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The Complete Yachtmaster


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Established as the standard reference for Yachtmaster students. Includes: an analysis of a good skipper; the theory and practice of sailing; seamanship; navigation, including plotters and PCs; meteorology; heavy weather and stability; and coping with emergencies. Required reading for all skippers whether on board or in the classroom.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. The skipper 2. The theory of sailing 3. Efficient sailing 4. Basic seamanship under sail 5. Boat handling under sail 6. Boat handling under power 7. Ropes and ropework 8. Anchoring 9. Yacht engines 10. Sailing in heavy weather 11. Navigation - an introduction 12. Charts, publications and chart table tools 13. Aids to navigation 14. Tidal heights 15. Tidal streams 16. Traditional navigational inputs 17. The estimated position 18. Classical position fixing 19. Satellites and radar 20. Course shaping 21. Navigational strategy 22. Passage planning 23. Pilotage 24. Passage navigation 25. Domestics of a passage 26. Fog 27. Collision avoidance in poor visibility 28. Tactics and navigation in heavy weather 29. Damage control 30. Emergencies 31. Man overboard 32. Weather Appendix: stability in sailing yachts Index

About the Author

Tom Cunliffe has been sailing for most of his life and has worked in all branches of the profession, both racing and cruising. He is an RYA Yachtmaster Examiner (Offshore and Ocean) and writes regularly for Yachting Monthly and Yachting World. He has sailed from the Caribbean to Russia and from Brazil to the Arctic.


Required reading for skippers whether on board or in the classroom. * Yachting Life *
Brings together all the essentials of modern cruising in one volume, and ensures that this time-tested book will continue to be the foundation for navigators, skippers and anyone undertaking coastal and offshore passages. * All at Sea *
The absolute bible for anyone intending to go to sea in boats. * *
No other book explains every facet of sailing as comprehensively...any boat would be better equipped with this book aboard. * Yachting Monthly *
Excellent, a must for the library and winter reading. * Compass Magazine *
Contains everything you need to know about the theory and practice of sailing * Surrey Herald *
An ideal gift to give to the aspiring sailor to ensure the challenges ahead are properly understood. * Nautical Magazine *
These are new editions of well-established books essentially addressing the RYA Yachtmaster offshore qualification. Both books are beautifully produced with excellent diagrams and illustrations in full colour and seem to me to cover the syllabus comprehensively and well. * The Little Ship *
As in most Adlard Coles publications it also almost goes without saying that the presentation - text, graphics, pictures - is superb. * Sailing For Southern Africa *
It guides examination candidates as authoritatively and reassuringly through the RYA syllabus as a sea pilot bringing a ship to harbour. * Yachting Life *
the standard reference for for Yachtmaster students and skippers. * Press Journal *
An essential read for anyone contemplating making a coastal or off-shore passage. * WindCheck magazine *

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