Sailing: A Beginner's Guide Paperback – 1 May 2007
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'The delightful drawings and appealing writing style successfully explain topics in manageable double page spreads. Inspirational for novice and old hand alike.' Yachting Life (May 2007)
About the Author
David Seidman went to sea at the age of nine in a wooden cement-mixing trough with a sheet for a sail and a broom handle as a mast, and has never really returned. He has sailed up the Amazon, down the Yangtze, and around the Caribbean. Formerly an advertising copywriter and creative director, he is now a writer, columnist and editor for boating magazines in Britain and the USA.
Top Customer Reviews
This book is by far and away the best introduction to sailing boats of all sizes that I have found. It was originally an American book, and the English edition is only partially anglicised, but do not let that put you off it. I found it an informative but natural introduction to all of the main sailing topics. You will either love or hate the illustrations; that is a matter of taste but the text is very well written and the approach is much better than the mechanical/technical approach used in so many other books. It also brings you to a higher level of understanding of these topics than most other books with a lot less effort required to gain that understanding.
It is also unusual in that it sets modern sailing boats in the context of their historical development and explains clearly how each historical improvement boosted the performance of sailing ships and how sailing boat development is still progressing.
Unlike many other books which cater only for either dinghies or yachts, this book take a more holistic approach catering for sailing boats of all sizes and complexities, but does tend to yachting towards the end when it starts considering more advanced topics such as tides and navigation.
As a single book introduction to sailing, I think it cannot be bettered.
Thanks David for setting us up for a great week!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
i have just bought a yacht having never sailed, i have found this book very helpful, easy to read, and also inspiring! Read morePublished on 28 Jan. 2012 by bodland