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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Fernhurst Books Ltd.; 2nd Revised edition edition (28 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1909911070
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909911079
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 0.6 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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This excellent book has the best explanation of assessing your course to steer I've ever read. Sara Hopkinson sensibly assumes she is teaching a babe in arms and as a result the pages on applying tidal vectors are failsafe. I like her simple checklist of getting aboard, preparing for a passage and setting off - simple, clear and impossible to misinterpret. Her no-nonsense approach will be a huge benefit to the novice sailor grappling at home with training, but it will also be welcomed by the harassed skipper, a little rusty from winter lay-up, who just wants a quick reminder of what he's supposed to be doing. I will keep a copy aboard myself; YACHTING MONTHLY SUMMER 2014; 'Within the pages of this book Hopkinson attempts to break the subject into easily understandable pieces. I gave a copy to a dinghy sailor who had very little navigation knowledge and within an hour or so she felt confident enough to do the basics needed to get a boat from A to B using chart navigation. A good first introduction to navigation'. TOBY HEPPELL, SAILING TODAY AUGUST 2014

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Sara Hopkinson is co-author of the first edition of the RYA Book of Navigation Exercises and writes the exercises and notes used on the RYA Day Skipper courses. She is also the author of Fernhurst's VHF Afloat and VHF Companion. She is an experienced sailor, a Yachtmaster Instructor and Examiner and lives at Pin Mill in Suffolk where she runs an RYA Training Centre which specialises in navigation, radio, radar and first aid courses. She has also been a Coastguard Rescue Officer for many years and is now the Deputy Station Officer of HM Coastguard, Holbrook. She is uniquely qualified to give students an accurate but sympathetic introduction to the wonderful art of navigation.

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