Synopses & Reviews
To be a consistent race winner you need a fast boat, but often the only difference between a slow boat and a fast one is the way the mast and sails are adjusted. In this book Lawrie Smith shows you how to get it right.
He starts off with a step-by-step guide to setting up fractional and masthead rigs - checking the fittings, putting the mast in the right place and assembling the standing rigging.
Then its time to go sailing, and get down to some serious tuning. The author looks at the rig controls, and shows how to adjust them for the condition of the moment. With the rig set up, he turns his attention to the sails, and explains how to trim them for maximum efficiency on every point of sailing. He shows you the sail shape to aim at, why it works, and hw to achieve it. In short, how to make your boat the fastest on the water.
About the Author
Lawrie Smith is one of Britain's most versatile helmsmen. He has one the J24 Europeans and the six-metre world and European championships. He has skippered two Americans Cup Challengers, won the Fastnet Race and played a key role in the British Admirals Cup and Southern Cross Teams. As a dinghy sailor he has been world champion in three classes.
Table of Contents
Assembling the gear.
Tuning the rig.
Tuning the genoa.
Tuning the mainsail.
Fractional rig problems.