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on 22 August 2012
This is the book that I wish had been available when I bought my Devoti D-One two years ago. It is so comprehensive, covering every aspect of boat handling; helming; crewing; trapezing; racing; strategy; and advanced skills. As well as a general explanation of each aspect there are really useful practical tips as well throughout the book. Each section is lavishly illustrated with clear, well captioned photographs. Several of these are sequences showing hoists; gybing; etc. which help to expand on the relevant sections in the book. As well as Andy's clear and concise explanations there are contributions from expert sailors. This is a superb book and I strongly recommend it to any asymmetric sailor or to anyone who is considering sailing or purchasing an asymmetric boat.
on 7 October 2014
Excellent book - really up to date and clearly based on good experience. I think the book assumes you are not a beginner in sailing - that you have some experience and you understand the basic terminology which is used in sailing.
Very good pictures and clear explanations. The book is very progressively structured and the author/editor seem to have kept in mind a clear idea of the type of reader (and their level of knowledge) which they expect to be addressing - failure to do so is a very common mistake, I have found, in technical instruction books.
My only criticism would be that some of the 'expert' opinions are rather incoherent - but this detracts very little from the book.
I would strongly advise anyone who is progressing to sailing and racing a modern high speed asymmetric sailboat to get themselves a copy of this book - it's really useful.
on 7 June 2014
A really good comprehensive book that explains how to get the best out of your asymmetric dinghy. Loads of colour photos and interviews with top sailors from various classes are excellent. For example, the right technique in an RS200 will not be the same as in a 49er or Musto Skiff, so this book uses the interviews and insets to help explain the specifics, without muddying the waters.
Absolutely essential reading for anybody moving into an asymmetric dinghy for the first time, but also loads of good tips for more experienced sailors. Five stars!