has loads of very valuable information but don't buy it if its your first book on the subject.
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