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Category: General
Forum Name: Beginner questions
Forum Discription: Advice for those who are new to sailing
Printed Date: 08 Aug 22 at 7:43am
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Topic: Reading
Posted By: John clarkson
Subject: Reading
Date Posted: 11 Nov 20 at 2:30pm
Iam trying to learn as much as I can
Before next spring.

Can anyone suggest the best reading
For theory. Particularly a dictionary
Of terminology would help, and a guide to rigging



Posted By: davidyacht
Date Posted: 11 Nov 20 at 3:12pm
This is Sailing by Richard Creagh Osborne ... bit old but I note that there are plenty of second hand copies out there

Happily living in the past

Posted By: Rupert
Date Posted: 11 Nov 20 at 3:32pm
Rigging guides will vary boat to boat, but for the basics, the RYA start sailing book is good. It's designed to give the basic information you get on RYA start sailing courses.

Furnhurst books are good, too.

My favorite for racing when young was Start to Win, by Eric Twiname, but you'd need some sailing before that.

In fact, they all make more sense when combined with a boat!

Firefly 2324, Lightning 130, Puffin 229, Minisail 3446 Mirror 70686

Posted By: ColPrice2002
Date Posted: 11 Nov 20 at 6:08pm

For general boat layout the RYA booklet is really good. It doesn't have all the possible names and theory, but it's a good primer to understand the basics of rigging, boat equipment and nautical terms.
My wife bought me a copy of "Float your boat" by Mark Denny. Goes into history plus theory of sailing far in excess of the RYA syllabus.
Craig Osbourn is a good book as well - though the illustrations show a number of dinghy classes that are now rare!


Posted By: John clarkson
Date Posted: 11 Nov 20 at 6:32pm
Thanks obviously intend to take
Instruction but I. The middle of November
And lockdown not possible

Thought a bit of winter reading
Might help when the time comes


Posted By: Sam.Spoons
Date Posted: 11 Nov 20 at 8:51pm
I'm old enough to prefer reading to watching video's, at least as far as learning new stuff is concerned, but there's no denying that watching somebody demonstrate something is a great learning tool. I just wish the makers of many YouTube videos would get to the point more quickly...

Spice 346 "Flat Broke"
Blaze 671 "supersonic soap dish"

Posted By: 423zero
Date Posted: 12 Nov 20 at 10:00am
You will be talking terminology like a native within a year.


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