Getting Started in Sailboat Racing

Author(s): Adam Cort

Nautical - Seamanship

What you need to know to work your way up the fleet--from the first start to winning the finish "With Cort and Stearns' enthusiasm for the topic and straightforward advice, it's hard not to read this book without picturing yourself rounding the buoys just ahead of the rest of the fleet." --Soundings Now an established classic, Getting Started in Sailboat Racing is the one racers come back to after the race to see what they might have done better; it is the book captains share with their new crew to make sure all have the foundational knowledge to get the boat moving up to the top of the fleet--and staying there, year after year. Inside you will find a complete course in racing fundamentals, organized in the leg-by-leg nature of a typical sailboat race. This edition includes important post-Olympic rule changes, an entirely new section on racing with asymmetrical spinnakers, scores of helpful illustrations, and an updated listing of boats in the table of popular PHRF boats.


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"Just the tutorial you are looking for...Cort and Stearns deftly break down racing, from start to finish, into the basic elements, making the sport more accessible by giving the novice a strong understanding of the fundamentals from which to build. This book should be required reading for anyone wanting to get out on the course. ...the book [will make] the average sailor not only comfortable on the racecourse but competitive as well." --Tm Gregiore Sailing 20091101 "An excellent resource." Sailing World 20051101

Adam Cort is a former editor and regular contributor to Sailing magazine. He is a lifelong sailor, has cruised extensively, and has sailed and raced dinghies, maxis, and most boats in between. Richard Stearns is an America's Cup veteran and career sailor, sailmaker, boatbuilder and boat salesman. He has participated in 39 Chicago to Mackinac races winning 5 times, competed in 5 Olympic campaigns, won multiple North American championships and competed in Worlds and hemispheric championships around the world. Stearns has compiled an impressive record of international victories including three wins in the Southern Ocean Racing Circuit (SORC). Rich has won championships in boats form the 11 foot Penguin dinghy to 70-foot yachts.

General Fields

  • : 9780071808262
  • : McGraw-Hill Education - Europe
  • : McGraw-Hill Professional
  • : July 2013
  • : United States
  • : June 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 797.124
  • : 224
  • : illustrations
  • : Adam Cort
  • : Paperback
  • : 2nd Revised edition