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Sailing for Kids

Sailing for Kids is aimed at children aged 8-15 who are taking their first steps into the fantastic world of sailing. Packed full of colour photographs and diagrams, this straightforward and easy-to-understand guide is the perfect introduction to the sport. It is based on the Optimist dinghy, which is the most popular children's sailing dinghy worldwide, and endorsed by the UK Optimist Class Association. Topics covered include what to wear, setting up the boat, sailing and safety. For those who want to go further, there are also tips on sailing faster and preparing to race.
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Table of Contents

Foreword; 1. Parts of the boat; 2. Rigging; 3. Your first sail; 4. Launching; 5. Reaching; 6. Beating; 7. Running; 8. Sailing a circular course; 9. Landing; 10. Safety; 11. How the wind moves your boat; 12. Knots; 13. The rules; 14. How to go faster; 15. What's next?

About the Author

Tim Davison is a highly experienced sailor. He has been Laser (Masters) European and National Champion and British Moth National Champion. He is the author of over 10 sailing books, including the best-selling Laser Book and Racing: A Beginner's Guide.Steve Kibble is a keen sailor who was heavily involved in the Optimist Class' administration and training for several years.


"Whether you end up sailing for fun, club racing or aspire to reach Olympic standard, this book is an excellent starting point ... The Optimist Class Association in the UK is delighted to recommend this book." (UK Optimist Class Association) 'This volume should go down a treat with any aspiring young racers.' (Yachts & Yachting) 'Aimed at children aged 8-15 who aspire to sail. It is packed full of pics and diagrams, straightforward and easy to understand making it a perfect introduction to the sport. It's a great little book, liberally illustrated and is simple to follow.' (SAILING MAGAZINE December 2015). "The ultimate 'how-to' book for Oppi sailors. Sailing for Kids gets you on the water and around the course with easy to understand step-by-step manoeuvers, illustrated with logical diagrams and instructive photos, all of Oppis." (OptiNews).

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