Published under the pennants of the American Sailing Association and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, Sailing Fundamentals is an excellent guide for novice sailors ready to get their feet wet. This comprehensive manual helps beginners learn basic sailing and coastal cruising with step-by-step instructions for everything from hoisting the sail to docking. Written with clear prose by Gary Jobson--tactician aboard the 1977 America's Cup-winning Courageous--Sailing Fundamentals is specially designed to help sailors qualify for ASA certification--essential if you wish to charter a boat.
Necessary reading for novice sailors--and an excellent reference for intermediate to advanced sailors. --M. Stein
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Written by America's foremost instructional authority, the new edition of SAILING FUNDAMENTALS is widely recognized as the official 'learn-to-sail manual' of the American Sailing Association (ASA) - and used in the training programs of many yacht clubs, colleges, and sailing groups, including the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary nationwide. While most introductory sailing books reflect the biases and idiosyncrasies of their authors, SAILING FUNDAMENTALS is extensively pretested by ASA professional instructors to ensure it offers only the fastest, easiest, most systematic ways to learn basic sailing and coastal cruising. This invaluable guide covers every aspect of beginning sailing-from hoisting sail to docking and anchoring - and specifically prepares readers to qualify for sailing certification according to international standards.