Fast Track to Cruising

How to Go from Novice to Cruise-Ready in Seven Days

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Date

December 10, 2004

Format

Mixed media product, 256 pages

ISBN

0071406727 / 9780071406727

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22.95



Overview


Main description

Learn how to handle a cruising sailboat in as little as seven days--even if you've never sailed before!

Who says you have to be an experienced daysailor before you can think about cruising? Steve and Doris Colgate know that most of us don't have that kind of time. At the Offshore Sailing School, the Colgates have helped more than 100,000 adults--three-quarters of whom started as beginning sailors or complete newcomers--take the helm of a midsize cruising sailboat. Now Fast Track to Cruising offers these proven instructional methods to all aspiring sailors with big dreams and little time.

This is the very first guide that teaches sailing and cruising together, taking you from your first sail to independent cruising in one leap. You can make that leap in as little as seven days--as in the Colgates' "Fast Track to Cruising" course--or you can get there at a more leisurely pace. Either way, no other book will take you from your first tacking or docking maneuver to a mastery of navigation and diesel engines as efficiently as this one.

"America's most experienced sailing instructors present a thorough and easy to understand look at cruising. Leisure time is precious. Safety is paramount. The Colgates will help you maximize your time on the water."--Gary Jobson, ESPN's lead sailing analyst and editor at large for Cruising World and Sailing World

"Doris and Steve Colgate understand that people want to reach their sailing goals as quickly as possible and they've built the excellent Fast Track program to accomplish it."--Bernadette Bernon, former editorial director of Cruising World magazine

"Together Steve and Doris Colgate have been teaching beginners to sail for over half a century. In Fast Track to Cruising they have included every concept and procedure you need to get yourself from a want-to-be sailor to one who is knowledgeable and competent to take the helm--with confidence and a smile."--Charles Mason, Executive Editor, SAIL magazine


Table of contents

Acknowledgments Introduction Day One: Getting to Know Your Boat Chapter 1: The Language of Sailing Important Words to Know How to Measure a Sailboat How to Describe a Sailboat Standing Rigging Running Rigging Sails and How to Describe Them Chapter 2: Start Sailing Sailing Comfort is All about Preparation Getting Aboard Getting Ready to Sail Getting Underway Steering Make Yourself Comfortable Chapter 3: The Points of Sail Finding Wind Direction Your Boat is Always on a Tack Cycling Through the Points of Sail Changing Course Downwind Sailing toward the Wind When Tacks Don't Go as Planned Day Two: Building Confidence and Skills Chapter 4: Wind and Sails: A Powerful Team Wind Creates Lift Two Sails are More Efficient than One The Effect of Heeling Using Telltales Wind Flow on a Run Jib Leads How Sails are Made Sail Controls Reading and Using the Wind Chapter 5: Balance and Stability How Weather and Lee Helm Affect Balance How Sails Affect Balance How Weight Affects Balance How the Keel and Hull Shape Affect Stability How to Control Stability Determining Speed Sailing Dinghies Chapter 6: Handling Heavy Weather and Rescuing Crew Sailing in Heavy Weather What to Do in a Squall Crew Overboard! Day Three: Going and Coming with Ease Chapter 7: Mooring, Docking and Anchoring Under Sail Mooring Pickup without a Motor How to Anchor Under Sail How to Dock Under Sail If You Go Aground Chapter 8: Right-of-Way Rules and Navigation How to Determine if You are on a Collision Course Rules of the Road Navigation Basics Day Four: Getting Familiar with Bigger Boats Chapter 9: Segue to a Cruising Boat Cruising Lingo Learning the Systems Aboard Proper Engine Use Maneuvering Under Power Chapter 10: Getting Underway Before You Leave Leave the Dock in Style Setting Sail Safe and Efficient Winch Use Tidying Up on Deck Chapter 11: Basic Maneuvers Under Sail and Power When and Where to Tack How to Tack a Cruising Boat How to Jibe a Cruising Boat Dousing Sails at Day's End Day Five: Settling Down for the Night Chapter 12: Docking and Mooring a Cruising Boat Approaching a Dock Picking Up a Mooring Med-Moor Docking How to Back in from a Preset Mooring Shutting Down Chapter 13: Anchoring Your Cruising Boat Anchors and their Holding Power Where to Anchor Setting Your Anchor When Two Anchors are Better Anchoring in Deep Water Special Circumstances How to Get Going Again Day Six: Techniques for Successful Cruising Chapter 14: Sail Trim for Cruising How to Steer Comfortably When Wind Velocity Changes Why Sail Shape is Important Mainsail Control and Shape Proper Genoa Trim Control in Heavy Air Chapter 15: Safety and Health Tips for Cruising How to Avoid Being Seasick Other Health Conditions You Might Encounter Equipment Failures Can Cause Accidents Tips for Going Up a Mast What to Do if Someone Goes Overboard What to Do if You Go Aground What to Do if Steering Fails A Collision Can Ruin Your Day Sailing at Night and in Restricted Visibility Day Seven: Gone Cruising! Chapter 16: Navigation: Knowing Where You Are and Where You Are Going Becoming a Navigator How to Use Charts Where You Can and Cannot Sail Understanding Variation and Deviation What is Dead Reckoning? How to Avoid Hazards Other Tips for Navigating Navigating in Current Satellite Navigation Chapter 17: Creature Comforts and Other Tips for Cruising Your Dinghy Use of Water Aboard Cooking Aboard Marine Toilets Dealing with Garbage Safety Below Tips for Swimming and Fishing Communicating between Boats Chapter 18: Cruise Ready! About Bareboat Chartering What to Pack for Your Cruise Customs and Currency Abroad Cruising Courtesy Beyond Chartering Appendix 1: Seven-Day Study Program Appendix 2: Tips and Checklists Glossary Index


