How to Trim Sails: Dinghies to Offshore Cruisers

Author(s): Peter Schweer

Nautical - Seamanship

A practical guide to sail trim for all types of boat, from dinghies to offshore cruisers. Contains technical details suitable for both the beginner and the keen racer. Covers masthead, swept-spreader and fractional rigs (with and without running backstays). Trim advice for all wind conditions and points of sail. Includes easy reference trimming tables.


This highly practical guide explains what sail trim is all about - how to achieve it and what its benefits are. Aimed at owners and crews sailing all types of boats, from dinghies to offshore cruisers, with either masthead or fractional rigs, it covers: 



  • mainsails and headsails

  • trim for light airs, medium strength and strong winds

  • trim for beating, reaching and running

  • correct camber and mast rake

  • weather helm - causes and cures

  • easy reference trimming tables


How to Trim Sails will help racers and cruisers of all levels of experience get the best performance from their boats and sails.

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Product Information

'Any owner will find help here in unravelling the mysteries of sail shape, as it is affected by mast bend, luff tension and the rest' Practical Boat Owner

Peter Schweer has international experience in all forms of sailing from blue water cruising to top-level racing. He regularly demonstrates sail trim techniques at European boat shows.

General Fields

  • : 9781408132920
  • : A & C Black Publishers Ltd
  • : Adlard Coles Nautical
  • : March 2011
  • : 216mm X 138mm X 7mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : June 2011
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Peter Schweer
  • : Paperback
  • : 3rd Revised edition
  • : 623.862
  • : 112
  • : Photos and two-colour diagrams