About the Author; Foreword; Introduction; Part 1: Getting Ready: Assembling The Gear, What Each Control Does; Part 2: Tuning: Preparing Your Boat, The Initial Set Up, Refining The Set Up, Offwind Settings, Spinnakers, Two Boat Tuning, Troubleshooting; Part 3: Skills: What You Need, Attaching Fittings to the Hull, Ropework, Boat & Foil Repairs, Sail Care & Repairs, Rigging; End Note
Ian Pinnell has been winning sailing championships since the early 1980s and is continuing to do so over 30 years later. He has over 40 World, European and National Championship titles to his name in classes as diverse as the Enterprise, 505 and Mumm 30. He is Managing Director of Pinnell & Bax, one of the UK's leading sailmarkers and chandlers.
"Ian has a sailmaker's perspective, so his advice on rig set-up is unsurprisingly excellent. But it's also got some useful boat maintenance and repair info including how to do some of the basic spilces." (Andy Rice, Yachts & Yachting) "Ian Pinnell, who has won more championships than most of us can dream of, explains with clear text, photographs and diagrams how to tune your dinghy for maximum boat speed. Once you have that, you can concentrate on your own performance." (Iain Percy) "Ian Pinnell starts with a very useful guide on how to buy a boat, either new or second-hand. This section has lots of good tips, and lays the foundations for future sections. The book then progresses through what each of the controls on the boat does and how to use them, and includes lots of illustrations and tables to help make sense of what had previously seemed like a gordian knot of unfathomable possibilities. The Troubleshooting section is incredibly useful, as it has clear illustrations of lots of common tuning problems, their causes and how to fix them." (The Final Beat) "He unravels the mystery of boat tuning and will help you to improve your boatspeed." (Yachts & Yachting, Nov 2016) "This is an excellent book. Some authors might have great sailing knowledge, but cannot put it across. Not Pinnell, he can communicate too... He deploys all his knowledge in an organised manner, putting all his points across clearly and succinctly." (Yachting Life, Mar 2017) "With hundreds of photos and diagrams to illustrate every point, the book clearly explains what each control does and how to set it up optimally for different conditions." (Sailing Magazine, Nov 2016)