Author comments

Steve Colgate founded the Offshore Sailing School in 1964. He has participated in two America's Cup trials, seventeen Newport-Bermuda races, seven Fastnet Races, the Pan American Games, the Olympics, and six transatlantic races. Doris Colgate is president of the Offshore Sailing School and founder of the National Women's Sailing Association. In 2003, US SAILING awarded the Colgates the Timothea Larr Trophy in recognition of their outstanding leadership and excellence in sailing education.


Back cover copy

Learn how to handle a cruising sailboat in as little as seven days--even if you've never sailed before!

Who says you have to be an experienced daysailor before you can think about cruising? Steve and Doris Colgate know that most of us don't have that kind of time. At the Offshore Sailing School, the Colgates have helped more than 100,000 adults--three-quarters of whom started as beginning sailors or complete newcomers--take the helm of a midsize cruising sailboat. Now Fast Track to Cruising offers these proven instructional methods to all aspiring sailors with big dreams and little time.

This is the very first guide that teaches sailing and cruising together, taking you from your first sail to independent cruising in one leap. You can make that leap in as little as seven days--as in the Colgates' "Fast Track to Cruising" course--or you can get there at a more leisurely pace. Either way, no other book will take you from your first tacking or docking maneuver to a mastery of navigation and diesel engines as efficiently as this one.

"America's most experienced sailing instructors present a thorough and easy to understand look at cruising. Leisure time is precious. Safety is paramount. The Colgates will help you maximize your time on the water."--Gary Jobson, ESPN's lead sailing analyst and editor at large for Cruising World and Sailing World

"Doris and Steve Colgate understand that people want to reach their sailing goals as quickly as possible and they've built the excellent Fast Track program to accomplish it."--Bernadette Bernon, former editorial director of Cruising World magazine

"Together Steve and Doris Colgate have been teaching beginners to sail for over half a century. In Fast Track to Cruising they have included every concept and procedure you need to get yourself from a want-to-be sailor to one who is knowledgeable and competent to take the helm--with confidence and a smile."--Charles Mason, Executive Editor, SAIL magazine

Steve Colgate founded the Offshore Sailing School in 1964. He has participated in two America's Cup trials, seventeen Newport-Bermuda races, seven Fastnet Races, the Pan American Games, the Olympics, and six transatlantic races. Doris Colgate is president of the Offshore Sailing School and founder of the National Women's Sailing Association. In 2003, US SAILING awarded the Colgates the Timothea Larr Trophy in recognition of their outstanding leadership and excellence in sailing education.





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